For 35+ years, Tony Clayton has been the go-to advocate for people in Louisiana. Born and raised in Louisiana, he likes to say he practices law "on the same soil" where he grew up, played on the street, went to school, and played football. Today, he fights for regular folks against the insurers and companies that rob them of the life and financial recovery they deserve. He has won over $1 billion throughout his career; his history of results includes some of the most famous cases in Louisiana history, both from his time as the Special Prosecutor and as a private personal injury attorney.
Tony graduated from Southern University’s Law Center and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1991. He has since had the privilege of serving the courts in other areas of the law, including District Court Judge for the Louisiana Supreme Court and Special Prosecutor for East Baton Rouge Parish.
Tony is an avid hunter and fisherman who is committed to preserving and protecting the wetlands critical to the Louisianan way of life. It is his deep love of his state, as well as his calling to public service, that has led Tony to represent the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in cases involving pipeline companies endangering our wetlands. For decades, Tony has protected communities throughout the Baton Rouge area, and he is now committed to doing the same for the natural beauty of our state. He will do everything possible to hold pipeline companies accountable for the damage they have caused—while ensuring they clean up the mess they left.
To learn more, check out Tony's feature in the 2023 Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine.
Tony Clayton's Victories
Tony has been recognized for numerous achievements throughout his career. He won his first million-dollar case just 5 years after passing the bar. In 2018, he won 3 cases that netted more than $81 million in settlements and verdicts. Tony is also known for his prosecution of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was convicted of second-degree murder and died in 2016 while serving a life sentence at Angola Louisiana State. He also prosecuted Louisiana’s second-most notorious serial killer, Sean Gillis, who is currently serving a life sentence at Angola.
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Federalist Society, 2023-present
- Super Lawyers, 2018-present
- Southern University Law Center Alumni Organization
- American Inns of Court, Barrister
- Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Board
- Louisiana District Attorney Association
- Developments in trespass law and coastal restoration cases - Louisiana Advocates