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About me

     Most people know me as "Drew Clayton." I have had the good fortune of practicing law in a legal arena that is both interesting and challenging.  For several years before I became an attorney in 1987, I worked in mutual fund marketing for Oppenheimer in New York City and as a retail stock broker for L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin and Smith Barney.  That experience has proven to be invaluable in my representation of people who have disputes with their brokerage firms because it has provided me with an insight into the securities business that few attorneys have.


     In addition, I have been lucky enough during the course of my career to deal with complex commercial litigation issues in state, federal, and bankruptcy court.  That breadth of experience has enabled me to represent clients in a wide variety of business-related disputes as well.


     I practiced law in New Jersey and New York for five years before moving to Florida in 1992. 



Practice areas


  1. Investment Fraud: 50%
    24 years, 500 cases
  2. Litigation: 45%
    29 years, 400 cases
  3. Mediation: 5%
    15 years, 25 cases

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  • Gerald F. O'Brien

    I highly endorse this lawyer. Drew is a detail oriented, highly skilled litigator whose ethics are above reproach.


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  • Laurie S. Zimmerman

    I endorse Andrew Clayton. Drew is a very hardworking attorney who has exceptional knowledge of both procedural and substantive law.


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Contact info

Johnson Browning & Clayton
1 N Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, Florida, 342376327


FLMember in Good Standing198806/17/2016
NYCurrently registered 198703/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Florida Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
Florida Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Florida Super LawyersThomsen Reuters2013
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Professionalism awardJudge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court2012
Florida Super LawyersThomson Reuters2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Clayton Law Firm, P.A.1996 - Present
MajorUnited States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps1989 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sarasota County Bar AssociationDirector2013 - Present
American Inns of CourtFlorida Steering Committee2012 - Present
University Place Community Development DistrictSupervisor2008 - Present
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtPresident 2010-20111993 - Present
Sarasota Transitional Housing CommitteeChairman2008 - 2010
Sarasota Human Services Advisory CouncilMember2003 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bellehumeur v. A.G. Edwards, et al.$1.2 million plus attorney fees
I.L. and F.L. v. Shields & Co., Inc., et al.$1.36 million award
Karen Rushing, Clerk of Court and Comptroller of Sarasota County v. Wells Fargo, N.A. as successor to Wachovia Bank, N.A.Settled for $23.75 million
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Seton Hall UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Washington and Lee UniversityJournalismN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Understanding Finance - It's More than Money Financial SeriesHot Button Issues in Investment Disputes2010
Charlotte Estate Planning CouncilCurrent Issues in Investment Disputes2010
Venice Estate PlannersCurrent topics in investment-related disputes2009
Sarasota Estate PlannersCurrent topics in investment-related disputes2009
PIABA Annual meetingDuties after the sale2009