William F. Clayton is an associate in the firm whose practice is focused primarily on general commercial litigation and construction litigation. These areas of practice include handling disputes involving the breach of government and private contracts, insurance coverage, personal injury, and violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act. Mr. Clayton also dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to the representation of owners and management companies in the multifamily housing industry. This area of practice includes handling tenant disputes and evictions, drafting residential leases, and representation of landlords in fair housing cases. Mr. Clayton regularly speaks on issues of importance to the construction industry and multifamily housing industry, and is a co-author of the Tennessee Section of Business Torts, A Fifty State Guide.
Mr. Clayton graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in music history and theory. He earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, graduating with high honors. Upon graduation, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Clayton completed a two-year judicial clerkship for Presiding Judge Joseph M. Tipton of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Mr. Clayton was admitted to practice law in 2011 and is currently licensed to practice law in New York and Tennessee. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Clayton regularly gives back to his community and served as the President of the Knoxville Community Rotaract Club, which engages in service projects in Knoxville and the surrounding areas.