Taj Clayton is a litigation partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Taj practices in both federal and state court, focusing on complex business, mass tort, and intellectual property litigation. He has successfully represented clients such as healthcare and financial institutions, automotive manufacturers, consumer products brands and entertainment companies.

He represents corporate clients in a wide range of complex litigation practice areas, from products liability and antitrust to patent and other types of intellectual property matters. Super Lawyers honored him as a “Texas Rising Star” and the Dallas Business Journal named him to its “40 Under 40.”

Taj was previously chair of Winston & Strawn’s Domestic ADR group, and before that served as principal in the Dallas office of another international firm and as law clerk to Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Prior to practicing law, Taj began his career in sports in the Management Council of the National Football League. Later, he worked as a consultant at ICG Commerce, an e-procurement consulting firm.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Lawyers,” State Bar of Texas, Business Disputes course book, September 2014

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “General and Patent Counsel Panel, What Keeps You Up at Night?”, Daily Journal Patent Disputes Forum, April 2018

“The Changing Face of America,” Dallas StartUp Week, March 5, 2015

Panelist, “The Future of Patent Law: Understanding the Challenges Ahead,” 11th Annual Symposium on Emerging IP Issues: The Supreme Court and IP Law, October 2014

“Social Media and the Practice of Law,” Business Disputes 2014, September 2014


Named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2021

Named to “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine, 2018

Featured in multiple editions of “Who’s Who in Black Dallas”

Named a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award, 2016

Named an honoree for the 2016 Minority Business Leader Awards by the Dallas Business Journal, 2016

Named a “Texas Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2010, 2014 and 2015

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow, 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Board

Member, Coalition of Black Excellence National Advisory Board

Member, Girls Inc. National Board of Directors

Taj is active in his community, serving on nonprofit boards, including as:

  • Member, The Hockaday School Board
  • Member, President’s Advisory Board for UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Former Member, Boards of Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Chamber Music Society and Launchability


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2005
    General Editor, Harvard Blackletter Law Journal and Journal on Legislation
  • Harvard UniversityB.A., Historycum laude1999