The Tennessee Association for Justice recently named Daniel Clayton of Nashville, Tony Seaton of Johnson City, and Bryan Smith of Memphis recipients of the TAJ Paladin Award. A paladin is a determined advocate of a noble cause, and the award recognizes a Tennessee Association for Justice member from each grand division who demonstrated superior skills and achieved an outstanding result for a client against great obstacles. Recipients also worked tirelessly to combat the significant threats to the civil justice system.
“With so many special interest groups trying to take away the right to trial by jury, these three attorneys have gone above and beyond the call of duty to fight for civil justice,” stated TAJ Board Member and Paladin Awards Committee Chair Matt Hardin of Nashville. “I truly admire each attorney for their hard work and dedication to the Tennessee Association for Justice and the people of Tennessee.”
Daniel Clayton, of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge in Nashville, is a graduate of Lipscomb University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist, a Medical Malpractice Specialist, and a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy Specialist. Clayton is a past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice. In 2012, Clayton was named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Nashville in the area of Medical Malpractice. His practice areas include personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Tony Seaton has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and personal injury. As a native of East Tennessee and a graduate of both East Tennessee State University and The University of Memphis School of Law, he has dedicated his career to helping the folks of east Tennessee and surrounding areas. Tony is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Tony is a founding committee member of Access to Justice of the Washington County Bar Association, a pioneering effort to extend legal representation to those in need. Recently, he was appointed to the Access to Justice Commission by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Bryan Smith, of Morgan & Morgan in Memphis, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College Of Law and was admitted to practice law in 1996. His practice focuses on helping people put their lives back together who have suffered severe or fatal injuries at the hands of medical providers and nursing homes. He was named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Tennessee by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Bryan currently serves as president-elect for the Tennessee Association for Justice. He also serves as a board member for the Memphis Bar Association and the Community Legal Center, a non-profit organization that offers greatly discounted legal representation and mediation services to people of limited means in the Mid-South area.