Attorney Terry Clayton was born and raised in Memphis, TN where he attended Shelby County Public Schools. At an early age, Attorney Clayton developed a passion for the game of football where he learned team work, discipline, and accountability. After high school he continued his education at Tennessee State University pursuing a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. After receiving his degree, he continued his education at Howard School of Law where he served on the International Moot Court Team and as the American Bar Association Law Student Division Liaison to the Criminal Justice Section Council in his senior year.
Attorney Clayton is a proud father of 3 daughters who have all thrived in the Metro Nashville Public Schools System. He is also active in the community as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, the Tennessee State University Foundation Board of Directors, the Temple Baptist Church outreach ministry Samaritan Ministry, Incorporated and owner of the law firm Terry Clayton and Associates, P. C.
Attorney Clayton has a long history of involvement in the Democratic Party. He is a former 19th Senatorial District Democratic Executive Committeeman, a Session Attorney for Tennessee Legislature, a 2000 and 2016 Democratic National Convention
Civic/Community Engagement attendant, a President and Board Chairman of the not for profit Southeast Center For Cooperative Development, Inc. He is also a former member of the following; Metro Arts Allocation Subcommittee, the Tennessee Department of Health's Black Healthcare Task Force, and the Edgehill Centers Community Prevention Network.
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A MAN OF SERVICE
Attorney Clayton has a history of servicing those who are in need in the community through his various affiliations. His community involvement includes his efforts in the Jefferson Street United Merchants Program (JUMP), voluntary positions with both the NAACP and Phi Beta Sigma, and Project See. Also, as a member of the Tennessee State University Foundation he was instrumental in creating the Legacy Society where alumni and supporters are encouraged to leave an estate gift to the foundation in the amount of $10,000 or more. Outside of the community, he has also served our great country and retired as a veteran in March of 2003. During his time as a Major in the Tennessee Air National Guard, he served as the Chief of Military Equal Opportunity while receiving several awards.
Attorney Clayton is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and he has been practicing law in our beloved city of Nashville for thirty years. He started his career in law at Smith and Hirsh Law Firm in 1988 where he practiced general sessions, domestic relations and probate law. After just five years of working with the company, he opened his own independent law firm. The Clayton Law Firm engages in civil litigation in the areas of bankruptcy, personal injuries, automobile and tractor truck accidents, consumer law, probate law, and estate planning. He has tried jury trials in Davidson County, Maury County and Anderson County. He has also represented citizens in counties across Tennessee including; Wilson, Sumner, Robinson, Lauderale, Shelby, Madison, Dickson, Hardin and Hamilton County.
Outside of Tennessee, He has represented citizens in Huntsville, Alabama, West Memphis, Arkansas, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Southwestern Regional Legal Counsel since 2015. As a volunteer, Attorney Clayton served as the legal counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Nashville, TN.