Professional Biography
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David C. Clarke Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




David Clarke is a partner in Perkins Coie's Seattle office and a member of the firm's Corporate practice group. David advises companies and investors in a wide range of strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and growth equity transactions, recapitalizations, management buyouts, divestitures, spinoffs, restructurings and joint ventures. He also represents companies and investors in corporate finance transactions, including seed and venture financings, expansion/growth rounds, IPO's, and follow-on public equity and debt offerings. In addition to company-side work, David represents leading private equity funds, venture capital funds and family offices in both minority and control investments. David's experience spans a range of industries, including technology, consumer/retail, distribution, transportation, business services, healthcare and manufacturing. David has led hundreds of transactions over his 25 years of experience, and he serves as a key advisor to companies, both large and small, as they evaluate and execute their strategic growth plans. David has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in Washington state in the areas of M&A, private equity, and venture capital financing, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics. David is also active in numerous civic, educational and nonprofit organizations.

Professional Recognition

  • AVVO “Superb” 10/10 Rating in Corporate, Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2008 - Present
  • Ranked BTI Client Service All-Stars: Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, 2015
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ Seattle "Securities / Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year," 2014; "Venture Capital Law Lawyer of the Year," 2013, 2015; "Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Listed in Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Business Lawyers”
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Corporate Law;  Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law 
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Washington Super Lawyers" 2007-Present
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, "Seattle's Best Lawyers"
  • Listed as a top lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate and Venture Capital by Washington CEO/Avvo

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Seattle Repertory Theater, Board of Trustees, 2004 - 2007