criminal defense attorney atlanta ga

Carter Clayton has been practicing criminal defense law in the Atlanta area for more than 10 years. He is an aggressive litigator and hard working advocate who strives to deliver the best outcomes possible for his clients. Mr. Clayton practices primarily in Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb, and Clayton Counties and Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Carter Clayton graduated from the University of Georgia Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. A double dawg, he also attended law school at The University of Georgia where he graduated Cum Laude. While in Law School he interned with the Georgia Innocence Project and the Athens/Clarke County Public Defender, and was awarded an Equal Justice Foundation Fellowship.

Carter is admitted to practice in all Georgia Superior and State Courts, The Georgia Court of Appeals, The Georgia Supreme Court, The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Carter is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Cobb County Bar Association, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

In his spare time, Carter trains Brazillian JiuJitsu and submission grappling under veteran MMA fighter, Roan "Jucao" Carniero at American Top Team Atlanta. His training has given him the opportunity to spar with some of the most elite combat athletes in the world. He relishes the opportunity to challenge himself even when outmatched by bigger, stronger and more skilled opponents. He brings that same competitiveness and "never back down" attitude to his practice of law.

Carter was born in and raised in Marietta, Georgia. His first job in high school was at his father, Wallace "Wally" Clayton's law office on Bankhead/Veteran's Memorial Highway in Austell. Wally was known as one of the fiercest and cagiest criminal defense attorneys in the region. He was dedicated to defending the rights of his clients no matter what they were charged with or how bad their cases looked. That dedication inspired Carter to follow in his father's footsteps. Wally passed away in 2010 and Carter considered it the greatest honor of his life when Wally asked him to take over his cases after he got too sick to go to court.