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Al Clarke is an experienced trial attorney who focuses his practice on catastrophic injury cases, with a particular emphasis on medical malpractice, pharmaceutical drug and medical device litigation.  He is a strategic litigator whose belief in early and aggressive case development has allowed him to obtain outstanding results for his clients.

Prior to joining Patrick Malone & Associates, Mr. Clarke practiced at one of the nation’s largest insurance defense firms, where he specialized in medical malpractice litigation.  During these years, Mr. Clarke defended health care professionals, including doctors and hospitals, in complex medical malpractice cases.  He has significant experience in all aspects of litigation, from preliminary case investigation through trial and appeal.  Now he brings this experience to work on behalf of clients who have been seriously injured. 

Mr. Clarke also has experience working inside the pharmaceutical industry, which gives him unique insight into representing clients injured by dangerous drugs and other medical products.   After graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in business administration, he spent several years working for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers.   He then attended George Mason University School of Law on a scholarship and graduated with honors.  While in law school, Mr. Clarke served as the Vice President of the Moot Court Board and competed in a number of moot court competitions.   Mr. Clarke won First Place in the annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition held at Vanderbilt Law School.  He also won First Place in the annual George Mason School of Law Trial Advocacy Competition.  Following law school, Mr. Clarke spent one year as a judicial clerk to the Judges of the Circuit Court for Arlington County, Virginia. 

Mr. Clarke is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.


Languages spoken: Italian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 40%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
  3. Car Accident: 15%
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
  5. Defective Products: 10%

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    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Clarke is a passionate lawyer and a strong, aggressive advocate for his clients.


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Contact info

Patrick Malone & Associates

1310 L Street, N.W.
Suite 800
Washington, DC, 20005


DCActive 201307/10/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law200703/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
First Place - National First Amendment Moot Court CompetitionVanderbilt University School of Law2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPatrick Malone & Associates, P.C.2013 - Present
AttorneyWilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP2008 - 2013
Judicial Law ClerkCircuit Court for Arlington County, Virginia2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationCLE Committee2013 - Present
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.Member2013 - Present
Virginia Association of Defense AttorneysBoard of Directors2010 - 2013
Virginia Association of Defense AttorneysChairman of Young Lawyers Division2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Negligently Performed Laparoscopic Surgery Results in Perforated Artery and Massive Blood Loss$1,650,000 Settlement
Army Nurse Sues Her Own Hospital for Letting Her Baby Die in Botched Labor and Delivery$1,175,000 Settlement
Patient Develops a Large Hospital-Acquired Pressure Wound That Hospital Staff and Physicians Failed to Prevent and Treat$575,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Maryland Tort Damages (edited by George Shadoan)Book Chapter on Admissibility of Expert Testimony2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of RichmondBusiness AdministrationBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration2000