Troy D. Clarke is an associate attorney and has practiced law for over 15 years. He is a member of the firm’s Medical Malpractice and Professional Licensing Groups. Mr. Clarke specializes in defending physicians against medical malpractice claims. He also focuses upon the obtainment of professional licenses by medical professionals and defends against violations filed against medical professionals. He has many years of experience in handling matters in court in that he has drafted and answered discovery requests, drafted motions, attended court hearings, has taken various depositions of both lay witnesses and expert witnesses, and he has handled all steps of the litigation process including lead counsel for trials.
Troy’s path as an attorney started in Northern Michigan in 2005. In 2012, he joined Willingham & Coté, P.C. supporting the medical malpractice defense practice group.
Troy understands that his clients are best served when they are empowered to make informed decisions about the direction of their case. Troy is thus diligent, responsive, and strives to keep his clients well-informed and educated at all stages about the progress and status of their case. He treats his clients with respect, and provides them with focused attention.
He strives to maintain an up-to-date understanding of the law by consistently reviewing and digesting the most recent decisions and attending conferences and seminars to improve his knowledge.
Medical Malpractice Defense
Troy defends healthcare providers in Medical Malpractice matters.
Working closely with Mr. Stephenson, Mr. Van Horn, administrative assistant Dave Long, paralegal Cristal Casler, legal assistant Ann Nichols, and law clerk Charlie Kersten, he works up each case from inception through the pre-suit, discovery, and trial phases. Throughout litigation, each case receives careful attention to promote the development of a successful strategy. This careful and considered approach encompasses all facets of case management.
Accordingly, Troy closely reviews case-specific records in order to understand them clearly, so that his understanding can be incorporated into an effective and persuasive defense strategy. This solid understanding informs the selection of appropriate defense expert witnesses and allows for effective depositions of experts and other important witnesses.
As part of fully and comprehensively preparing the case for trial, Troy strives to ensure that the appropriate evidentiary and dispositive motions are filed and effectively argued. In trial, Troy is equally comfortable taking an active role (for example, by examining witnesses or arguing motions) or providing support to lead counsel so that they can more efficiently and effectively present the client’s case.
Troy represents healthcare providers such as general practitioners, specialists, and surgeons, and is involved in professional licensing matters.
Healthcare providers are essential to our society. Troy’s approach prioritizes the protection of each client’s professional reputation and assists the client in meeting their future practice goals. Knowing that the administrative process can be frustrating and complex, he takes the time necessary to explain the various options available to the client at each stage of proceedings.
Non-Profit and Community Involvement
Before moving back to mid-Michigan, Troy served on the Board of Alpena County Habitat for Humanity.
Troy is past Treasurer, Webmaster, and Secretary of Lansing’s Mid-Michigan Men’s Soccer League, an amateur, non-profit competition in which he also formerly competed as a midfielder, defender, and (emergency) goalkeeper for two clubs: Team Furious and Bohemians.
Currently, Troy is a supporter’s group member of Lansing’s newest association football (a/k/a soccer) team, Lansing Common Football Club.
His wife Lauren, currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science degree, has supported him every step of the way. Troy enjoys spending time with Lauren playing and listening to music, visiting interesting places, and watching stand-up comedy and movies. He also enjoys reading (mostly non-fiction) books, caring for his animal companions, and tending to his circa-1900 farmhouse, gardens, and fruit trees.
- Habitat for Humanity
- State Bar of Michigan
- United States District Court-Western District
- United States District Court-Eastern District
- United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
- University of Houston (B.S. 1998)
- Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. Cum Laude 2005)