Company: Chicago Magic Lounge
Location: Glenview, Illinois, United States
Donald Cameron Clark Jr., co-owner at the Chicago Magic Lounge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of law and entertainment.
Initially finding success throughout a four-decade career in legal service, Mr. Clark has since leveraged his communication skills and passion for justice toward the telling of relevant and entertaining stories on behalf of the public. In this capacity, he has distinguished himself as an author, executive producer, and the co-owner of the Chicago Magic Lounge, a performance venue that has been rated among “Chicago’s Best” by Chicago Magazine.
Committed to popular entertainment in various forms, Mr. Clark is the author of a true crime memoir, “Summary Judgment,” which won the Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medal in the true crime category. He has also produced two plays, “When Harry Met Rehab,” a comedy that was lauded as the “Best New Play” by the Chicago Reader, and “The Encounter,” a New York Times Critic’s Pick and Tony Award-winning production. Additionally, Mr. Clark is the executive producer of “Guest Artist,” a feature film that has received a wealth of accolades from the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, the Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival, the Beloit International Film Festival, the Sacramento International Film Festival, the NYC Independent Film Festival, IndieFEST and the Accolade Global Film Competition.
Prior to his work in entertainment, Mr. Clark availed himself through his career in legal service, working as a trial attorney at various law firms throughout Chicago. Specializing in religious liberty jurisprudence, his accomplishments during this time included establishing the right of clergy to preside over same-sex marriages in North Carolina and serving as general counsel for the United Church of Christ in Cleveland. Most notably, he also reversed the conviction of an inmate on death row in Alabama, which formed the basis for his book, “Summary Judgment.” Well-regarded for his prolific tenure in the field, Mr. Clark has also authored numerous articles that have appeared in various legal journals, delivered several speeches and commencement addresses, and lectured before the American Academy of Religion, among other achievements.
In recent years, Mr. Clark’s play, “When Harry Met Rehab,” was nominated for Best New Work at the Joseph Jefferson Awards in Chicago. Based on the true story of a family friend, the play will make its off-broadway New York debut in 2024.
Mr. Clark first studied political economy at Williams College, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1976. Following this accomplishment, he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Rutgers University School of Law in 1979. In accounting for his subsequent success, Mr. Clark largely credits the support of his wife and family, as well as the courage of his convictions. Looking toward the future, he aspires to continue bringing important messages to the general public through the medium of storytelling and popular entertainment.
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