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Henry W. Clark

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Phone: (617) 494-1920
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150 Cambridge Park Dr 9th Floor
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

Henry W. Clark joined the law firm of Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry in March of 1996. A partner in the firm, Mr. Clark focuses his practice on the representation of not-for-profit education and human service corporations and families of individuals with disabilities.

Mr. Clark handles matters such as discrimination and employment issues, rate setting appeals, institutional child abuse investigations, regulatory compliance hearings, and licensing and approval negotiations with state agencies. Mr. Clark also represents clients in matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, and at Probate hearings concerning individuals with disabilities and, for petitions to administer psychotropic medication.

In addition, Mr. Clark works with clients seeking access to services for disabled adults, and in legal challenges to statutory provisions limiting resources for service provision to disabled individuals. He also represents families regarding attaining adult services, and estate planning including Special Needs Trusts.

Mr. Clark has advised numerous organizations providing special education and human services in Massachusetts and the Northeast. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Clark served for thirteen years as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766 Approved Private Schools. This organization is comprised of over one hundred licensed private facilities providing services to mentally and physically challenged children in Massachusetts.

Mr. Clark serves as a member of the board of directors for numerous human service and educational organizations in Massachusetts. A 1967, phi beta kappa, graduate of Illinois College and a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Clark graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1971. In 1984, Mr. Clark received his Ph.D. in Ethics from Boston College, and in 1989, graduated cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. Mr. Clark was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and to the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts.


J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1989
(Cum Laude)

Ph.D., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1984
Honors: Ethics, Religion and Society

B.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1971
Honors: Divinity School

B.A., Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, 1967
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Honors: Fulbright Scholar

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Member Since: 1989

U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts

Litigation Percentage
  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Published Works
  • "Process, Thought and Justice". Ph.D. dissertation, Boston College, 1984.
  • "Process, Thought and Justice". Chapter in Process Philosophy and Social Thought. John B. Cobb, Jr. and W. Widick Schroeder, Editors, 1981
  • Parenting a Special Needs Child: Private and Public Concerns Pointer, Volume 25, No. 1, Fall, 1980
  • Sterilization of the Mentally Retarded: Personal Suffering and Public Policy Massachusetts Comm. on Christian Unity, June, 1977
Honors and Awards
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Property, 1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Probate Practice, 1989
  • Fulbright Scholar, Agra, India, 1967-1968
  • University Fellow, Boston College, 1971-1973
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Massachusetts Association, Chapter 766 Approved Private Schools, Executive Director
  • Numerous Human Service and Educational Organizations in Massachusetts, Board of Directors
  • Massachusetts Association of Retarded Citizens, Board of Directors, 1983 - 1984
  • Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Board of Directors, 1982 - 1984
  • Massachusetts Special Olympics, Board of Directors, 1989 - 1992
  • A Better Chance, Masconomet, Inc., Board of Directors, 1977 - 1982
  • Associated Group Homes, Inc., Board of Directors, 1981 - 1988
  • Phi Beta Kappa