Clay received his undergraduate training at the University of Virginia and his legal training at the William & Mary Law School, where he served on the Law Review. Since joining AquaLaw, he has been actively involved in the firm’s full range of regulatory, permitting, legislative, and litigation activities on behalf of our national municipal utility clients.
Clay has supported our State Associations and participated in a number of federal litigation matters involving the Clean Water Act, TSCA, and RCRA issues as well as state litigation matters involving Virginia’s State Water Control Law and regulations. He is a key member of the firm’s PFAS Litigation efforts, working with clients to identify and file PFAS-contamination claims by water and wastewater utilities against PFAS manufacturers. He is also supporting the firm’s efforts to require national flushable and non-flushable wipe manufacturers/distributors to ensure their products meet the national municipal flushability standard and that non-flushable products are effectively labeled.
At William & Mary Law School, Clay concentrated in environmental law with an array of courses covering complex environmental statutes and regulations of significant interest to AquaLaw clients, including the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, CERCLA, and the Endangered Species Act.
Clay’s law school experience included working for a federal magistrate judge at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He also interned at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Water Permitting Division, working on inspection, compliance, and enforcement issues. Additionally, Clay spent time working with the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic during law school.
J.D. with an Environmental Law Concentration, William & Mary Law School, cum laude, 2021
Law Review: William & Mary Law Review, Articles Editor
Student Environmental & Animal Law Society, Secretary
Phi Delta Phi International Honor Society, Member
B.A., Environmental Thought and Practice, University of Virginia, With Distinction, 2018
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia