Daniel L. Clayton - Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge

Daniel L. Clayton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Daniel Clayton named Best Lawyers 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" - Nashville - Product Liability Law, and 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" - Nashville - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

In addition to being named to Best Lawyers in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Product Liability, Daniel has been named to the Top 50 Lawyers List in Nashville, and the Top 100 List of Lawyers in Tennessee.

Professional Background - A Leader in the Law.

Daniel Clayton is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist and a Medical Malpractice Specialist. In addition to being selected for inclusion as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, he is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is a much sought after speakcer on the subject of trial practice.  He has given presentations across the state of Tennessee, Florida and Georgia, not only to other attorneys, but also as a featured speaker at multiple seminars for Tennessee judges. 

Daniel is a past President of the Tennessee Association for Justice.  He also serves on the Board of Governors for TAJ.  He is a member of AAJ, the Circle of Advocates, the Nashville Bar Foundation, the Tennessee Bar Foundation and was selected as a Senior Counsel member of the American College of Barristers.  Daniel was also appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a hearing officer for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

Daniel is a graduate of Lipscomb University (B.A. 1984) and the University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D. 1987).  While in law school, he was a National Semi-Finalist member of the National Trial Moot Court Team. He is a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the legal community. He has an AV-Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

Community Service - A Leader in the Community.

Giving back to the community is an important part of Daniel's life. "Shortly before my dad died from cancer, he asked me, 'Daniel, what will you do to serve?' I have used that question to help guide me in my life, not only in my law practice, but in my community and with my own family and children."

In 1994, Daniel was elected to the Franklin Special School District Board of Education.  He served as Treasurer from 1994-1997.  During his tenure, the Board received the 'Tennessee School Board of the Year' award.

Daniel has been involved as a team leader in missions work, not only on U.S. soil, but also in areas of Mexico and Jamaica.  Over the past 20 years, he and his wife have served as foster parents to over 25 children including special needs and disabled children. Daniel has also served as a youth basketball coach for 15 years.

Courtroom Success - A Commitment to Excellence.

In 2014, On behalf of their Kinnard Clayton & Beveridge client, Daniel obtained a 5,000,000.00 medical malpractice verdict in Nashville, Tennessee involving the wrongful death of a 2 year old. 

Also, in 2014, on behalf of their Kinnard Clayton & Beveridge client, Daniel obtained what was reported by news outlet and the presiding judge as a record breaking automobile verdict in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  The total verdict was in excess of $2,900,000.00.  

Daniel has handled numerous high-profile cases that have received local and national media attention involving deaths and serious injuries of well-known families from automobile and tractor-trailer wrecks as well as medical malpractice and product liability claims. Daniel currently represents multiple families in the nationwide fungal meningitis disaster. In 2014, Daniel handled two multi-million dollar jury verdicts - one involving injuries to a man in an automobile wreck; the other (a 5 million dollar jury verdict) was a health care liability claim against a pediatric group for the wrongful death of a two year old boy.  In March 2010, Randy Kinnard and Daniel Clayton obtained a 22 million dollar jury verdict - reported and believed to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in Tennessee history for an individual person. Daniel has successfully handled multiple brain injury cases including birth trauma injuries.

His areas of practice include catastrophic and personal injury, automobile and tractor trailer litigation, wrongful death, medical negligence, and product liability.


Additional Information


Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Board Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist

Lipscomb UniversityBA 1984The University of TennesseeJ.D. 1987
Tennessee Association for JusticeTennessee Bar AssociationNashville Bar AssociationAmerican Association for Justice

Case History

Laurent v. Old Harding Pediatrics, et al — 5 million dollar verdict following a jury trial involving death of 2 year old  Undiagnosed Infection following tick bite.
Summerville v. Payne, et al

Total 2.9 million dollar verdict following trial in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, for injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  Reportedly, the largest verdict in Rutherford County for a car wreck.



Donathan v. Southern Tennessee Medical Center — Daniel Clayton assisted Randall Kinnard in this federal court trial in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  A 22,600,000.00 verdict was obtained on behalf of the Donathans in a medical malpractice action.

Office Location

127 Woodmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37205
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Nashville Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Nashville Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Nashville Metro Area
Daniel L. Clayton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Daniel L. Clayton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Daniel L. Clayton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male