Taj Clayton is a litigation partner in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis. He has been described as an “immensely talented” lawyer “who combines intellectual firepower and high emotional intelligence.” He has successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, major sports franchises, private equity firms, billionaires, and A-list celebrities in matters around the country. His complex litigation practice is remarkably diverse with litigation and trial experience including products liability, mass tort, antitrust, breach of contract, and a wide range of intellectual property matters.

Taj has merited national recognition. He was named in Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial in 2023 and 2024. Lawdragon recognized him in 2021–2023 as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Savoy named him one of the “Most Influential Black Lawyers” in 2022 and Benchmark Litigation honored him as a Future Star in 2021–2024. D Magazine recognized him as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” and Dallas Business Journal named him to its “40 Under 40.” 

Taj is also a widely-respected business leader. He served on the board of Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) and as an Executive Advisor to New Mountain Capital. He is an active civic leader engaged in international, national, and local nonprofit organizations. Prior to practicing law, Taj began his career in sports working for the National Football League.


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 in Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial, 2023–2024

Selected to Lawdragon's “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” 2021–2023

Named to “Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy, 2022  

Named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2021–2024

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

Taj is active nationally, internationally, and locally, serving on nonprofit boards including:

  • Member, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Board of Directors
  • Member, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Board
  • Member, Coalition of Black Excellence National Advisory Board
  • Member, Girls Inc. National Board of Directors
  • Member, Harvard Club of Dallas Board
  • Member, SMU Tate Lecture Series Board
  • Member, The Hockaday School Board
  • Member, President’s Advisory Board for UT Southwestern Medical Center


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