Michael Clarkson

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

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Washington Street 201
Boston 02108 MA US

Mr. Michael Clarkson is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and regularly appears in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies across the country. In his work with Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Clarkson litigates cases and counsels large and small private for-profit and not-for-profit employers concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, non-compete, wage and hour, employment contract, personnel policy and drug testing issues.

A large portion of Mr. Clarkson’s practice is dedicated to workplace investigations. Mr. Clarkson is Chair of the Ogletree Deakins’ Drug Testing Practice Group and has particular expertise in drafting drug testing policies and in the complex scientific issues surrounding drug testing. Mr. Clarkson is a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Mr. Clarkson is Vice Chair of the Employment Law and Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Clarkson was a partner and member of the Management Committee at a Boston-based management-side labor and employment firm. Before moving to Massachusetts, Mr. Clarkson worked in California as a litigation associate at an insurance defense firm and as a staff attorney for the Environmental Law Foundation.

Mr. Clarkson received his undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is currently a member of the ILR School’s Alumni Board of Directors.

Mr. Clarkson received his law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he represented the University at the National Moot Court Competition and taught “Street Law” at Galileo High School in San Francisco.


  • J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1992
  • B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1989

Admitted to Practice:

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Second and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


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