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.