John W. Clay

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Ajamie LLP
 | 711 Louisiana St, Suite 2150
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832-450-3963
Fax: 713-860-1699
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Energy & Natural Resources (30%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    John W. Clay is partner at Ajamie LLP and represents clients in Houston, Texas. His practice is focused on securities litigation, alternative dispute resolution, energy and natural resources and business litigation. A skilled litigator with decades of experience, he has directly managed legal matters related to civil RICO litigation, construction litigation, engineering design, investment disputes, complex contractual disputes, energy litigation, transportation liability defense, cross-border litigation and employment litigation.

    At Rice University, Mr. Clay was a National Merit Finalist and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies in 1993. He then moved on to law school at the University of Houston, where he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor. While in law school, he was involved with the Order of the Barons and was the Notes and Comment Editor for the University of Houston Law Review.

    Admitted to practice in the state of Texas, Mr. Clay is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French and during his career, he has been involved in multiple international and domestic arbitrations.

    Mr. Clay is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association and The Bar Association of The Fifth Federal Circuit. For two years he served with the First Court of Appeals in Houston as a task force staff attorney and is known for his proficiency in presenting and simplifying complex technical and legal issues.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Business Litigation
    • 30%Energy & Natural Resources
    • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Securities Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

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    About John Clay

    Admitted: 1996, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Served on University of Houston Law Review as a member (2nd year) and Note & Comment Editor (3rd year)., 1995
    • Texas Super Lawyer, 2012 - 2020
    • University of Houston, Order of the Barons
    • Law Clerk for the Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Law Clerk for the Hon. Edith H. Jones, 1996

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • Houston Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • Texas, 1996

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Discussing Issues and Litigation Arising From The Macondo Oil Spill., Author, An Explosion of Litigation: BP and Deepwater Horizon, ABA Energy Litigation Journal, 2010
    • Co-Author, “Commentary: Help for Securities Fraud Plaintiffs Seeking Class Certification,” Texas Lawyer, 2011


    • Won a $112,119,005 judgment award (including prejudgment interest) for a jury verdict on a civil RICO Act claim, following a three week trial and approximately 80 days of hearings (one of the primary trial counsel)., 2010
    • Successfully resolved client's multi-million dollar contract and quantum merit claims in manufacturing dispute for an amount substantially above the damages originally pled., 2013
    • Won arbitration award of over $7 million in damages, attorneys’ fees, and pre- and post-judgment interest in a three week arbitration of claims for the distribution of partnership shares, 2009

    Educational Background:

    • Rice University, B.A., Classical Studies, National Merit Finalist, 1993

    Industry Groups

    • Civil RICO Act Claims
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Cross-border Litigation
    • Energy Litigation
    • Securities And ERISA Class Actions
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    Office Location for John W. Clay

    711 Louisiana St
    Suite 2150
    Houston, TX 77002

    Phone: 832-450-3963

    Fax: 713-860-1699

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    Last Updated: 3/2/2021

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