Texas Top 50 Women to Watch: Becky Clarke of Cubeta + Clarke
Once a team player, always a team player: Becky Clarke, partner and co-founder of Cubeta + Clarke law firm approaches each case she tackles with the same courage, strategy and leadership that she did on the volleyball court in a former life. Clarke’s love of competition and goal-setting on the court has translated into the courtroom—where she has successfully tried more than 150 jury trials and handled more than 3,000 cases. A wife and a mother of three young children first and foremost when she comes home from the office, Clarke shares her off-duty passions to empower young girls as an athletic coach, following in the footsteps of the women who have made her into who she is today.
On her background:
Fresh out of law school, I joined the Dallas District Attorney’s Office as an entry-level prosecutor. My first day on the job, I was thrown into a jury trial as intense as if I had been practicing for 15 years. That experience (and many others along the way) molded me. I developed the confidence and skillsets I needed to make an impact in that office, which had been male-dominated for years before my arrival.
After achieving top rank in my office and becoming the youngest member of the executive team, I was able to shift to a position of HR and employment-related supervision, and I made executive decisions for many departments in the office. When my partner Kelli Cubeta and I decided to launch Cubeta + Clarke, we knew from our own personal experiences in business management that companies deserve a better approach than what is currently being offered to them.
On why Cubeta + Clarke is different:
My law partner Kelli Cubeta and I both have our MBA’s and we are business owners. Experience as in-house counsel and as a business executive gives us a distinct advantage to serve our clients better than any other firm, in both pace and the manner in which we problem solve. There is a certain wisdom that comes from living and breathing the specific challenges that companies face, and that is what makes Cubeta + Clarke highly effective and different from other law firms.
On passions and the pursuit of community impact:
First and foremost, I am passionate about my family. I have two sons, a daughter and a supportive husband. Sports have been a huge passion in my life since childhood. From a young age, I was taught the discipline of accountability and perseverance from many coaches throughout each stage in my development. Without the guidance of these coaches and the accountability that sports provided to me, I sincerely believe my life would have taken a different turn.
It is very important to me to show my own daughter how to commit and dedicate herself to something she is passionate about. Equally as important, I want to show her how others may depend on her and how she can be a responsible teammate to them along the way. As an adult and a parent, I have enjoyed coaching children in my community. You can see immediate results in a child when you dedicate time to them in a setting outside of their home and school. It is my privilege and honor to spend time with these kiddos in an athletic environment and watch them develop relationships and leadership skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
On her personal female hero:
My personal hero is made up of a collage of women, including my Mom, many talented coaches, the best teammates a girl could have wished for, and other strong women who have made a lasting impression on my life. They have many faces, but only one voice. This collection of women has guided me through the tough times in life.
During any life struggle, I rely on what these strong women have always taught me. They remind me that I am never alone, that the correct answer is usually the hardest answer, and to stop dwelling and find my solution. I have learned from them that being “successful” is a personal definition. Most importantly, these resilient women have taught me that being a woman is the proudest part of my journey, and to make sure to relish in the thought of accomplishing all with other women beside me, so that we can collectively rise to our own personal success.
Connect with Becky Clarke at CubetaClarke.com.
This profile was (Em)Powered by Cubeta + Clarke.
Edited from an interview by Eleanora Morrison.