Lawyers - Daniel Clayton Law
Company: Daniel Clayton Law
Location: Nashville, tn.
Last Updated: May 24, 2012 8:10am
■Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability
■Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Rating
■Best Lawyers: “Lawyer of the Year” 2012 (Nashville, Medical Malpractice)
■Nashville Post – Top 101 Lawyers
■Mid-South Super Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers
Daniel Clayton is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist, Certified as a Medical Malpractice Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization (www.cletn.com), and Certified in the field of PreTrial Procedure. Only a few attorneys in the state of Tennessee hold all three certifications. Daniel has been named to Best Lawyers in America (www.bestlawyers.com) as well as being selected for inclusion as a Mid-South Super Lawyer (www.superlawyers.com) – a list compiled by Law and Politics magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Not only was Daniel included in this list, but Mid-South Super Lawyers also listed him in the Top 100 lawyers in Tennessee. He is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association (www.theatla.com) which is a national organization composed of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Because of his success and insight, he is a much sought after speaker on the subject of trial practice. He has given presentations across the state of Tennessee, Florida and Georgia not only to other attorneys, but also as a featured speaker at multiple seminars for Tennessee judges. He has tried cases in Alabama, Kentucky and across the state of Tennessee. He has represented clients in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, Illinois and Florida.
Daniel is a Past President of the Tennessee Association for Justice. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Association for Justice, the Medical/Legal Committee for the Nashville Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Justice. He is a member of the Circle of Advocates and the Nashville Bar Foundation. Daniel was selected as a Senior Counsel member of the American College of Barristers. The status of Senior Counsel is a distinction honoring his skill and experience as a trial lawyer as well as his demonstrated commitment to promoting excellence in the art of trial advocacy. Daniel was also appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a hearing officer for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
Daniel is a graduate of Lipscomb University (B.A. 1984) and the University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D. 1987). While in law school, he was a National Semi-Finalist member of the National Trial Moot Court Team. He received the United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and is a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the legal community. Daniel enjoys an AV-Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating that can be achieved and identifies lawyers with preeminent legal ability as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
Community Service - A Leader in his Community.
Giving back to the community is an important part of Daniel’s life. As he says, “My mother and father emphasized faith, family and service. They not only taught it - they lived it. My father was a minister. All of my brothers have served in the ministry. My mother was the one who cast the vision for me to go to law school. I remember when I was in law school going home and visiting my mother and father shortly before my father passed away from cancer. He asked me ‘Daniel, what will you do to serve?’ I have used that question to help guide me in my life, not only in my law practice, but in my community and with my own family and my children. I remember that conversation with him just as vividly now as the day it occurred 25 years ago.”
In 1994, Daniel was elected to the Franklin Special School District Board of Education. He served as the Treasurer of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education from 1994-1997. During his tenure, the Franklin Special School District received the Tennessee School Board of the Year Award from the Tennessee School Board Association.
Daniel is an active member of the church he and his family attend. Daniel has been involved as a team leader in missions work, not only on U.S. soil, but also in areas of Mexico and Jamaica. He and his wife are members of the Williamson County Foster Parent Association. During the past 17 years, they have served as foster parents to over 25 children including special needs and disabled children. They actively support Graceworks Ministries, Mercy Children’s Medical Clinic and Faith Family Medical Clinic. Daniel served as a Youth Basketball Coach for 14 years with the YMCA, Williamson County Recreational League, Grassland Athletic Association, and the West Nashville Sports League. He and his wife, Stacy, along with their four children, live in Franklin, Tennessee.
Courtroom Success - A Commitment to Excellence.
Daniel has handled numerous high-profile cases that have received local and national media attention including the death in an automobile/motorcycle wreck of the world’s most decorated aerobatic pilot (whose planes are on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.); the wrongful death of a woman after the car she was driving burst into flames after it was hit in the rear-end by a tractor-trailer; the disabling back injuries a man received when a deck collapsed because of improper construction, causing him to fall 20 feet; the death of a well-known pharmacist after his CT scans were misread, and severe injuries a lady received after pure 99.9% acetic acid, instead of a 4% solution, was used on her during a gynecologic procedure. In March of 2010, Randy Kinnard and Daniel Clayton obtained a 22 million dollar jury verdict – the largest medical malpractice verdict in Tennessee history for an individual person. Daniel has successfully handled multiple brain injury cases including birth trauma injuries.
His areas of practice include catastrophic and personal injury, automobile and tractor trailer litigation, wrongful death, medical negligence, and product liability. For more information regarding Board Certification, please visit www.abpla.org and www.cletn.com.
During his career, Daniel has been asked by numerous organizations to speak to their members. He has given speeches to lawyers, legal professionals, health care professionals and judges. He has testified before State Senate and House Committees on issues involving our jury system. He has been a featured guest Editorialist for The Tennessean on Nursing Home Issues. Here are the titles of some of his presentations:
■May 2012: The Essential Elements of Handling the Automobile Collision Case
■April 2012: Preparing and Taking Effective Depositions
■2011 RoadBuilders Bill – Proving Road Construction Cases
■The Impact of Governor Haslam’s 2011 Tort Reform Bill on Medical Malpractice
■Hot Topics in Medical Malpractice
■Medical Malpractice – Staying up with the New Medical Malpractice Law
■Trial Strategies for a Changing World
■The Law of Subrogation in Tennessee
■Effectively Handling Medical Malpractice Cases in Tennessee
■Introduction to Nursing Home Litigation
■Medical Malpractice – The New Law and Beyond
■The 21st Century Trial Attorney – Success through Education and Motivation
■Tort Law Update – The Most Important Cases of the Year
■Three Important Aspects of Voir Dire
■Seven Steps Followed by Highly Effective Legal Nurse Consultants
■Winning Ways of Master Trial Lawyers: Walking the Walk; Talking the Talk
■Trial Practice Changes after the Jury Reform Commission Report
■Filling your Toolbox
■Breaking the Chains that Lead to Defeat – A Closer Look at Opening Statements
■HIPPA – New Regulations Impacting our Practice
■Standard of Review on Appeal
■Planting the Seed: The Effective Use of Voir Dire
■Auto Torts Litigation: Resolution by Settlement, Mediation or Trial
■Medical Malpractice in a Nutshell
■Auto Torts: Preparing Your Case for Settlement and Trial
■The Ethical Solicitation and Representation of Clients
■Auto Torts: Depositions that Win
■Paralegals and the Litigation Team in Tennessee
■Litigation: Trial Practice for Legal secretaries and Legal Assistants
■Personal Injury Seminar: First Contact and Meeting with the Client
Daniel enjoys running (2010, 2011, 2012 Music City Marathon-Half Marathon), fishing, reading, playing golf with his son and son-in-law, and playing tennis.