Michael E. Clark

Michael E. Clark
Contact: 713.402.3905
Law Schools: University of Houston - Main Campus
University of Houston - Main Campus
South Texas College of Law
Jurisdictions: Texas
5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


About Michael E. Clark
Summary I'm an experienced litigator, part-time academic, and author who has handled many difficult and sensitive representations in over 30 years of practicing law. My practice focuses mainly on federal court matters. I've long enjoyed a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review rating, and am also listed by SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers. I am quite comfortable with appearing before juries and judges because of the experience from years of trying cases (100+ cases as lead counsel), handling many appeals, and teaching trial skills to lawyers and students as an Adjunct Professor of Law and a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. I am very active in the legal community, and my peers have selected me to serve in various leadership positions for professional organizations. I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center (where I've taught Civil & Criminal Trial Advocacy, Food & Drug Law, and Antitrust & Health Law). In addition to my J.D., I hold LL.M. degrees (Tax and Health Law). Since the late 1980s, I have been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. I have spoken nationally (and internationally), and have written about issues in antitrust, compliance and governance, cybersecurity, health law, pharmaceutical law, securities law (including the FCPA), and white collar defense. I developed and serve as Editor-in-Chief of an annually supplemented pharmaceutical law treatise (BNA 2007). I have written several book chapters, and dozens of published articles.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Health Care Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Antitrust
Additional Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • Appropriate retainers are required for all new clients.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Criminal Law (Texas Board Of Legal Specialization)
Criminal Trial Advocate (National Board of Trial Advocacy)
Professional Experience
Special Counsel,
I am part of Duane Morris' Trial Practice and Healthcare Practice Groups where, in addition to business litigation, I handle matters involving health care law and white collar defense in such areas as securities and financial fraud, corporate compliance and governance, and corporate internal investigations.
Partner, Hamel Bowers & Clark LLP
Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
I worked in the firm's white collar and health law practice groups, where I handled a variety of civil and white collar defense matters
Chief, Criminal Division & Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Offfice, Southern District of Texas
During my last four years as a federal prosecutor, I was the Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Texas, and managed around 50 federal prosecutors, maintained an active caseload, and regularly met with senior federal enforcement agency contacts to coordinate case development and priorities. Before being selected for this position, I served as a chief of the Financial Fraud Division during the Savings & Loan Crisis period. Before that, I served as a prosecutor handling a wide variety of federal cases and tried many cases.
Assistant District Attorney, Galveston County District Attorney's Office
In this position, I moved through the ranks from being a misdemeanor prosecutor, to being the Chief of the Family Law Section, and then being a felony prosecutor -- during which time I tried dozens of cases and handled an extensive number of appeals. I also was cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney near the end of my tenure in this position, which led me to seek employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
University of Houston - Main CampusLL.M(Health Law)
University of Houston - Main CampusLL.MTaxation
South Texas College of LawJ.DLaw
University of Texas - ArlingtonB.AEnglish
Professional Activities
Chair-Elect ABA Section of Health Law 2013-Current
Vice Chair ABA Section of Health Law 2012-Current
Advisory Board University of Houston Law Center, Criminal Justice Institute 2005-Current
Secretary and Co-chair of Executive Publishing Committee ABA Section of Health Law 2011-2012
Member, Governing Council ABA Section of Health Law 2008-2010
Member ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight 2008-2010
Details: I was selected to this ABA-wide position by the President of the ABA
Cochair, South Texas Region, White Collar Crimes Committee ABA Section of Criminal Justice 2006-2008
Chair, White Collar Crimes Committee ABA Section of Business Law 2005-2008
Texas SuperLawyers 2013, Superlawyers
Best Lawyers (Health Law), Best Lawyers
2012 Top Rated Lawyers Annual Guide to Health Care Law, Corporate Counsel Magazine
Texas SuperLawyers 2012, Superlawyers
Texas Super Lawyers 2011, Superlawyers
Houston's Top Lawyers for 2010, H Texas Magazine
Texas Super Lawyers 2010, Superlawyers
Houston Top Lawyers for 2009, H Texas Magazine
Texas Super Lawyers 2009, Superlawyers
Texas Super Lawyers 2008, Superlawyers
Houston's Top Lawyers for 2008, H Texas Magazine
Texas Super Lawyers 2007, Superlawyers
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Attorney General's Director's Award, U.S. Department of Justice


Articles & Publications


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