Clayton was born in Philomath, Oregon, and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. He attended college at Oregon State University, graduating in 2007 with a B.S. in Business with an MIS concentration and a minor in economics.
Clayton attended the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. During the summer, he volunteered at the Benton County District Attorney's office. This gave him the opportunity to perform extensive trial preparation and perfect his legal research and writing skills. He graduated with a Certificate in Sports Law in 2010 and was quickly admitted to the Oregon Bar.
In 2010, Clayton began clerking for the Honorable David B. Connell at the Benton County Circuit Court, while also working at Legal Aid Services of Oregon (Albany). At the Legal Aid office, he worked on a variety of housing law and family law matters, gaining experience with both trial and negotiation.
In 2012, he entered private practice at the Law Offices of Melinda
M. Brown in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He continued practicing housing and family law, and began preparing wills, trusts, estates and contracts. He also handled several criminal law cases. He performed extensive legal research, conducted negotiations and made countless court appearances.
Eugene Legal now welcomes Clayton as a full staff attorney. He specializes in Family Law, Landlord-Tenant Law and Estate Planning. In addition to his position with Eugene Legal, he is an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the Oregon Institute of Technology.