Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Houston, TX

Michael E. Clark
Duane Morris LLP
1330 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77056-3166
T:Work 713-402-3905
F: Fax713-583-9182
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1982
Education: South Texas College Of Law
Practice Areas: Health Care (40%), Business Litigation (30%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Industry Groups: Life Sciences; Pharmaceutical; Securities


  • Immediate Past Chair, ABA Health Law Section

  • Co-chair; member of Planning Committee, ABA National Institute on Internal Investigations and Forum for In-House Counsel, ABA National False Claim Act Trial Institute, and ABA Medical Device Institute

  • Editor-in-Chief, BNA pharmaceutical law treatise

  • Author, Several book chapters; dozens of published articles.

  • Assigned to Trial Practice and Health Care Practice Groups at Duane Morris

    • Client representation in complex civil and white collar litigation.

    • Lead counsel, 100+ jury trials

    • Lead counsel, dozens of appeals

    • Client representation in internal investigations

    • Client assistance with crisis management

    • Client represenation in fraud and abuse and corporate governance matters

    • Experience in securities and financial fraud, environmental law, and life sciences matters (among others)

  • Former federal and state prosecutor

    • Former Chief of Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Florida College of Pharmacy

  • Faculty instructor, NITA--Trial and deposition skill programs

  • Interviewed by various media sources: AP; Bloomberg Business, CBC, CNBC; CNN; Crain Chicago; Dallas Morning News; 48 Hours; Fox Financial, Health Channel; Health News Florida; Houston Chronicle; Modern Healthcare; National Law Journal; New York Law Journal; New York Times; Reuters/Thomson, Texas Lawyer; Washington Post; Wolters Kluwer; and USA Today.

  • Extensively published; frequently present to professional groups

  • LLMs in Taxation and Health Law

  • AHLA-trained Health Law Arbitrator

Years of Selection

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015

Certifications and Credentials

International Locations

Countries: China, Singapore, United Kingdom, Vietnam

About Michael Clark

Admitted: 1982, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient, Global Award in Healthcare Law (Texas), Corporate LiveWire, 2016
  • Recipient, "Top Lawyers of 2015", Houstonia Magazine, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2015
  • Recipient, Global Award in Healthcare Law (Texas), Corporate LiveWire, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Health Care Law, Corporate Counsel magazine, 2012
  • Houston's Top Lawyers (White Collar Defense), H Texas Magazine, 2010
  • FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager(SM) (Houston Region), FIVE STAR, 2009
  • Houston's Top Lawyers (White Collar Defense), H Texas Magazine, 2009
  • Houston's Top Lawyers (White Collar Defense), H Texas Magazine, 2008
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2005
  • LL.M. (Health Law), University of Houston Law Center, 2000
  • U.S. Attorney General's Director's Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996
  • LL.M. (Taxation), University of Houston Law Center, 1996

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Criminal Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1989
  • Board Certified, Criminal Law Specialist, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-chair, Internal Investigations Subcommittee, Corporate Compliance Committee, ABA Section of Business Law, 2009
  • Financial Subcommittee Chair, Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee; Public Relations Contact, DRI, 2008
  • Co-chair, South Texas Region, White Collar Crimes Committee, ABA Criminal Justice Section, 2007
  • Member, Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight, American Bar Association, 2007
  • Governing Council, ABA Health Law Section, 2007
  • Chair, White Collar Crimes Committee, ABA Section of Business Law, 2005
  • Chair, Executive Publications Committee, ABA Health Law Section, 2005
  • Advisory Board, University of Houston Law Center, Criminal Justice Institute, 2005

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Secretary and Treasurer, Foundation for Cancer Survivors (CancerForward), 2013
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy's (NITA) Deposition Skills Program, Houston, TX, 2012
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Houston Law Center, Intersession Course: Taking and Defending Depositions, 2008

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Fraud and Abuse), 2013
  • Faculty, NITA Advanced Deposition Institute, 2010
  • Adjunct Professor, Food and Drug Law; Antitrust & Health Law, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center; Adjunct Professor, Civil Trial Advocacy; Criminal Trial Advocacy, University of Houston Law Center; Faculty, NITA Southern Regional Program (SMU); Faculty, NITA Deposition Program (University of Houston Law Center)



Educational Background:

  • LL.M. (Health Law) University of Houston Law Center, 2000
  • LL.M. (Taxation) University of Houston Law Center, 1996
  • JD (South Texas College of Law), 1982
  • BA (English) (University of Texas, Arlington), 1979
Last Updated: 2/1/2016
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Blog entries — Michael E. Clark

White Papers

The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine (The Crime of Doing Nothing) - (2011)

This paper submitted for a presentation in October 2011 at the New York State Bar Association's Fourth Corporate Counsel Institute addresses how the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine is being used by various agencies in administrative, civil, and criminal cases, along with some recent and provocative examples of how it has been wielded against executives in the Health Law area

Whistleblower Risks Just Increased: What to Watch Out For - (2010)

This advertorial in Modern Healthcare provides a summary of the new and expanded whistleblower provisions authorized by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act related to SEC and CFTC whistleblowers, the bounties they may receive for providing original information about securities and commodities violations, and the likely impact this will have on companies' ongoing compliance activities as well as additional litigation, civil and criminal.

Industry Group(s): Life Sciences

New Whistleblower Incentives and Protections, and More Enforcement Expected. - (2010)

This firm alert addresses the new and expanded SEC and CFTC whistleblower provisions, and related measures, authorized by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act, along with some open issues and likely consequences from these new measures

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