The law firm of Duane Morris announced that Michael Clark has joined the firm in its Houston office as a special counsel in its Trial Practice Group. He joins the firm from Hamel, Bowers & Clark, where he was a partner.

Clark focuses his practice in the areas of securities and financial fraud, as well as white-collar law and healthcare law in both criminal and civil matters. As lead counsel in more than 100 jury trials, he has counseled clients, including healthcare providers, insurers, and financial institutions, helping to conduct internal investigations and advising on compliance and corporate governance matters.

Clark was formerly criminal division chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Texas. He started as a prosecutor in the general crimes and fraud sections and first rose to financial fraud section chief, where he supervised bank prosecutors while carrying a full trial docket during the savings-and-loan crisis period. He received the U.S. Attorney General Director's Award for handling a complex commodity and arbitrage-trading fraud prosecution. Previously, he was the family-law section chief for the district attorney's office in Galveston, Texas.

Clark serves on the planning committees for the American Bar Association's upcoming National Institute on Securities Fraud, and the National Institute on Internal Investigations and In-House Counsel. He is the immediate past chair of the White Collar Crimes Committee in the ABA section of Business Law. Clark frequently writes and presents on antitrust, corporate compliance and governance, ethics, internal investigations, pharmaceutical law, securities law, and white-collar defense issues. As an adjunct law professor at the Health Law & Policy Institute of the University of Houston Law Center, Clark has taught food and drug law, civil and criminal trial advocacy, healthcare and antitrust, and regulation of biomedical research. He is also a faculty instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.