Mississippi Attorney


Clayton Burgess

Accident Lawyer Mississippi

Clayton Burgess is a licensed attorney in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia.

He opened his own practice in 1999. He is an impressive trial advocate as he has successfully tried and won numerous large dollar verdicts. He has been included on lists such as “America’s Premier Lawyers” and has received wide media coverage in reputed magazines such as Forbes and Newsweek. His success can be attributed to the tireless devotion to his work.


Clay Burgess handles a wide array of complex personal injury, wrongful death, admiralty, and employment litigations. He has considerable experience in appellate cases against large companies. He practices in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia. Apart from this, he also practices in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is known for his in-depth knowledge in the area of personal injury litigations.

Formerly, he served on the Board of Governors for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. Clay is also an esteemed member of organizations such as the State Bar of Louisiana, the State Bar of Texas, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Lafayette Bar Association. He is a highly sought after speaker on personal injury cases.


He attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He attended the Paul M. Herbert Law Center at Louisiana State University after receiving the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona.

Clay Burgess was semi-finalist in the Louisiana State University Flory Trial Competition during 1993-1994. He received his Juris Doctor in 1994.


Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D. – 1977
  • Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi
    • M.A. – 1974
  • Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi
    • B.A. – 1969

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Speaker: National Tort Litigation Seminars
  • Speaker: Fall Conference for the Court Administrators, Presentation to court administrators regarding discovery issues. , 2007
  • “Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients” , NBI, Inc., 2008
  • Speaker: “Maximizing the Claim” , The University of Mississippi , 2008

Honors and Awards

  • America’s Top 10 Lawyers, Weekly USA, 2001
  • One Who “Stood Out From the Crowd” Among the Country’s Million Lawyers Who Make a Difference
  • Trial Work On The First Jury Verdict Involving the Drug Propulsid, National Publication For Legal Professionals
  • Million Dollar Advocate, 1999 – 2013
  • The National Law Journal, “Largest Verdicts” Ranked Tenth in the Country in Trial Verdicts, 2001
  • AV rated attorney, the highest possible rating, for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers List, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mississippi Bar
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam, First Lieutenant, 1969 – 1971


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