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Named Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" Nashville-Medical Malpractice again in 2015.  Daniel also received the award in 2012. 

In October 2014, Nashville jury awarded $5,000,000.00 on behalf of Daniel Clayton's client following a two week medical malpractice trial in Nashville, Tennessee.

In June 2014, a Murfreesboro jury awarded nearly $3,000,000.00 in a car wreck case in which Daniel Clayton's client was injured.  The award is reportedly the largest car crash verdict in Rutherford County history.


Also, selected to The Nashville Post's Top 101 Lawyers in Nashville. Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist, a Medical Malpractice Specialist, and Civil Pre-Trial Procedure. Only a few attorneys in the state of Tennessee hold all 3 certifications. I am included in Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability) as well as Mid-South Super Lawyers list featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. I am often asked to speak on the subject of trial practice. I have given presentations across the state of Tennessee not only to other attorneys, but also to judges. I have tried cases in Alabama, Kentucky and across the state of Tennessee. I have represented clients in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, Illinois and Florida.

I served as the President of the Tennessee Association for Justice. Other memberships include: the Board of Governors for the Tennessee Association for Justice, the Medical/Legal Committee for the Nashville Bar Association and is a member of the American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Circle of Advocates and the Nashville Bar Foundation. I was selected as a Senior Counsel member of the American College of Barristers. The status of Senior Counsel is a distinction honoring the skill and experience as a trial lawyer as well as demonstrated commitment to promoting excellence in the art of trial advocacy.

I graduated from Lipscomb University (B.A. 1984) and the University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D. 1987). While in law school, I was a national semifinalist member of the National Trial Moot Court Team. I was also a recipient of the Supreme Court Justice, Lewis Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy. I am a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the legal community. I have an AV-Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which identifies lawyers demonstrating the highest professional and ethical standards.

Giving back to the community is an important part of my life. In 1994, I was elected to the Franklin Special School District Board of Education. I served as the treasurer of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education from 1994-1997. During my tenure, the Franklin Special School District received the Tennessee School Board of the Year Award from the Tennessee School Board Association. My faith is an important part of my life.  I am an active member of my church, and served as a team leader for our recent mission trip to Jamiaca. My wife and I are members of the Williamson County Foster Parent Association. During the past 18 years, we have served as foster parents to over 25 children including special needs and disabled children. We actively support Gracework Ministries, Mercy Children's Medical Clinic and Faith Family Medical Clinic. I have served as a Youth Basketball Coach for 12 years with the YMCA, Williamson County Recreational League and Grassland Athletic Association. 

I have handled numerous high-profile cases that have received local and national media attention including the death in an automobile wreck of the world's most decorated aerobatic pilot (whose planes are on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.); the wrongful death of a woman after the car she was driving was hit in the rear-end by a tractor-trailer, causing the car to burst into flames; the permanently disabling injuries a man received when a deck collapsed because of improper construction, causing him to fall 20 feet; the death of a well-known pharmacist after his CT scans were misread and severe injuries a lady received after pure 99.9% acetic acid, instead of a 4% solution, was used on her during a gynecologic procedure. I have successfully handled multiple brain injury cases including birth trauma injuries. Randy Kinnard and I obtained a verdict of over 22 million dollars in a medical malpractice case in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

My areas of practice include catastrophic and personal injury, automobile and tractor trailer litigation, wrongful death, medical negligence, and product liability. For more information regarding Board Certification, please visit and


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 55%
  2. Car Accident: 45%



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  • John David Drake

    Daniel Clayton is one of the finest attorneys in our area. Dan is a brilliant litigator who produces results. Dan's knowledge of medical malpractice is without equal in Tennessee. I had the pleasure of meeting Dan in law school and we have remained friends since.


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Kinnard Clayton & Beveridge

127 Woodmont Blvd
Nashville, TN, 37205-2240


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year - Medical Malpractice - NashvilleBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 50 Lawyers in NashvilleMid-South Super Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Mid-South Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Top 100 Lawyers in TennesseeNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Best Lawyer Personal Injury, Medical MalpracticeBest Lawyers in America;2013
Lawyer of the Year - Medical Malpractice - NashvilleBest Lawyers2012
Top 101 Lawyers in NashvilleNashville Post2011
Certified Medical Malpractice SpecialistAmerican Board of Professional Liability Attorneys2006
Certified Civil Trial SpecialistNational Board of Trial Advocacy1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKinnard Clayton & Beveridge1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
American College of BarristersSenior Counsel2003 - Present
American Board of Professional Liability AttorneysMemberN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Nashville Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Nashville Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tennessee Board of Professional ResponsibilityHearing OfficerN/A
Tennessee Association for JusticeBoard of GovernorsN/A
Tennessee Association for JusticePast President2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Laurent v. Old Harding Pediatrics5 million dollar verdict
Car Wreck1,960,000.00
22 Million Dollar Verdict - Quadraplegia22 Million Dollar Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
The TennesseanThe Truth About Tennessee's Civil Justice System2011
The TennesseanState's malpractice awards are fair, reasonable2011
The Tennessee Trial LawyerDid Somebody Say Appeal?2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Lipscomb UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Update on Tennessee LawHot Topics In Medical MalpracticeN/A
Tennessee Judicial Conference Annual ConventionHIPPA - New Regulations Impacting the Practice of lawN/A
Tennessee Attorneys Memo -Tort Law Update - The Most Important Cases of the YearN/A
Tennessee Attorneys MemoThe Law of Subrogation in TennesseeN/A
Tennessee Attorney Memo ConferenceThe Essential Elements of Handling the Automobile Collision CaseN/A
Tennessee Association for Justice Annual ConventionWinning Ways of Master Trial Lawyers: Walking the Walk - Talking the TalkN/A
Tennessee Association for JusticeEffectively Handling Medical Malpractice Cases in TennesseeN/A
Tennessee Association for JusticePlanting the Seed - Effective Use of Voir DireN/A
Tennessee Association for JusticeStandard of Review on AppealN/A
Tennessee Association for JusticeBreaking the Chains that Lead to DefeatN/A
Tennessee Associaiton for Justice ConferenceTrial Strategies for a Changing WorldN/A
Nursing Home LitigationIntroduction to Nursing Home LitigationN/A
Medical MalpracticeMedical Malpractice - Staying up with the New Medical Malpractice LawN/A
Annual ConventionSeven Steps Followed by Highly Effective Legal Nurse ConsultantsN/A
American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys Annual ConferenceThree Important Aspects of Voir DireN/A