In 2021 Clay retired as a leading trial lawyer in the field of injury claims. He was the lead trial attorney in over 250 jury and arbitration trials. Oregon lawyers regularly associated Clayton to help them with their personal injury claims and he taught lawyer education courses on topics from uninsured motorist claims to winning claims against drunk drivers.
Clay graduated from Arizona State University law school in 1973 and received an International Law Degree from a Belgium university where he graduated Cum Laude. He began his legal career with a large Los Angeles, California law firm before deciding he wanted to represent “people” not “corporations.” He was a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington Trial Lawyers Association and specialized in injury claims since 1981. Clayton was also admitted to practice law in the State of Washington and Federal court.
Clay took great pleasure from representing “David” in the David v. Goliath cases. He successfully prosecuted multiple cases against Allstate, Farmers, State Farm, Geico, Progressive, and other lesser-known insurance companies. He was passionately devoted to advancing and perfecting case strategies, trial techniques and communication approaches on behalf of injured victims.
Beyond his experience as a leading litigator, he was a skilled appellate attorney with many precedent-setting cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Courts. He was regularly asked by the courts and other attorneys to mediate or arbitrate their disputes.
Clayton also has been active in his community, including coaching his grandson's little league baseball teams and contributing generously to charitable groups that protect our civil justice system and promote education for disadvantaged children.
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Washington Trial Lawyers Association
International Law Degree - Belgium University
J.D. - Arizona State University Law School
B.S. - Colorado State University