honors + affiliations
Member, INTA Panel of Neutrals
Board of Directors, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2002-2005
Co-Chair, 2001 INTA Annual Meeting
Listed, An International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers (2002–present)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2012), Advertising, Copyright, Trademark Law and IP Litigation
Listed, PLC Cross-border Handbooks - IP&IT: Intellectual Property (2006, 2007, & 2011)
Listed, World Trademark Review's Top 20 Trademark Practitioners in the United States (2007 & 2009)
Listed, American Lawyer Media's Legal Times, One of the 15 "Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property" in Washington, D.C.
Member, Advisory Board for Licensing Economics Review
General Counsel, Women in Military Service for America Memorial
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Member, Washington Program Advisory Board, Wake Forest University School of Law
Listed, "Top 800 Lawyers" (Bright Ideas), Washingtonian Magazine (2011)
Listed, "Leading Trademark Practitioner," World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2011–2013)
Recommended in the PLC IP in Business Transactions Multi‐Jurisdictional Guide (2012)
Listed, 9th edition of Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners
Listed, Legal Media Group's Life Sciences "Life Sciences Star" – Trademark (2012)
Listed, Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2013)
Recognized as an "IP Star" by Managing IP guide published by Euromoney's Legal Media Group (2013)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
Michael F. Clayton is the leader of Morgan Lewis's international Trademark and Copyright Practice, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Morgan Lewis is consistently ranked among the top U.S. firms for trademark/copyright counseling and transactional work in Managing Intellectual Property's "Annual World IP Survey," and has ranked as top firm for litigation. Mr. Clayton and his team of nearly 40 professionals have represented some of the world's leading corporations. His practice is focused on intellectual property transactional and litigation representations in trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising, and unfair competition matters.
Mr. Clayton was recently identified by World Trademark Review among the top 20 trademark practitioners in the United States and has been named one of the 15 "Leading Lawyers in Intellectual Property" in the Washington, D.C. region by American Lawyer Media's Legal Times. He has also been recognized by his peers in An International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers since the inaugural 2002 edition; included in The Best Lawyers in America in Advertising Law and Intellectual Property Law (2007–2011); and noted as a "Top Lawyer" by Washingtonian Magazine.
Mr. Clayton is currently a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Panel of Neutrals. He has served on the board of directors of the INTA and co-chaired the 2001 Annual Meeting of INTA. He also frequently lectures and writes on intellectual property topics.
The irony of this IP attorney's name being borrowed for a Hollywood blockbuster was not lost on the mainstream media. The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN's American Morning, the London Times, and even Inside Edition, interviewed Mr. Clayton in connection with the use of his name. The character “Michael Clayton” was played by George Clooney in the movie of the same name, which received seven Oscar nominations for the 2007 Academy Awards.
Although his growing international practice and his clients' needs often keep Mr. Clayton on the road, he remains committed to his community. Mr. Clayton was the first-ever recipient of the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill endowment for the Lecturer in Law post at the University of Virginia. In that capacity, he was the first to teach "Principles and Practice: Regulation of the Competitive Process (Intellectual Property)" at the school. He serves, in a pro bono capacity, as general counsel to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial—which will celebrate its 15th Anniversary in the fall of 2012.
Mr. Clayton is a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Dillard Fellow, and is a 1977 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wake Forest University.
Mr. Clayton is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- University of Virginia School of Law, 1980, J.D.
- Wake Forest University, 1977, B.A.