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Criminal Defense

As a former Deputy District Attorney and Deputy Public Defender, I have handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from infractions and misdemeanors to three-strikes cases and other serious/violent felonies, including serious sex crimes. I am also an experienced DUI and domestic violence defense attorney. I have assisted clients in drug court, domestic violence court, and veterans court. I also help clients address post-conviction issues, including violations of probation, appeals, and expungements. In the spirit of my prior public service, I also consider taking on "low-bono" cases already headed for trial.

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Civil Litigation

As a former corporate litigator at a prestigious "big law" firm, I helped large corporations battle other corporations. I now apply these same skills to help small- and medium-size businesses to resolve disputes with other businesses prior to a lawsuit or to litigate all the way through trial, if necessary. I also use these same skills to help individuals resolve disputes with and fight injustices against businesses that have taken advantage of them.


Personal Injury & Civil Rights

I am an experienced personal injury attorney who has helped others obtain full value for injuries caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of others, including from serious collisions (car, truck, train, and bus), medical malpractice, excessive force and police brutality by law enforcement and other serious misconduct, wrongful death, elder abuse, and other cases in which a person has been injured or has died due to the fault, negligence, or misconduct of others.



I am a former Deputy District Attorney and Deputy Public Defender who has litigated thousands of cases, including misdemeanors and felonies. My background includes adult and juvenile cases, as well as serious and violent felonies, including sex crimes, and three-strikes cases. With these experiences, I know the criminal justice system from the inside.

I am also an experienced civil litigator with a litigation background at a "big law" firm. I later switched sides to sue corporations and other entities or persons (including insurance companies, police departments, governments, physicians, and others) on behalf of individuals to obtain justice for my clients. I have seen how corporations and the government fight to protect their interests, and I use those same skills to protect individuals against the injustices inflicted upon them. 

I am a member of several prestigious trial and attorney organizations. I am admitted in all state and federal courts in California. I graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with top honors from college. I later earned my MBA/JD from UCLA. I also have a graduate degree from USC.


Client Testimonials
"Clayton is one phenomenal attorney! He is ABSOLUTELY THE BEST! . . . He was VERY EXPERIENCED. He asked all the right questions to get to know me as an individual in efforts to allow him to defend me properly. . . . Any time of the day as long as he was available, he responded back when I had a question of concern or needed advice. . . . He looked for avenues seeking the best deal possible for me . . . I was able to walk away from what should’ve been a FELONY-hands down. . . but was plead out as a MISDEMEANOR. I am truly thankful that I followed my first mind and chose Clayton to be my attorney with this case!"

"My biggest compliment is Clayton's experience, knowledge, approach to issues, Intelligence & honesty. On a personal level I felt secure being represented by him. No matter what time/day he was always reachable & responded quickly to counsel or give advice, which is priceless when facing legal issues and emotions are high. He was firm and persistent, but most of all his service was above and beyond with passion and dedication. We were able to resolve matters fairly. Thank you Clayton"

"Thank you Clayton. You have helped me tremendously with my case. Your time and effort didn't go unnoticed. Through every step of the way you were always thorough and made sure I understood what exactly was going on. 10/10 I will recommend you to anyone for your great service."

Select Criminal Case Results
Felony DUI -- REDUCED to Misdemeanor with Electronic Monitoring
Felony Drug Possession for Sales and Possession of Firearm -- DISMISSED
Felony Lewd Act Involving a Minor -- NO CHARGES FILED
Multi-Count Felony and Misdemeanor Case -- REDUCED TO A SINGLE MISDEMEANOR
Felony Domestic Violence -- NO CHARGES FILED
Misdemeanor Driving Without A License --

Select Civil Case Results
Nursing Program Application With Licensing Implications -- FULLY RESOLVED
Contract Litigation Dispute -- RESOLVED AMICABLY Between the Parties
Civil Harassment Restraining Order Petition -- DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE





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1300 Clay Street, Suite 685

Oakland, CA 94612

Tel: (408) 418-6403

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Northern California Counties Served: Alameda, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Solano, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Yolo, Sutter, Stanislaus, Butte, Tehama, and others.

Southern California Counties Served: Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and others.

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