The Clayton Law Firm, P.A. was formed in 1996 by Drew Clayton to focus on the representation of investors and others involved in business and trust-related disputes. In 2016, Drew Clayton and Worth Graham moved their practice to the distinguished Icard Merrill law firm in Sarasota Given the nature of their practice, Drew Clayton and Worth Graham often represent “David” against “Goliath,” and they excel in doing so.
The news is replete with stories of large and powerful financial institutions that have neglected — and sometimes intentionally trampled upon — the interests of their customers. Because of Drew Clayton’s experience in the investment industry before he became an attorney in 1987, and the hundreds of investment-related cases in arbitration and court that he has handled over more than 30 years, he has the unique perspective to assess the strengths and weaknesses of such cases. And, when necessary, he has the ability, experience and willingness to take them through trial or arbitration.
Most of our work comes from other lawyers, accountants and financial advisers because of our unique experience. Drew Clayton holds the exemplary “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which reflects the highest opinions of his peers in the legal community and judiciary. He has also been designated a Florida “Super Lawyer” and as part of Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite.” Moreover, Mr. Clayton was selected to serve in 2010-2011 as president of the Sarasota chapter of the American Inn of Court, an organization of lawyers and judges devoted to enhancing professionalism, ethics and civility in the practice of law. He presently serves as the secretary and treasurer of the Sarasota County Bar Association. Mr. Clayton has obtained several arbitration awards in excess of $1 million and successfully represented the Clerk of Court in Sarasota County in a federal court lawsuit arising from the alleged mishandling of the county’s investment portfolio by a major financial institution in 2007-2008. That case was settled in 2012 for almost $24 million.
Mr. Clayton’s cases have been featured in various local and national news stories for more than 20 years. He has been asked to be a speaker at national conferences of other securities lawyers. Attorneys facing complex securities and business cases often seek his opinion and assistance in such matters because of the depth of his experience.