Drew Clayton

Shareholder | At Icard Merrill Since 2016

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Admitted:
New Jersey, 1987
New York, 1987
Florida, 1988

Background and Experience

Mr. Clayton worked in the securities industry in mutual fund marketing and as a registered representative in New York and New Jersey for five years before he became an attorney. He held a number of securities and insurance licenses as a result of that work. He was also the vice president of operations for a New York based company that drilled oil and gas wells for investment partnerships in various states throughout the United States in the mid-1980s.

Prior to joining Icard Merrill in 2016, Mr. Clayton was the founder and owner of The Clayton Law Firm, P.A. in Sarasota, Florida for 20 years. Before that, he worked for highly-regarded law firms in Florida and New Jersey. Throughout his many years of practice, Mr. Clayton has been engaged in securities and business-related litigation and arbitration.

Education

  • Washington & Lee University (1978-1980)
  • Seton Hall University (B.A., 1981)

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1987)

 

Court Admissions

  • New Jersey State Courts, 1987
  • New York State Courts, 1987
  • Florida State Courts, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of Florida, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2014

 

Professional Distinctions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2012 to present)
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine (2013-2014)
  • Professionalism Award, Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, 2012
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator (Since 2001) 

Professional Affiliations

  • President, Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, 2010-2011
  • Member, Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, 1993-2013
  • Director, Sarasota County Bar Association, 2013-present (current treasurer)
  • Public Investors Bar Association, 1992-present

Publications and Presentations

  • Understanding Finance - It's More than Money Financial Series (webinar), Hot Button Issues in Investment Disputes, 2010
  • Charlotte Estate Planning Council- Current Issues in Investment Disputes, 2010
  • Venice Estate Planners - Current topics in investment-related disputes, 2009
  • Sarasota Estate Planners - Current topics in investment-related disputes, 2009
  • PIABA Annual meeting - Duties after the sale, 2009

Community Involvement

  • Major, United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1989-2003
  • President, The Players Theater, Sarasota 1998-2003
  • Founding Scoutmaster, Troop 895, Sarasota, FL 1995-1998
  • Member, Sarasota County Human Services Advisory Council, 2003-2007
  • Chairman, Sarasota Transitional Housing Committee, 2008-2010
  • Supervisor, University Place Community Development District, 2008-2011
  • Treasurer, Sarasota Westwind Flyers, Inc. flying club, 2015 - present
  • President, Sherwood Forest Homeowners Association, 2016 - present