Michael D. Sutton is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Dallas office. He is a member of the Digital Health Team that produces the Health-e Law podcast.

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.



  • Represented Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a private investment firm, in connection with its strategic partnership with Elevance Health, Inc. (NYSE: ELV)



Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2023-2024



Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Privacy & Cybersecurity: Eye on Privacy Blog Posts

Media Mentions



American Bar Association

Arkansas Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association - Health Law Section

Texas Bar Association - Health Law Section

American Health Law Association

Health Care Compliance Association

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Digital Media


J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, 2015, summa cum laude 

B.A., Ouachita Baptist University, 2012, magna cum laude


  • Arkansas
  • Texas
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