R. Clarke Speaks is an Injury Lawyer. He recovers money for people injured in auto and workplace accidents. Clarke has recovered millions of dollars for injured people since he started the Speaks Law Firm in 1997. The mission of the firm is simple. We stand up for injured people against big insurance companies.

We fulfill that mission in two ways. First, we provide reliable information for injured people at an early stage of their claim. We want them to know the rules and the process so that they can make informed decisions. Informed decisions lead to better outcomes. We want them to have this information early in the claims process so that they can avoid common and expensive mistakes.

Second, we fight for our clients. We fight to ensure that they will have the best medical care, least inconvenience and most compensation. We fight to ensure that each insurance company pays what it should. We fight to make our clients mentally, physically and financially whole again after an accident.

In addition to helping injured people, Clarke has another passion. He believes in investing time and resources in our local youth sports programs. The Speaks Law Firm regularly sponsors youth sports teams. In addition, Clarke coaches soccer and basketball. The focus of any Speaks Law Firm youth sports team is to do our best, get better and have fun.

Clarke graduated from East Carolina University and Campbell University, School of Law. He has received various honors and distinctions throughout his career. He has written a guidebook for young lawyers for the North Carolina Bar Association. He has been a presenter at legal education seminars for the North Carolina Bar Association. Clarke is the author of The North Carolina Auto Injury Book. He has written other books and articles. He has spoken to large and small groups about his approach to the practice of law.


Mr. Speaks has achieved National Recognition by attorney ranking sites such as AVVO and Super Lawyers. Specifically, he has attained a rating of “10.0” out of a maximum score of 10.0. In addition, he is rated  “Superb”. Superb is the highest possible rating. He has earned the “Top Car Accident Attorney” designation. In addition, R. Clarke Speaks has been selected to Super Lawyers for his work in the field of personal injury law. He has received that recognition for two consecutive years. Mr. Speaks was also named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each of the last two years.

Education & Background

R. Clarke Speaks was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in economics and a focus on Mathematics. In addition, he is a graduate of Campbell University School of Law. There, he was the recipient of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for excellence in trial skills. He clerked for law firms, the district attorney’s office and United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard while in law school.


Since 1997 Mr. Speaks has represented thousands of individuals, businesses, and organizations all over North Carolina as well as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He has submitted briefs to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has argued before the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia on many occasions.

He has successfully represented individuals and corporations in litigation with the United States Government, the State of North Carolina, large and small corporate defendants and virtually every insurance company operating in the United States.

Extensive experience and a commitment to exceeding client expectations is what separate Mr. Speaks from other lawyers.