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Daniel L. Clayton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Nashville, TN

Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge
127 Woodmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: 615-297-1007
Fax: 615-297-1505
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Daniel has handled numerous high-profile cases that have received local and national media attention including the death in an automobile 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 was hit in the rear-end by a tractor-trailer, causing the car to burst into flames; the permanently disabling injuries a man received when a deck collapsed because of improper construction; the death of a well-known Nashville 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. Randall L. Kinnard and Daniel Clayton obtained one of the largest jury verdicts in a medical malpractice case in Tennessee history - a $22.4 million dollar verdict (Federal Court, Chattanooga) in a case where a woman went to the hospital with a broken leg, and ended up paralzyed fromt he waist down.  He has successfully handled multiple brain injury cases including birth trauma injuries.  Daniel has been named Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year - five times in the past 8 years. 4 times in Medical Malpractice and 1 time in Product Liability. 

Certificates and Credentials

About Daniel L. Clayton

First Admitted: 1987, Tennessee

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Pre-Trial Practice
  • 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)
  • 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 by Randall L. Kinnard and Daniel L. Clayton in case where woman went to hospital for broken leg following an automobile accident and ended up paralzyed from waist down.  Federal Court.  Chattanooga, Tennessee, 2010
  • 2,650,000 verdict.  52 year old woman who had 99.9% aceitic 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


  • Best Lawyers in America; Martindale-Hubbell Registry of Pre-Eminent Lawyers; Nashville Post - Top 101 Lawyers, Top 101 Lawyers, Nashville Post, 2011
  • Medical Malpractice - Nashville, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • 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; Trustee: Nashville Bar Foundation
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Office Location for Daniel L. Clayton

127 Woodmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37205

Last Updated: 6/29/2021

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