Clayton F. Farrell

02/29/2020
Clayton F. Farrell
Attorney

Clayton F. Farrell

Attorney

Clayton F. Farrell

Summary

Clay’s practice concentrates on multi-party, complex litigation, including litigation in the areas of environmental torts, product liability, toxic torts, and emerging claims. His trial experience spans over four decades and includes trying approximately 100 cases to verdict. He serves as national coordinating counsel for a number of corporate clients and has served as a director on the board and as an officer of a lawyer’s professional liability insurer. Clay was a founding member of the Asbestos Trust Fund Services (ATFS) Group which was organized to provide counsel and guidance in the interpretation and implementation of the asbestos bodily injury claims process under the national Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution, (FAIR) Act. He is a founding member of the Asbestos Liability Risk Analysis (ALRA) Group, a team of highly experienced defense lawyers who have represented international, national, regional, and local defendants in asbestos litigation in every major jurisdiction in the United States for over 30 years.

Practice Areas
Asbestos/Toxic Tort
Product Liability
Environmental & Emerging Claims
Fire and Explosion Litigation

Credentials

Education
  • University of Detroit (B.A. 1970, J.D. 1973)
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Professional Activities
  • Asbestos Trust Fund Services Group (Founding Member)
  • Asbestos Liability Risk Analysis Group (Founding Member)
  • American Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section
    • Law Practice Management Section
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Negligence Section
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Industry Wide Litigation Committee
  • Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Oakland County Bar Association
Accomplishments
  • Best Lawyers of America®  “Lawyer of the Year”
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2022, 2024)
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2010-2024)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Class Action & Mass Torts (2009-2018)
    • Personal Injury Products – Defendants (2019-2023)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Product Liability (2015-2018, 2023, 2024)
    • Environmental Law – General Practice (2010)
  • “Leaders in the Law” Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2011)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated (5.0 out of 5.0)
Publications & Speaking Engagements

Clay has lectured on trial practice, legal malpractice and asbestos litigation.

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