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David C. Clarke

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Perkins Coie LLP

David Clarke, a Partner in Perkins Coie’s national Business Practice, focuses on the representation of emerging growth companies, middle market businesses, public companies, venture funds and private equity funds. David's practice emphasizes mergers and acquisitions, private equity and growth equity transactions, venture capital financings, public offerings and corporate governance. David works with privately held clients at all stages of development, serving as outside general counsel and as a key advisor on M&A and corporate finance transactions. In addition, David represents leading venture and private equity funds in portfolio company investments. David is a regular speaker on M&A, venture capital and private equity topics.


  • Listed as a top lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate and Venture Capital by Washington CEO/Avvo
  • Listed in Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers”
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, "Seattle's Best Lawyers"
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Washington Super Lawyers" 2007-Present

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-8612
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Business Planning, Emerging Business, Joint Ventures, Private, Private Equity, Private Placements, Securities, Strategic Alliances, Transactions)
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Venture Capital Law (Biotechnology, Clean Tech, Private Equity)

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  • Williams College (BA) (1987)
  • George Washington University Law School (J.D.) (1991)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Seattle Chapter, — Board Member
  • Technology Alliance, — Board of Trustees
  • American Bar Association — Member
  • Washington State Bar Association — Member

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Languages Spoken
  • English