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J. Crispin Clarke

Senior Associate



Crispin Clarke joined Ford + Bergner in 2020. Mr. Clarke is a native Houstonian and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. 

While pursuing his law degree, Mr. Clarke developed a strong interest in the subject area of probate, trust, estate, and guardianship law. Mr. Clarke showed success in the area through grades, honors, and awards. Mr. Clarke has publications in the section area’s quarterly journal of the State Bar of Texas; he also served as a judicial intern in Harris County Probate Court Number Three (3). 

Both during and after law school, Mr. Clarke worked for a probate litigation firm in Houston where he represented guardians, trustees, administrators, beneficiaries, and executors of estates in administrative matters and fiduciary litigation matters. He also counseled and represented individuals on matters involving financial planning and planning for the disposition of assets at death. 

Mr. Clarke continues to handle administrative and estate planning matters at Ford + Bergner and caters to a diverse base of clients in both the Greater Houston area and throughout the State of Texas. 

Practice Areas

  • Estate, Trust, and Guardianship Litigation
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. – 2016
  • University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. – 2011 and 2012
    • Special Honors in Humanities
    • Honors in History


  • Super Lawyers; Rising Stars, 2023 and 2024
  • Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts, and Estates Section Award, 2016
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section Student Writing Contest Award, Third Place, 2016

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Guardian Ad Litem Certification, 2019
  • State Bar of Texas: Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law, Litigation and Tax Sections, Member
  • Houston Bar Association: Probate, Trust, and Estate, Litigation and Tax Sections, Member
  • Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, Member
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2016