A veteran attorney with years of “big firm” experience, he has opened his own law practice to fight for the justice that every man and woman deserves. He has experience in all types of litigation including complex civil litigation, civil trial practice, criminal defense, domestic matters, and a wide range of other legal issues. A former law clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, he has handled cases across the state of Mississippi and in Washington D.C. With extensive experience in both trial and appellate courts, including and up to the United States Supreme Court, he has the experience, strength and tenacity to fight for you.
Civil litigation – Including matters involving mass torts, antitrust, consumer protection, pharmaceutical drug and device litigation, hospital and health law, mortgage service disputes, contractual disputes, constitutional law (including separation of powers, due process, and commercial speech protected by the First Amendment), and other complex litigation.
Criminal law – Including both state and federal criminal matters (including internal corporate investigations) involving securities law, election law, campaign finance, health care fraud, trade secrets, and similar matters.
Appellate practice – Including matters involving a wide variety of issues before the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals, and numerous state appellate courts.
Other legal matters – Including advising and assisting clients with both federal and state public policy matters, lobbying laws, issue advocacy, and government and congressional ethics.
After graduating in the top of his class from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Clanton served as a law clerk to the Late Honorable David A. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Clanton’s prior professional experience includes tenure as a shareholder in a large, national AmLaw 200 law firm.
He has also previously served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, where he acted as Chief Counsel advising both the Chairman and the Members of the Judiciary Committee on legislation and Congressional oversight, regulatory authority, civil and constitutional rights, Congressional authority, separation of powers, proposed constitutional amendments and oversight of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. While practicing with the law firm of Baker Donelson, he handled civil litigation in both Mississippi and Washington, D.C.
Member: Barrister, Inns of Court. Co-Author: "A Proposal: Codification by Statute of the Judicial Confirmation Process," 14 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 807 (2006). Author: "Suppressing Speech in Judicial Elections: How the Canons of Judicial Ethics Abridge the Freedom of Speech of Judges and Candidates for Judicial Office," 21 Miss. C. L. Rev. 267 (2002); "Justice in Wisconsin," Policy Review, January/February 1999; "Clinton v. City of New York: How the Line Item Veto Act Faked Out the Supreme Court," Federalism and Separation of Powers News (The Federalist Society, Washington, D.C.), Fall 1998; "The Nullification Machine," First Things, August/September 1998, at 20; "Standing and the English Prerogative Writs: The Original Understanding," 63 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1001 (1997); Note, "Inherent Powers and Settlement Agreements: Limiting Federal Enforcement Jurisdiction," 15 Miss. C. L. Rev. 453 (1995). Former Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives. Member: The Federalist Society, Lawyers Division; Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group. Vice Chairman, Role of the Courts Subcommittee. Chairman, Mississippi Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. President of the Board, Ballet Mississippi.