D. Christian Claytor


D. Christian Claytor is the founder of Claytor Law Group. Mr. Claytor concentrates his practice on business/corporate transactions and estate planning.

Mr. Claytor advises businesses in all aspects of business/corporate law, including:Christian Claytor

  • Entity selection and formation
  • Corporate governance
  • Material contract preparation, review, and negotiation
  • Employment counseling
  • Financing
  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Real estate (sales, acquisitions, and leasing)
  • Business succession planning (buy/sell agreements)
  • Dissolution and wind down

Mr. Claytor also counsels individuals in the area of estate planning, with particular emphasis on the preparation and administration of living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Claytor was the managing shareholder of Foley McIntosh Frey & Claytor in Lafayette, California. Prior thereto, Mr. Claytor practiced law at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in both its San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. While at Orrick, Mr. Claytor was a member of the firm’s corporate and securities group, and focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings, and general corporate governance.

Mr. Claytor received his Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society. Mr. Claytor also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Associate Justice Ming W. Chin of the Supreme Court of California, and was a summer associate for the San Francisco office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

Mr. Claytor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. While at U.C. Berkeley, Mr. Claytor was a member of the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. Mr. Claytor’s athletic/academic achievements included serving as the Team Captain, being named National Collegiate Athletic Association First Team Academic All-American for three (3) years, being named Pacific Ten Conference First Team Academic All-American for three (3) years, and participating in the 1996 United States Olympic Swimming Trials.

Mr. Claytor is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Mr. Claytor is an ambassador with the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce and is a member of BNI. His non-professional interests include: swimming, travel, snow skiing, wake boarding, scuba diving, and cycling.