Michael R. Clinton

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Michael Clinton joined Perdue & Kidd in 2018 after spending the first four years of his practice representing plaintiffs in nationwide pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. In 2018, Texas Super Lawyers named Michael one of only thirteen young lawyers to their “Rising Stars” list in the field of Class Action and Mass Torts. He was named to Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list again in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Michael is driven professionally by a keen sense of justice and his passion for helping people. At Perdue & Kidd, Michael continues to represent plaintiffs in mass tort litigation involving defective medical products in addition to pursuing claims for personal injuries arising from major vehicle collisions, 18-wheeler crashes, workplace injuries, and unsafe business premises.

Michael’s passion for helping others extends beyond his law practice. For the last five years, he has volunteered weekly as a tutor for elementary-age students at The Forge for Families, an after-school program in Houston’s Third Ward. As a member of the Board of Trustees for Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Michael currently serves as the Chair and Co-Chair of multiple committees, most of which involve volunteering with children in underprivileged areas: Read To Succeed at Burnet Elementary School; Big For A Day, a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston; and HYLF’s Adopt An Angel Program. Michael has also served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston’s Young Professionals Group since 2019, and he currently serves as the Chair of the Board for 2021.

Background

Michael grew up near Dallas, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Consulting from Southern Methodist University in 2010. He then attended Baylor Law School on a Dean’s Scholarship. While studying at Baylor, he competed in the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition, the ABA Labor Law Mock Trial Competition, and the UMKC Voir Dire (Jury Selection) Competition. Upon graduating with his Juris Doctorate in 2013, Baylor Law School hired Michael on staff where he worked as the Practice Court Associate in Baylor’s coveted third-year trial program, Practice Court. While working at Baylor, he assisted in coaching two of the mock trial teams on which he had previously competed.

In his free time, Michael enjoys playing golf and basketball; running with his wife, Kirby; throwing the frisbee with his dog, Atty (short for Attorney); and watching any sport that’s in season. And while he does not play as often as he used to, Michael has played the drums for most of his life in various bands and musical groups.

Education
  • Southern Methodist University, BBA in Financial Consulting
  • Baylor Law School, Juris Doctorate
Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Michael has also appeared pro hac vice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of Utah, District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of California, Southern District of West Virginia, and Southern District of Florida, as well as state courts of New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Awards
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars: Class Action and Mass Torts: 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury 2019, 2020, 2021
Professional Association Memberships and Leadership Positions
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association – Board of Directors, 2016-2017
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation – Board of Trustees, 2017-Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association

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