DEBBIE A. LEE-CLARK is an Associate with Schutt, Schmidt & Noey, having merged her solo practice with the law firm in March 2018. Debbie is a true-blue Kentucky Wildcat, who obtained her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Economics from the University of Kentucky summa cum laude in 1981. She obtained her law degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2000, from which she graduated first in her class with Highest Honors. While in law school, she served on Law Review as Staff Editor, Managing Editor and ultimately as the Advisory Managing Editor.

Becoming a lawyer was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Debbie. While in college, and immediately thereafter, Debbie worked as a Human Rights Investigator and Administrator for state and local equal employment and fair housing agencies in Kentucky. Leaving that work, she relocated across the country and began what would become a two-decade, successful career in transportation and logistics with Yellow Freight System, Inc., now known as YRC Worldwide. During her tenure with Yellow, she held various positions in operations, sales, management and corporate auditing.

Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Lee-Clark resigned from Yellow to work as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Thomas E. Morris. What started as a temporary, two-year position turned into twelve plus years as the Career Law Clerk with Judge Morris, until his retirement in late 2013. Thereafter, she opened New Life Legal, PLLC, as a solo law practice and dispute resolution firm that focused on trust and estate planning, probate, real property transactions and civil mediations of disputes in Florida circuit and federal courts. In early 2018, Debbie joined Schutt, Schmidt & Noey.

Areas of Practice

Insurance Defense & Commercial Liability Litigation
Personal Injury
Construction Defects
Premises Liability
Appellate
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
Probate, Estate and Trust Administration
Probate Conflict Resolution and Litigation
Circuit Court Mediations
Federal Court Mediations

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar – 2001
The United States District Court, Middle District of Florida - 2001

Education

George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1977
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1981
University of Florida Moot Court Team

Honors and Awards

JALA Outstanding Pro Bono Award – 2011, 2018
Phi Beta Kappa
Florida Coastal School of Law Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement – 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

The Florida Bar
The Florida Bar – Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
The Jacksonville-Bar Association – Various Committees
Jacksonville Federal Bar Association
Chester Bedell Chapter American Inns of Court (Alumnus)
Order of the Honorable Kentucky Colonels
Christian Legal Society – Jacksonville Chapter
Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Certified Mediator