Michael C. Clark

MICHAEL C. CLARK, born and raised in Macon, Georgia, served for over 21 years as Superior Court Judge in Gwinnett County. He became a member of the bar in 1980, worked briefly as a law clerk for a Superior Court Judge in Floyd County (Rome), as an assistant district attorney in Gwinnett County, and as a private lawyer before being elected to the bench in 1992.  He was reelected five times.  Before being elected to the bench Michael had a reputation as an excellent trial and appellate lawyer.  In March 2014 he stepped down to return to the private practice of law.  As a trial judge he presided over approximately 150 jury trials and handled about 30,000 cases.

In addition to his trial practice, Michael is a registered mediator and arbitrator qualified to handle the most complex of cases.

Michael is a triple dog, with a B.S. (psychology), A.B. (religion), and J.D. from the University of Georgia.  He also briefly attended Virginia Tech (Foreign Policy studies), Georgia Tech (Industrial Management), and Georgia (Economics) as a graduate student.  He has completed all of the requirements for a masters degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno and the National Judicial College.  A confessed professional student, Michael’s interests run from all the humanities, especially philosophy, religion, history, and literature to jurisprudence and constitutional law.

Michael is married to Lisa Clark, a senior business analyst for Allscripts. His daughter, Katie Clark, is a local photographer.  His hobbies include reading, scuba diving, golf, college football, baseball (avid fantasy player), traveling and until recent hip surgery, half marathons.  He completed a century on a bicycle (100 miles) in September 2007 in Honolulu raising about $10,000 for leukemia research.  He still dreams of writing that best seller and being able to finance his love of traveling with the proceeds.  He and Lisa are frequent cruisers and love the Mediterranean and Italy.

Honors and Awards

Indigent Defense Award – Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1986

Leadership Medal – Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, 2014