Charles C. “Chuck” Clay is of counsel in our Atlanta office, with large civil litigation and class action defense practices. He also specializes in government relations and working on behalf of clients to advocate for legislative improvements on the national, state and local levels.
Mr. Clay joined HBS after a long career in public service in the Georgia State Senate, where he represented the 37th District for six terms and served as Senate Republican Leader.
In 1999, Mr. Clay became the first person from Cobb County to be elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia, leading the GOP’s efforts in the Peach State during George W. Bush’s successful campaign for president.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Clay was an Assistant District Attorney for Cobb County. He was also the first Republican elected to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners from the Western District, a distinction earned in 1986 when he won that office.
Mr. Clay received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Georgia Bar, which is its highest award for public service. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from The Georgia Middle School Association, and the Outstanding Legislator Award from The Georgia Council on Aging and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.
A graduate of Leadership Cobb and Leadership Georgia, Mr. Clay serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aviation Museum and Discovery Center in Marietta, Board Member of the public interest law center Georgia Appleseed Foundation, Member Board of Trustees of the Kennesaw State University and a former Director and Organizer of Vinings Bank.
Mr. Clay earned a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law and he completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Clay and his wife Sara, who is also an attorney, have five children. They live in Marietta where the Clay family tree traces back several generations. A statue of his great-grandfather, U.S. Senator Alexander Stephens Clay, stands in the Marietta Square.
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D., University of Georgia School of Law
Distinguished Service Award, The Georgia Middle School Association
Outstanding Legislator Award, The Georgia Council on Aging
Outstanding Legislator Award, Association County Commissioners of Georgia
Distinguished Public Service Award, State Bar of Georgia
Martindale Hubbell AV rating
Georgia Trend's "Most Influential"
James Magazine's "Most Influential"
Board Member, Northwest Georgia Law Enforcement Academy
Member, Georgia Child Support Commission
Chairman, Republican Party of Georgia (1999-2001)
Former Board Member, University of Georgia Law School Alumni Association
Former Board Member, Common Cause Georgia
Board Member, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Member Board of Trustees, Kennesaw State University
Director and organizer, Vinings Bank