Daniel Clayton

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

Law Office of Daniel Clayton
Daniel Clayton
Law Office of Daniel Clayton

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1987

Education: The University of Tennessee College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
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Law Office of Daniel Clayton

104 Woodmont Blvd
Suite 122
Nashville, TN 37205 Visit website


A renowned personal injury attorney throughout the United States, Daniel Clayton works from his eponymous law firm in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tucson, Arizona, representing clients who have sustained injuries or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. He has handled many cases related to medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents and nursing home abuse, winning many million- and multimillion-dollar verdicts.

Practicing law for over 30 years, Mr. Clayton has handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is very compassionate about getting his clients the compensation they deserve to kickstart their recovery process. His empathetic approach toward handling every case ensures his clients are well taken care of and relatively stress-free.

A 1980 B.A. history graduate of Lipscomb University, Mr. Clayton attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1987. During his time in law school, he was a semifinalist at the National Trial Moot Court Competition and received the Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell Medal of Excellence. He has been rated “Superb” on Avvo and is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest peer-review rating.

Mr. Clayton has had many awards and recognitions bestowed upon him during his venerable career, including:

·       The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyer list

·       Recognized by Best Lawyers since 2010 and being awarded the organization’s Lawyer of the Year award on seven separate occasions

·       Voted Best of The Bar in 2020 and 2021 by Nashville Business Journal. 

Mr. Clayton holds memberships in a variety of prominent legal organizations. This includes the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association. Apart from being a past president of the latter organization, he is the president of the Nashville Bar Foundation and Senior Counsel of the American College of Barristers. Moreover, he is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Clayton is board-certified in civil pretrial procedure and as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Specialty and the National Board of Legal Specialty, respectively. He is also board-certified as a medical malpractice specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dram Shop Laws, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1987, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: https://www.danielclaytonlaw.com/Daniel-L-Clayton-Attorney-a...

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Civil Pre-Trial Practice
  • Board Certified Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Certified: Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; Certified: Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Youth Basketball Coach: YMCA, Grassland Athletic Association; West Nashville Sports League
  • Treasurer, Franklin Special School District, Board of Education
  • Tennessee School Board of the Year: Franklin Special School District Board of Education, 2007
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • President: Tennessee Association for Justice (2008)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • President, Nashville Bar Foundation; Board of Trustees
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2022
  • Certified: Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; Certified: Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys; Certified: Civil Pre Trial Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Educational Background:
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, 1987
  • $22,400,000.00 million dollar verdict obtained trial team Daniel was a part of in former law firm in case where woman went to hospital for broken leg following an automobile accident and ended up paralyzed from waist down.  Federal Court.  Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2010
  • 2,650,000 verdict.  52 year old woman who had 99.9% acetic acid applied during a colposcopy procedure, instead of a 4% vinegar solution1,800,000 verdict.  62 year old man, undiagnosed tongue cancer.  Death.1,600,000 verdict.  Collapse of deck at home resulting in back injuries.
  • $2,960,000.00 verdict for injuries and death from automobile accident.  According to newspaper reports, the largest automobile verdict in Rutherford County history.  $1,960,000.00 was awarded to Daniel Clayton's client.  1,005,000 awarded to the Jackson estate, represented by Bill Ramsey., 2014
  • 5,000,000.00 jury verdict for death of 22 month old following tick infection.  Davidson County, Tennessee Court case. , 2014
  • Medical Malpractice - Nashville, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Medical Malpractice - Nashville, Tennessee, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Personal Injury, Nashville, TN, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • 2016 Lawyer of Year - Best Lawyers, Product Liability; Nashville Tennessee's Best Lawyers 2015 Lawyer of the Year in the area of Medical Malpractice.  Also named 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2015
  • Named 2018 Lawyer of Year - Plaintiff - Medical Malpractice - Nashville, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Past President: Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association; Current President: Nashville Bar Foundation

Office location for Daniel Clayton

104 Woodmont Blvd
Suite 122
Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 629-895-0135

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