Prior BigLaw and In-House Experience
Mary Kay, Inc.
Dallas City Attorney’s Office
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
University of Texas at Arlington, BBA Finance
SMU Dedman School of Law, JD
The George Washington University, Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
Clement enjoys counselling business leaders, employees and other stakeholders on legal matters affecting the day-to-day operation of their respective organizations. It is a role he relishes given that he spent majority of his legal career as in-house counsel in the law departments of a government agency, privately held corporations and a publicly traded corporation.
In his most recent in-house position, Clement served as the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of a publicly traded IT consulting company, where he was charged with helping the company create the right structure for its compliance program, taking into account the size, business and risk profile of the company. The role included chairing the company’s compliance committee, creating a comprehensive compliance program for managing and directing enterprise compliance activities and carrying out or overseeing internal investigations to ensure that business conduct aligned with ethical standards.
Clement also served as interim Vice President and General Counsel for DPT Laboratories, Ltd., a contract manufacturing pharmaceutical company. For almost two-years, he counseled DPT on all major legal matters related to business transactions, including arrangements to manufacture and supply pharmaceutical products, research and development arrangements, M&A activities, joint ventures, vendor services, litigation and regulatory compliance and he often assisted the company with OSHA, DEA and FDA related inspections.
Prior to his engagement with DPT (and much to the delight of his wife), Clement spent almost 12 years with Mary Kay Inc. His practice at Mary Kay was focused on international and cross-border transactions, contracts, real estate, compliance and regulatory matters, as well as import and export compliance matters.
In the mid to late 2000s, when FCPA enforcement activities were on the rise, as the in-house counsel in charge of Mary Kay’s international legal support function, Clement orchestrated and managed the development of the company’s FCPA/anti-bribery/anti-corruption compliance program. He found himself travelling around the globe to locations where the company had operations outside the United States, especially to countries considered high-risk for corruption, to raise awareness (train company employees and educate vendors) about the law. The most exciting part of the experience for Clement was helping to contextualize for foreign citizens the enforcement of the FCPA against non-US citizens for conduct occurring in foreign locations, and the practical implications of such enforcement actions for the company (the samba dancing and the great food in countries like Brazil were merely an added bonus!).
In his last position at Mary Kay, Clement served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, where he was responsible for overseeing legal support services for the company’s international operations in over 35 countries outside the United States in the Asia/Pacific, Europe, North and South America regions. To enable compliance with regulatory requirements, he often worked with local in-country legal counsel to create country-specific version of Mary Kay’s direct-selling distribution model agreements where necessary for both legal and practical reasons. Regrettably although he learned all he needed to know about make-up and cosmetics, he never earned the right to drive a pink Cadillac!
It was while at Mary Kay that Clement developed a passion for Ethics & Compliance as a discipline. Equipped with the knowledge he gained from working in various compliance-driven environments, attending numerous compliance trainings and serving on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals (BODA) for the State of Texas (a position to which he was appointed twice by the Texas Supreme Court), Clement now counsels corporations, employees and business partners on ethics and compliance related matters.
Prior to working at Mary Kay, Clement held an in-house position at Accor, N.A. (the former parent company of Motel 6, Red Roof Inn and Studio 6), where he handled real estate matters, including leases, sale and purchase of properties, construction, franchising, zoning and land-use. He also previously worked in-house at the Dallas City Attorney’s Office, as Assistant City Attorney where he litigated zoning and land-use cases, and counseled the City Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment on zoning and land-use matters.
Clement received a J.D., with honors, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and a B.B.A., in Finance, from the University of Texas at Arlington. To further enhance the scope of his compliance practice, Clement obtained a certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance from The George Washington University in 2017.
Clement holds a Certified in Healthcare Compliance (C.H.C.) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) certificates. He has given numerous speeches on compliance with various anti-bribery laws, conducting risk assessments, conducting internal investigations, and conducting compliance training in many parts of the world including Brazil, China, Mexico, Russia and the United States.
Clement currently serves as the Grand Counselor (Chief Legal Officer) for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and on the Board of Vision Africa. Clement is also a member of the Executive Board of SMU Dedman School of Law and is certified as a public arbitrator by the Financial Institute Regulatory Authority (FINRA). When idle (which is never, because the guy has also acquired interest in a couple of 7-11 franchises, where he can be found occasionally behind the cash register ringing up sales much to the chagrin of the store managers who believe he is lousy at it!) he enjoys playing pick-up basketball early in the mornings (5:30 am!!!) a couple of days a week with a small group of very dedicated friends. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two children (a son and a daughter).