Board-Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist As a Civil Trial Specialist certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and a Board-Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist, Daniel L. Clayton is a highly knowledgeable legal professional. More than that, he is extremely compassionate and understanding. He knows that his clients are going through difficult situations, whether due to a serious accident or incident of medical malpractice.
Daniel L. Clayton, Sr. Partner at the law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, has been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list every year since 2006. In addition, he is also listed in the Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee and Top 50 Lawyers in Nashville. Super Lawyers recognize attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.
A Strong Track Record Of Success Daniel has had great success in and out of the courtroom on behalf of injury victims, which has led to him giving numerous presentations across Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. He has tried cases in surrounding states such as Alabama and Kentucky.
Daniel has secured impressive case results over the years. He has resolved several high-profile cases, earning local and national media attention. With a fellow member of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Daniel Clayton obtained a $22 million jury verdict—the largest medical malpractice verdict in the history of the state for a single person.
From car accidents and medical malpractice claims to birth injuries and brain damage, Daniel has the legal expertise to handle a diverse range of cases.
When not working on a case for one of his clients, Daniel enjoys spending time outdoors. He can be found running in a marathon, fishing, playing golf with his son and son-in-law, or competing in a game of tennis. Above all else, Daniel enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Awards & Accolades Best Lawyers in America since 2010 Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2020) Top 50 Lawyers in Nashville by Super Lawyers® (2012-2020) Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee by Super Lawyers® (2007, 2010-2020) AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell® The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2020 Nashville "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice law 2018 Nashville "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice law 2016 Nashville “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Law 2015 Nashville "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Law 2012 Nashville "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Law Voted "Best of The Bar" by Nashville Business Journal (2020)
Memberships Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (Past President) Nashville Bar Foundation (President: Board of Trustees) American Board of Trial Advocates Southern Trial Lawyers Association Nashville Bar Association American Association for Justice Tennessee Bar Association American College of Barristers (Senior Counsel) Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Community Involvement Daniel also believes in giving back to the community, serving as a leader in this area. Growing up with a family that cared about service and giving back to others, community involvement comes naturally to Daniel. He has served on the Franklin Special School District Board of Education and led many mission teams to Mexico, Jamaica, and around the U.S.
Daniel and his wife are also involved in the Williamson County Foster Parent Association, serving as foster parents to more than 25 children in the last 17 years. Other organizations Daniel and his family support include Graceworks Ministries, Faith Family Medical Clinic, and Mercy Children’s Medical Clinic.
Education University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee - 1987
J.D. Honors: National Semifinalist Member, National Trial Moot Court Team Honors: Who's Who in American Law David Lipscomb University - 1984 B.A.