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Chuck Clay

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Biography

"We take action with confidence, not with ego."

Chuck Clay is a father of three, little league baseball coach, 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.

Chuck began practicing law in 1999 after graduating with honors from Furman University and the University of Georgia School of Law. He founded Chuck Clay and Associates in 2013 with an exclusive focus on personal injuries and civil disputes. Prior to forming Chuck Clay and Associates, 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. 

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 liability claims.

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Moot Court Team
  • Furman University
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Atlanta Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Treasurer/General Counsel
  • Atlanta Lawyers Club, Member
  • Little League Baseball, Coach

Professional Associations

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Member
  • Lumpkin Inn of Court, Member
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Past Member
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Past Member

Honors

  • Super Lawyers, 2016-2021
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars - 2009, 2011-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Preeminent Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation, 2012-2013
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Georgia Trend, Legal Elite
  • Fulton County Daily Report, "On the Rise" List, 2012

Representative Cases

  • Construction Accidents - Crane Accident Resulting in Amputation - $44,000,000
  • Wrongful Death - Wrongful Death Verdict for Family of Man Shot in Night Club Parking Lot - $10,000,000
  • Wrongful Death - Wrongful death settlement - $4,415,000
  • Wrongful Death - Wrongful death settlement from construction accident - $4,415,000
  • Premises Liability - $3,000,000 wrongful death settlement for gunshot victim - $3,000,000
  • Premises Liability - Settlement on behalf of a foreign citizen who was robbed and shot at a mobile home park - $2,900,000
  • Wrongful Death - Disputed liability settlement for unemployed young man who was killed inside an apartment. - $2,000,000
  • Premises Liability - Premises Liability Settlement Against Commercial Shopping Center - $1,250,000
  • Premises Liability - Premises Liability Settlement for Injured Victim that Was Attacked in a Parking Lot - $1,000,000
  • Premises Liability - Premise Liability of High Crime Apartment Complex - $1,000,000
  • Premises Liability - Premises Liability Settlement Against Apartment Complex for Shooting that Occurred Inside an Apartment Unit - $1,200,000
  • Personal Injury - Personal Injury Settlement Against Product Manufacturer - $1,000,000

Current Employment Position

  • Founder/Trial Lawyer

Practice Areas

  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Dram Shop Liability
  • Foodborne Illnesses
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Distracted Driving Claims

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
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