+Former VP Sales and Business Development at ThinkHR
+Former Assistant General Counsel for the University of Miami
+Creator of SEC contract and clause database: LawInsider.com.
+LegalTech Blog Editor: TheLawInsider.com.
+Licensed Attorney, State of Florida (inactive)
+University of Miami Board of Trustees (2007-2008)
+Former Vice President of the Law Alumni Association, University of Miami
+Former SBA President (Miami)
Preston was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He attended Roosevelt High School where he was active in student government (class president ’94-’96) and sports (varsity basketball). Immediately after high school, Preston spent his summer at the International Film Workshop in Rockport, Maine where he studied film production. In the fall of 1996, Preston enrolled at Seattle University (SU) to study philosophy, where he also walked on to the SU basketball team (DII). In 1998, at 19, Preston left SU to embark on a 10-week solo bike tour across Ireland and Morocco. Upon returning to the US, Preston moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at Loyola Marymount University where he would go on to graduate with honors in Philosophy. After completing a summer internship with AdWeek Magazine as a copywriter, Preston returned to Seattle in 2001 and applied to join the Peace Corps.
While waiting for his Peace Corps assignment, Preston drove a bakery truck for the Essential Baking Company in downtown Seattle. Preston left for El Salvador, Central America in 2001. Preston lived in a small village on the volcano of Conchagua. With no running water, limited electricity and an abundance of ambition, Preston spent the next 2+ years of his life building potable water systems and teaching rural farmers about alternative and sustainable farming methods. Upon return to the US in 2004, Preston moved back to Los Angeles where he worked as a law clerk for an insurance defense firm while preparing for the LSAT.
In 2005, Preston Clark enrolled in law school at the University of Miami. During his three years as a student, Preston became president of the Student Bar Association and president of the Immigration Law Society. Preston also became the first law student to sit on the Board of Trustees for the University of Miami while a student.
During his final year of law school, Preston started a media and production company called Before Class Media with David Podein. With the help of about 40 law students and local attorneys, Preston and David together produced a court room training video that would later become a top seller on Amazon.com for legal education. Watch preview here.
After graduation, Preston passed the Florida Bar Exam (on his second try!) and took a job as assistant general counsel at the University of Miami. For the next two years, Preston handled NCAA internal audits, FTC compliance, contract and license agreement negotiations, among other internal legal matters on behalf of the University of Miami.
In 2010, Preston left the general counsel’s office and headed to New York City. In New York, Preston was the director of business development for 1800Accountant, an SMB focused accounting technology company. Along the way, Preston became fascinated by the B2B tech movement in the Bay Area, and in 2012, left NYC for SF.
In mid-2012, Preston launched LawInsider.com– his first technology venture, which today is the largest freely searchable contract and clause database in the world, supporting over 200,000 registered users, 750,000 monthly page views and over 200 new registrants per day.
In January of 2013, Preston became the VP of Business Development at ThinkHR. After two successful years building the ThinkHR inside sales team and driving over $1mm in revenue, Preston was tapped to become Chief Revenue Officer at Walnut Creek based compliance technology company, LawRoom, where he helped the company drive over $4.5M ARR in new logos in his first year on the job– more than doubling the previous year’s sales productivity. LawRoom was acquired by EverFi in July, 2016. Preston was tapped as EverFi’s President for Higher Education and Corporate Compliance divisions.
Preston has a son (pictured above), named Oliver. Oliver is awesome.