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Background

Taj Clayton is a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson. Mr. Clayton has successfully represented a variety of clients ranging from award-winning filmmakers to one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Mr. Clayton practices in both federal and state court, focusing on complex business, intellectual property, employment, and mass tort litigation. His previous law experience includes a position as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2005-2006).

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Clayton began his career in sports in the Management Council of the National Football League (1999). Later, he worked as a consultant at ICG Commerce, an e-procurement consulting firm (2000-2002).

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Clayton is an extremely proud husband and father, an avid weekend warrior, amateur trumpet player, and a lover of good literature. He is active in his local community, serving on several nonprofit boards including the Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Chamber Music Society, and Launchability. Mr. Clayton has also served on President Barack Obama’s Texas Finance Committee and was a candidate to represent Texas’s 30th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

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Education

J.D., Harvard Law School 2005
General Editor, Harvard Blackletter Law JournalStaff, Journal on Legislation​​


A.B., Harvard College 1999
History
cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas 2005
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Clerkships

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, The Honorable Mark L. Wolf, 2005 - 2006

Memberships & Affiliations

Board Member on the National Board of Directors for Girls Inc.​ 

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) - 2017 LCLD Fellow​ 

Other Distinctions

Accolades

Featured in the Third Edition of “Who’s Who in BlackDallas” (2016).

Named a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award (2016).

Named an honoree for the 2016 Minority Business Leader Awards by the Dallas Business Journal (2016).

Named a “Texas Rising Star” in by Super Lawyers (2010, 2014, and 2015).

Speaking Engagements

“The Changing Face of America,” Dallas StartUp Week (March 5th, 2015).

“The Future of Patent Law: Understanding the Challenges Ahead,” Panelist, 11th Annual Symposium on Emerging I.P. Issues: The Supreme Court and I.P. Law (October 2014).

“Social Media and the Practice of Law,” Business Disputes 2014 (September 2014).

Publications

Arbitration Risks: Why Arbitration is Not Necessarily Better, Faster, or Cheaper Than Litigation, Fish Litigation Blog, November 2016 (co-author).

“Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Lawyers,” State Bar of Texas, Business Disputes course book, September 2014 (co-author).

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Fish Litigation Blog
July 16, 2015
Social Media Do's and Don'ts - Complying With Ethics Rules
Social Media Do's and Don'ts - Complying With Ethics Rules
Authors: Taj Clayton, Ricardo Bonilla
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Commercial Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
June 25, 2015
Social Media Do's and Don’ts – Fake Friending Opposing Parties/Witnesses
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Authors: Taj Clayton, Ricardo Bonilla
Commercial Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
November 30, 2016
Arbitration Risks: Why Arbitration is Not Necessarily Better, Faster, or Cheaper Than Litigation.
Arbitration Risks:  Why Arbitration is Not Necessarily Better, Faster, or Cheaper Than Litigation.
Authors: Mike Gaddis, Ph.D., Taj Clayton, Steven H. Stodghill
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January 6, 2016
Principal Taj Clayton Recognized as 2016 Minority Business Leader by Dallas Business Journal
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Fish Litigation Blog
June 18, 2015
Social Media Do's and Don’ts– Social Media Providers and Litigation
Social Media Providers and Litigation
Authors: Taj Clayton, Ricardo Bonilla
IP Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
June 12, 2015
Social Media Do's and Don’ts of Lawyers – Opposing Counsel/Parties Profiles
Social Media Law - Lawyers – Opposing Counsel/Parties Profiles
Authors: Taj Clayton, Ricardo Bonilla
Commercial Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
June 4, 2015
Social Media Do's and Don'ts - Discussing Ongoing Litigation
Social Media Do's and Don'ts - Discussing Ongoing Litigation
Authors: Taj Clayton, Ricardo Bonilla
IP Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
May 28, 2015
Social Media Do's and Don’ts – Preserving Discoverable Information
Social Media Do's and Don’ts – Preserving Discoverable Information
Authors: Taj Clayton, Ricardo Bonilla
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May 20, 2015
Social Media Do's and Don’ts for Lawyers
Social Media Do's and Don’ts for Lawyers
Authors: Taj Clayton, Ricardo Bonilla
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April 9, 2015
Fish & Richardson Attorneys Honored on 2015 Texas Rising Stars List
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March 18, 2014
Nine Attorneys from Fish & Richardson Named to Texas Rising Stars List
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March 14, 2014
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