Clark C. Walton

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Clark Walton joined Alexander Ricks PLLC as Counsel in October 2012.  Clark has a breadth of litigation and transactional experience, including complex white collar litigation, criminal prosecutions, healthcare fraud and compliance, information security and privacy, and complex financial transactions.  Clark comes to the firm from the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, where he served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, leading complex multi-state investigations into provider fraud against government healthcare programs.  Clark is also an Adjunct Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, and the current Chair-Elect of the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

While with the Attorney General’s Office, Clark worked intimately with the federal False Claims Act, the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Act, and the False Claims Acts of over a dozen different states, including complex “qui tam” whistleblower matters in which he frequently interviewed relators.  Clark has extensive experience evaluating Medicare and Medicaid regulations and policy and in forming complex statistically extrapolated damage models in the healthcare setting.  Clark coordinated regularly with state and federal government entities with healthcare oversight authority as well as Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC’s) and Zone Program Integrity Coordinators (ZPIC’s).  In less than two years, Clark played an active role in returning nearly $11 million in fraudulent payouts back to federal and state healthcare programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

As an adjunct professor, Clark recently created a new course on Cyber Crime, the first of its kind in area law schools in which he teaches elements of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, North Carolina criminal law, digital search and seizure issues, intellectual property law related to electronic media, national security law, the Stored Communications Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Background and Education.

Clark previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Mecklenburg County, NC from 2009 to 2011, taking over 150 matters to trial.  Clark was an associate with the Charlotte office of Mayer Brown LLP from 2006 to 2009, representing a variety of national and international banking and finance clients in secured and investment grade transactions, syndications, participations in collateralized debt obligations, private fund investments and structured financing.  Clark served as a member of Mayer Brown’s Pro Bono Committee, and was awarded the firm’s U.S. Transactional Matter of the Year Award in 2008 for his role in organizing the Wills for Heroes program in North Carolina, which provides wills and estate planning documents free of charge to first responders.  Clark also represented pro bono several threatened Iraqi nationals who assisted the U.S. Government in Operation Iraqi Freedom in resettling to the United States.

Clark graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005, where he earned Dean’s List honors. At Georgetown, Clark was twice elected to the ABA House of Delegates, and served as a White House intern to the Vice President’s Homeland Security Assistant in the Fall of 2003.  From 2000 to 2005, before and during law school, Clark served as a cyber security analyst for the federal government.  Clark graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in December 1999 with a B.S. in Mathematical Science and in the Fall 1998 was a walk-on member of the UNC Wrestling team, earning ACC Scholar academic honors.  Clark completed the FBI’s Honors Internship Program in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1999, one of only two North Carolina residents selected for the Program.  Clark is admitted to practice law in North Carolina and in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Courses Taught and Publications

  • Cyber Crime, Charlotte School of Law (Spring 2012 to present)
  • Evidence, Charlotte School of Law (Fall 2012 to present)
  • Civil Litigation, Central Piedmont Community College Paralegal Program (2010-2011)
  • Co-Author, “The Impact of Technology on National Security Law”, a chapter in the anthology National Security Law:  Fifty Years of Transformation from the Past to the Future, ABA Publishing, publication expected November 2012.

Professional Organizations

  • Chair, NC Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (2013-2014)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Advisory Committee on Law and National Security (2011-present) ABA Young Lawyer Liaison, Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness (2011-2013), and Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law (2007-2011) Mecklenburg County Bar, Board of Directors (2011-2014)
  • ABA Young Lawyer District 9 (NC) Representative (2009-10)
  • Law Student Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (2003-2005)

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2014
  • American Bar Association National Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, 2012-13
  • North Carolina Bar Association Pro Bono Younger Lawyer of the Year, 2009-10
  • Young Lawyer of the Year, Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Section, 2009
  • Commendation, Winston-Salem, NC Police and Fire Departments, February 2009
  • Mayer Brown LLP U.S. Pro Bono Transactional Matter of the Year, 2008
  • Eagle Scout

Personal

Clark is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina and moved to Charlotte in 2005.  He is married and enjoys spending time outdoors with his daughter and his family’s rescue dogs, Patton and Belle.