Vedder Price

Bryan K. Clark


Bryan Clark is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the Litigation group in the firm’s Chicago office.

Over his career, Mr. Clark has built a reputation as a practical and creative problem-solver, helping clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual student journalists resolve legal issues in a reasonable way that takes into account the realities of running a business. A seasoned litigator, Mr. Clark has litigated media and privacy cases in state and federal jurisdictions across the country, with an emphasis on defending high stakes class action lawsuits involving astronomical damages claims that often threaten to put companies out of business. Based on lessons learned in litigating cases nationwide, Mr. Clark also regularly advises clients on data privacy and cybersecurity issues, helps companies formulate policies and procedures to comply with privacy laws and regulations, and assists with responding to data security incidents.

Media and Privacy Defense

As a former journalist, Mr. Clark has a unique perspective on the risks facing traditional newsrooms and online publications. He has extensive experience litigating cases on behalf of journalists, media outlets, publishers, advertisers, digital marketers, and lead generators against claims related to defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, reporter’s privilege, and more. Mr. Clark also has litigated cases related to a variety of privacy and consumer protection statutes across the country, including the TCPA, CAN-SPAM Act, BIPA, CIPA, and the CCPA, to name a few. His work in this space has been widely recognized – from 2017 to 2020, he was selected by Chambers USA as an “Associate to Watch” in Illinois Media & Entertainment Litigation. Mr. Clark also has deep ties to the field of media law – his first legal job was as an intern for Media/Professional Insurance (now AXIS PRO), and prior to law school, Mr. Clark studied news editorial journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he won several awards for his journalistic writing at the Columbia Missourian.

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Advising

Mr. Clark brings his knowledge as a litigator to bear in advising clients on data privacy and cybersecurity issues. His goal is to avoid litigation, but if it cannot be avoided, he wants his clients to be in a position to maximize privilege and have a strong defense. Mr. Clark has been on the front lines of advising on the ever-changing statutory and regulatory schemes related to data privacy for more than a decade, advising on GDPR, CCPA, NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulations, and a host of other statutes and regulations. He takes a practical approach to compliance, working closely with clients to understand their needs and create policies and procedures that are right for them, rather than forcing a one-size-fits-all model. Mr. Clark routinely helps companies across a variety of industries prepare privacy policies, terms of use, privacy notices, data retention policies, data destruction policies, data security audits, and internal data security policies.

Data Breach Response

Mr. Clark has helped dozens of companies around the world navigate the difficult and complicated process of responding to a data breach. He has been involved in responding to nation-state attacks, ransomware attacks, denial of service attacks, phishing attacks, lost laptops, and every other type of breach you can imagine. Mr. Clark helps clients conduct internal investigations, understand their obligations, and respond in an appropriate fashion, with the goal of avoiding litigation or putting the client in the best position for any future litigation. Rather than employing a cookie-cutter approach, Mr. Clark works with clients to determine what response makes the most sense for them.

General Litigation

In addition to his work in media and privacy litigation, Mr. Clark has extensive experience as a general commercial litigator, working on topics as diverse as copyright, trademark, consumer fraud, warranty, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, environmental, construction, and insurance law. Mr. Clark’s deep understanding of class action litigation has made him an asset to many litigation teams dealing with class action claims. He is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and has first-chair trial experience in federal court, as well as experience handling appeals at the state and federal level, including multiple cert petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

From 2017 to 2022, Mr. Clark was selected as an “Emerging Lawyer”, an affiliate of Leading Lawyers, in Civil Rights/Constitutional Law and Commercial Litigation. And in the 2021-2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, he was recognized in the field of Litigation - Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Litigation.

Pro Bono

Mr. Clark takes an active interest in serving the community through pro bono work. Over the years, he has worked on behalf of nonprofit media entities, represented student journalists, represented an Illinois prisoner with multiple sclerosis, handled multiple Section 1983 civil rights cases, assisted aspiring film directors with copyright disputes, and provided legal services for a newly formed church. Mr. Clark previously served as a PILI Fellow, working on civil liberties issues for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.



Bryan K. Clark



  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2008, cum laude
  • University of Missouri–Columbia, B.J., B.A., 2005, summa cum laude

Bryan K. Clark


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2008

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2019


Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Member, ABA Forum on Communications Law

Chair, ABA TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee, 2010-2011

Co-Chair, KCMBA Media Law Committee, 2016-2017

Bryan K. Clark


Bryan K. Clark


Bryan K. Clark



Mr. Clark contributes to our Media & Privacy Risk Report blog. To view it, please click here.