As the Business Litigation Practice Group Leader Shareholder, Clayton focuses his practice on banking and mortgage servicing litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, shareholder disputes, and trust and estate litigation matters. Utilizing his banking and transactional background and substantive business law knowledge, Clayton is able to offer practical advice and solutions in litigation matters including lender liability claims; breach of fiduciary duty claims; contract disputes; ownership disputes between partners, shareholders, or members of closely held businesses; and Will and Trust contest actions, including claims of undue influence and lack of capacity. He has successfully represented beneficiaries and trustees in terminating or modifying irrevocable trusts, defended trustees from claims by beneficiaries, and successfully tried a week-long trust contest for his clients. Clayton is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy trial academy and has traveled across the country to argue in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts.
When working with clients, Clayton is easy going and collaborates with clients to establish clear goals and expectations for each situation.
At Sandberg Phoenix, in addition to leading the Business Litigation Practice Group, Clayton serves on the Recruiting Committee, Diversity Committee, and the Community Connections Committee. He also is a co-Chairperson of the Bankruptcy and Judicial Estoppel team and Chairperson of the Fiduciary Litigation team. Clayton previously chaired the firm’s Associate Development Committee, Recruiting Committee, and Mentoring Program.
Outside the office, Clayton enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, golfing, and listening to music, particularly country, folk and blues. He is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and of attending trivia nights to support local charities.