Chuck Clay is a husband, father of three, and truly authentic lawyer who
combines a highly competitive spirit with client-centered objectives.
Chuck’s greatest professional satisfaction is using his creative
intellect for the benefit of his clients.
He began practicing law in 1999 after graduating with honors from Furman
University and the University of Georgia School of Law. Chuck Clay &
Associates, LLC was founded in 2013 with an exclusive focus on personal
injuries and civil disputes. Prior to forming Chuck Clay & Associates,
LLC, Chuck had a distinguished career as an equity partner in a preeminent
defense firm and has represented fortune 500 companies, product manufacturers,
small companies, insurers, and many individual clients. This past experience
allows him to evaluate cases quickly and accurately and to identify the
core issues at the heart of complicated disputes. He is fortunate to have
retained many close relationships that provide unique opportunities to
move cases quickly and bring more value to the client.
Chuck has national experience that includes litigating in 25 states and
trying numerous multi-million dollar cases, including the case of a crane
accident victim which returned a verdict of
$44 million. He takes pride in being able to explain complex situations in simple
terms. The variety of litigation also appeals to Chuck, whose expertise
spans numerous sub-specialties: Catastrophic injuries, premises liability,
trucking litigation, product liability, dram shop liability, foodborne
illnesses, workplace accidents, medical malpractice and distracted driving claims.
In his years of practice, Chuck has earned a host of professional awards
and legal honors. These include:
- Selection to Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
- Recognition by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America”
for personal injury litigation
- Inclusion in Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite"
- Selection to the “Super Lawyers" list
- Selection to the Fulton County Daily Report’s 2012 “On the
- An AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
Less than one-half of one percent of attorneys are admitted to the prestigious
Litigation Counsel of America, a peer-selected, aggressively diverse,
invitation-only society comprised of 3,500 top trial lawyers from around
the country. This distinction truly sets him apart as one of the most
effective and respected advocates anywhere.
Chuck is admitted to practice in Georgia and before the Georgia Court of
Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the
9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently a member of the Georgia
Trial Lawyers Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the
American Association of Justice, the State Bar of Georgia, and the Atlanta
Bar Association. In the past, he has also served as a mentor through the
Georgia State Bar's Program for beginning lawyers, and is a past member
of the DRI and the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association.
Outside of his practice, Chuck is a frequent lecturer and author on topics
such as distracted driving claims, handling catastrophic injury claims,
dram shop liability, children’s products liability in Georgia and
Nevada, jury trial strategy, deposition tactics and strategies, and premises