Michael D. Sutton is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Dallas office.
Areas of Practice
Michael takes on the most cutting edge and disruptive areas of practice, blending healthcare, technology, and legal compliance into his daily workload. In particular, Michael focuses on HIPAA and privacy related regulations and their interplay with technological developments both inside and outside of the healthcare and consumer spaces. Similarly, Michael is well versed in negotiations centered on data usage and derivative ownership rights.
Michael supports clients as they navigate a complex web of emerging regulations in the digital healthcare space, tackling artificial intelligence, webtracking, information blocking, offshoring, de-identification, and other next-gen workstreams. He has managed government investigations, worked to resolve active breach incidents, and advised clients regarding a range of privacy and technology oriented matters. Michael also supports clients in developing compliant and innovative approaches to navigating HIPAA and other privacy laws to ensure client objectives are achieved in alignment with all legal and regulatory requirements.
Beyond the operational space, Michael supports a range of transactions, including acquisitions of or investments in tech companies, healthcare providers, and related systems. Michael also guides negotiations related to software and service relationships, particularly within the healthcare space. He also works to identify areas of vulnerability in targets and to establish creative solutions to address them.
Michael earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he graduated first in his class. He served as articles editor for the Arkansas Law Review, was a Charles Thomas Pearson Fellow, and was a member of the Board of Advocates, Military Law Society and Business Law Society. He received a B.A. in History from Ouachita Baptist University.
Before attending law school, Michael served as a military police officer in the U.S. Air Force, performing installation security activities, law enforcement, and weapons training. He also supported Operation Key Resolve in South Korea.
Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2023
Healthcare Law Blog
- "CMS Promotes Competition, Transparency, Health Equity and More in the CY2025 Medicare Advantage and Part D Proposed Rule," November 13, 2023
- "At a Glance: Legal Efforts to Limit Discrimination Through AI," October 20, 2023
- "California Moves to Protect Medical Information Collected Through Reproductive and Sexual Health Applications," October 3, 2023
- "Texas Joins States Limiting Use and Disclosure of Genetic Data," July 31, 2023
- "FTC Proposes Changes to Health Breach Notification Rule Clarifying Application to Health and Wellness Apps," June 29, 2023
- "State Attorneys General Pen Letter to OCR Advocating for Greater Privacy Protection of Reproductive Health Care Information," June 27, 2023
- "Florida Bans Offshoring of Certain Patient Information," May 25, 2023
- "Texas is Making Moves on a Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Law," May 25, 2023
- "CMS’s Administrative Simplification Rule Aims to Increase Efficiency and Standardization for Health Care Attachments," March 7, 2023
- "Telehealth in a Post-PHE World," March 3, 2023
- "ICYMI: HIPAA and Social Media IRL," February 8, 2023
- "Key Healthcare Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023," January 6, 2023
- "Proposal to Overhaul Privacy Law Governing Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records," December 2, 2022
Privacy & Cybersecurity: Eye on Privacy Blog
- "Don’t Forget Deception: FTC and Biometrics," June 13, 2023
- Healthcare IT News, 05.31.2023
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