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J. Clark Pendergrass


Mr. Pendergrass practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and business law, health-care law, and federal government contracts. He has extensive experience in complex transactions involving health-care industries and aerospace, defense, and other government contractors.

Mr. Pendergrass regularly advises hospitals, physicians, and other health-care providers about regulatory compliance, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and fraud and abuse issues, such as the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. He represents health-care providers in complex transactions, such as ambulatory surgery centers, formation and reorganization, hospital-physician joint ventures, and other arrangements involving radiation therapy, sleep laboratories, and orthopedic-sports therapy; the acquisition, development, and leasing of medical and physician office buildings; and the acquisition and divestitures of home health agencies.

Mr. Pendergrass regularly advises government contractors about issues involving the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Section 8(a) program, small disadvantaged business (SDB) program, the women-owned business (WOSB) program, the service-disabled, veteran-owned small (SDVOSB) business program, and the veteran-owned small business (VOSB) program. In addition, he has experience in teaming agreements, subcontracting issues, affiliation issues, joint ventures, and organizational conflicts of interest (OCI). He has successfully prosecuted requests for equitable adjustments (REAs) and claims under the Contract Dispute Act.

Mr. Pendergrass represents emerging and start-up companies in venture capital and other private equity transactions. He has experience in negotiating and preparing merger and acquisition agreements and related transaction documents; stock-purchase agreements; asset-purchase agreements; organizational documents for corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs); shareholder agreements; financing agreements; non-competition, non-disclosure, and confidentiality agreements; employment agreements; employee handbooks; and employee severance agreements. Mr. Pendergrass also has experience litigating business and minority-shareholder disputes and commercial and contractual transactions.

Honors and Awards

Mr. Pendergrass is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Distinguished ®.

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  • “Discovery and Claims Alleging Police Misconduct,” For the Defense, June 2003 (with George W. Royer).
  • “Unitary Status: A New Wave of Litigation,” Alabama School Boards, August 1999 (with J. Russell Gibson, III).
  • “The Real Estate Consumer’s Agency and Disclosure Act: The Case Against Dual Agency,” Alabama Law Review, 1996.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association


  • J.D., summa cum laude, 1997, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Managing Editor (1996-1997) and Junior Editor (1995-1996), Alabama Law Review
    Order of the Coif
    Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award
    Hugo L. Black Scholar
  • B.A., summa cum laude, 1991, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
    Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1997

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Courts
    Northern District of Alabama
    Middle District of Alabama
    Southern District of Alabama
  • All Alabama State Courts

Community Involvement

  • Member, Huntsville Hospital Foundation Development Council (2006-2009).
  • Participant, Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program (2011 to present).

Other Experience

Senior Staff Attorney, Justice Harold F. See, Alabama Supreme Court (1999-2001).

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