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Clayton graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2012.  He was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor given to the top 10 percent of students in a graduating class.   During law school, Clayton served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Missouri Law Review.  After his first year of law school, Clayton interned for Judge William Ray Price of the Missouri Supreme Court.  He later clerked for nearly two years and gained valuable experience at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer.

After law school, Clayton practiced at Rogers Ehrhardt before joining Ford, Parshall & Baker in June of 2014.

Clayton represents individuals and businesses throughout Missouri in both state and federal courts.  While the bulk of his practice includes defending nurses and doctors facing malpractice lawsuits, Clayton regularly defends clients in matters arising out of automobile accidents, dangerous conditions on land and construction disputes.

Clayton is a Columbia native.  Along with spending time with his wife Elizabeth and sons Huck and Lehr, Clayton enjoys reading and supporting Mizzou football and basketball and the Liverpool Football Club.

Practice areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Professional Malpractice Defense
Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Missouri School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Missouri, 2009
Bar admissions
  • Missouri, 2012
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2012
  • United States Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2012
Professional associations and memberships
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member of Board of Directors
  • Boone County Bar Association
  • The Crossing Church
Honors & awards
  • Order of the Coif
  • Roy E. Harper Prize for Best Work in Constitutional Law
  • J. Lewis Parks Prize for Best Work in Antitrust Law
  • City of Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia Class of 2014
  • The Missouri Bar Leadership Academy Class of 2017
Publications
  • “A Shooting Suspect’s Release Revives the Right to a Speedy Trial in Missouri”, 76 Missouri Law Review 971 (2011)