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Michael Smith

Senior Counsel


720 Brazos Street
Suite 700
Austin, TX 78701
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Fax: 512.536.5722
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B.S., Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2002, Health Science Studies
M.P.H., UT-Houston School of Public Health, 2005
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 2008, Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, Publications Editor and Articles Editor
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Michael Smith

Senior Counsel

Michael Smith focuses his practice on corporate, legislative, regulatory and policy matters related to the healthcare industry. His experience includes:

  • advising clients on the organization and operation of physician practices and other healthcare ventures;
  • drafting and negotiating of corporate contracts, including general employment, physician recruitment, independent contractor, management, and lease agreements; and
  • assisting with business transactions, including mergers, asset sales, and transfers of ownership interests.

Michael has particular knowledge regarding federal and state healthcare laws and regulations, including privacy and security (HIPAA, HITECH Act, Texas Medical Records Privacy Act), fraud and abuse (Anti-kickback Statute, Stark law, and False Claims Act), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining Clark Hill Strasburger, Michael served as Assistant General Counsel with the Texas Medical Association where he worked on legislative and regulatory matters related to Medicare, Medicaid, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, HHSC Office of Inspector General, provider audits and investigations, Texas Medical Board licensure and enforcement, and public health issues.


  • Viewpoint: Road To Replace Affordable Care Act Is A Long One, Austin Business Journal (March 2017)
Named among Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Thompson and Reuters (2017-2018)
Phil Kelton Business Associate of the Year (2012)
Mike Joplin Associate Ambassador Award for Client Service (2011)
State Bar of Texas, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Austin Bar Association, Health Law Section
Austin Young Lawyers Association, Member
AYLA Leadership Academy, Member
American Health Lawyers Association, Member
Health Care Compliance Association, Member
Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, Member
Manos de Cristo, Board Member
Meals on Wheels, Volunteer
Hill Country Bible Church Southwest, Member
Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2018, Member
Practice Areas
Corporate LawHealthcare Law