Clayton A. Morton’s practice focuses on commercial, class action, and environmental litigation, and he represents clients in matters involving contractual disputes, consumer fraud, securities class actions, oil and gas litigation, and government investigations. Clayton works with a diverse group of clients, including oilfield services companies, investment banks, food and beverage companies, chemical companies, and a professional sports league. His active pro bono practice includes the representation of a criminal defendant in a civil rights action, a foreign national in a family law matter, and several nonprofits.
Represented an international oilfield services company in the multidistrict litigation in federal district court stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Defended a chemical company in a shareholder action challenging the fairness of a $22 billion merger.
Pursued an arbitration on behalf of a food and beverage client involving claims for fraudulent transfer and tortious interference with contractual relations.
Represented an oil and gas company in a fraud action stemming from an acquisition.
Defended a mining and milling company in a toxic tort case involving the alleged release of radionuclides.
Represented an investment bank in an expedited trial in bankruptcy court regarding a challenge to a material adverse change clause.
Defended a newspaper publishing company in a class action lawsuit involving wage and hour claims.
Pursued a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of participants in a section 457 retirement plan.
Represented a concrete block manufacturing company asserting claims for predatory pricing and business disparagement against a competitor.
Performed an internal investigation for a large banking client in response to a request from a government agency.
Defended a docket of mortgage cases for a banking client.
South Texas College of Law, 2006, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
Texas A&M University, 2002, B.S.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
Briefing Attorney to Justice Jane Bland of the Texas First Court of Appeals (2006 - 2007)
Awards and Affiliations
Rising Star, Litigation, Texas Super Lawyers (2017, 2018)