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C. Daniel Clemente
Born (1936-10-14)October 14, 1936
Manhattan, New York U.S.
Residence McLean, Virginia U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University (B.S.)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney, Real Estate Developer, Business Consultant, Rector at George Mason University
Board member of Board of Visitors, George Mason University

C. Daniel Clemente (born October 14, 1936) is prominent American attorney, business executive, and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of Clemente Development Company, Inc., a real estate property management and development company based in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Clemente is a noted expert on real estate bankruptcy and corporate liquidation[1] and has served as a court appointed Receiver and Trustee for numerous companies.[2] He currently serves as chair of the Board of Visitors for George Mason University, a position to which he was elected in July 2012.

Early Life[edit]

Clemente was born Costantino Daniel Clemente in Manhattan to Louis James and Amelia T. Clemente. His father was a surgeon who served in World War II as a Major in the U.S. Army. Clemente grew up in Brooklyn, attended the prestigious Brooklyn Preparatory School and matriculated to Fordham University, where he received his B.S. in economics in 1958.[2] Following a year of postgraduate work at Marquette University, Clemente attended Georgetown University Law Center and was a member of the law review. He graduated with a J.D. in 1963 and was admitted to the bar in the same year.[3]

Business Career[edit]

Clemente began working as an attorney dealing with defaulted real estate transactions and bankruptcies for local banks in Springfield, Virginia.[3] He opened his first law firm and development company in 1965 with his business partner Charles Edward Taylor. The company developed and built Tower Villas, the first residential condominium complex in Virginia.[4]. All of the condominiums in the complex were sold before construction was completed.[3][4] Following a series of additional residential and commercial projects, Clemente exited real estate development at the onset of the mid 1970’s recession and began to work with banking institutions on distressed assets.[4] He also helped found two community banks in Northern Virginia, Community Bank and Trust in Springfield and First Commercial Bank in Arlington.[5]

By the 1980’s, his expertise in dealing with bad loan portfolios and real estate made him one of the foremost experts on the topic in the United States and a qualified expert witness for numerous court cases. During the savings and loan crisis, Clemente was nominated by Virginia Senator John Warner to serve as chairman of the Resolution Trust Corporation.[1] While the position went to Al Casey, Clemente worked closely with the RTC throughout its existence, as a preferred contractor through Clemente Development Company, Inc., CDC Debt Recovery Group, Inc., and CDC Consulting Group, Inc. Serving as an advisor to the RTC and the FDIC, Clemente managed the restructuring and sale of real estate portfolios obtained during the crisis.

Despite his work with the RTC, Clemente was one of its most prominent critics,[6][7] calling into question the distortionary impact of the RTC in the real estate market.[4] Clemente testified before the Senate Banking Committee of the United State Congress and provided several editorials to the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post that called into question the fundamental process undertaken by the RTC to quickly sell the property it obtained.[5] Clemente felt that the immediate liquidation of the troubled assets by the RTC benefitted a small group of investors at taxpayers' expense and caused distortions in the real estate market. After parting ways with the RTC following its closure, Clemente served as a consultant to banking institutions, the Federal Government, and real estate developers. He also refocused his company on commercial property development, purchasing several office buildings in the greater Washington, DC area.

Clemente served as an asset consultant to members of the Kohler family during a stock buyback undertaken by the Kohler Company in 1998.[4] He again served as consultant for members of the Cargill family during a similar dispute with Cargill management and its shareholders. He also served as the attorney for Muhammad Ali and worked as a court appointed trustee cleaning up securities fraud cases before retiring from law in 2002.[4]


Clemente has also been extensively involved in politics, both on a national level and in Virginia. He chaired Alexander Haig’s 1988 bid for the Republican Party’s nomination for President.[3] After Haig dropped out of the race, Clemente was recruited by Roger Ailes to serve on the senior campaign staff of George H.W. Bush. He also supported the efforts of former Virginia Attorney General Marshall Coleman to run as an independent alternative to the Republican nominee Oliver North during the 1994 U.S. Senate race in Virginia. The presence of Coleman on the ballot hampered North's support and led to the re-election of the Democratic nominee Chuck Robb.

Clemente currently serves as Rector for George Mason University, a position he was elected to by the Board of Visitors in July 2012.[8] He was originally appointed to the Board by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in July 2010.[9] Clemente was also appointed to the Attorney General's Government and Regulatory Reform Task Force by McDonnell when the latter served as Virginia's Attorney General.

Clemente has also served other Virginia Governors in a similar capacity. Former Governor Mark Warner appointed him to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates and Clemente was appointed by former Governor Douglas Wilder to chair the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission’s Committee of Capital Formation.[1]


Clemente serves on the board of Friends of Clemyjontri, an organization that supports Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. This park and playground is designed so that it is completely accessible for all individuals, including children and adults with special needs.[10] The park features several modifications and additions to ensure all visitors can enjoy the park and playground experience. Of particular note, is the Liberty Swing, a specially modified wheelchair-accessible swing, the first of its kind in Virginia.[10] In recognition of his work with Clemyjontri Park, Clemente was given the honorary title of Lord Fairfax by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Clemente has also been a benefactor for several universities and numerous artistic endeavors.


  1. ^ a b c "C. Daniel Clemente Profile". 
  2. ^ a b "CDC Executive Team". 
  3. ^ a b c d Rath, Molly (September 1994). "Dan The Torpedo". Regardie's Magazine. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Girard, Keith (January–February 2000). "Jurassic Office Park". Regardie's Power Magazine. 
  5. ^ a b O’hara, Terrence (December 9, 1991). "Outspoken Clemente Locks Horns with RTC". Washington Business Journal. 
  6. ^ "The Appalling Cost of the RTC's Haste" (PDF). The Wall Street Journal. November, 5 1991.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "RTC Should Listen to Good Advice" (PDF). The Wall Street Journal. December, 13 1991.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "Daniel Clemente named as George Mason University's rector". WJLA. July 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Governor McDonnell Announces Board Appointments and Additional Appointments to Administration". WJLA. July 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Clemyjontri Park". 

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