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J. Clark Pendergrass


Mr. Pendergrass practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and business law in the healthcare industry. 

Mr. Pendergrass has represented healthcare clients in complex transactions, such as ambulatory surgery centers (formation and reorganization), hospital-physician joint ventures, and other arrangements such as radiation therapy, sleep laboratories, and orthopaedic-sports therapy; the acquisition, development, and leasing of medical and physician office buildings; and the acquisition and divestitures of home health agencies.  He is also experienced in preparing and negotiating physician employment agreements, subscription agreements, and shareholders’ buy-sell agreements for physician practice groups.

Mr. Pendergrass also regularly advises hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers concerning regulatory and compliance issues, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute.  

Mr. Pendergrass has represented emerging and start-up companies and been involved in venture capital and other private equity transactions. Mr. Pendergrass 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.

Honors and Awards


  • Selected by his peers ior inclusion in the 2021 and 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Pendergrass is listed in the area of mergers and acquisitions.

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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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