Steve Clay has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration disputes in Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America, serving as an advocate and as an arbitrator. He was recently selected to serve a three-year term as one of ten U.S. representatives on the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration (100 delegates worldwide). Mr. Clay also has trial and appellate experience in a broad range of business litigation matters, including contract and other commercial litigation, business tort actions, antitrust and patent infringement actions. Mr. Clay is a certified mediator with 35 years of experience in alternative dispute resolution. He has served as a mediator and as an advocate in mediating a wide variety of commercial disputes, is certified by the CPR International Institute and has 30 hours of mediation training.

Mr. Clay has served as co-counsel with prominent barristers from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and other countries. He also has worked closely with other leading international arbitration specialists throughout the world. Mr. Clay was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation in 2017 and each of the 16 years immediately preceding. He was also named a 2015 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Clay was recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for 2009. He was recognized for Commercial Litigation in the 2016 and the seven years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and in 2011, he was listed as a Senior Statesman for Commercial Litigation. Mr. Clay was named a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in the areas of Business Litigation, International and Antitrust Litigation Law in 2009 and again for Business Litigation Law in 2017 and the seven years immediately preceding. He has been named as one of Georgia Trend's 2012 "Legal Elite" for Appellate Law. In 2011, Mr. Clay was recognized for receiving the Anti-Defamation League's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he was recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a Georgia "Litigation Star" and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

2009 Class of Leadership Atlanta

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member

Georgia Appleseed Foundation, Board Chairman

University of Virginia, Adjunct professor of Ethics and Litigation (1999—2000)


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (1967)
  • Yale University, B.A. (1964)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia (1977)
  • Georgia (1970)
  • Pennsylvania (1968)

Who We Are

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A. Stephens Clay

Experience Highlights

Dispute with a joint venture partner in Mexico for DuPont
Represented DuPont in dispute with a joint venture partner in Mexico relative to DuPont's right to transfer its interests in an equity affiliate as more
DuPont Kabushiki Kaisha et al. vs. Toray Industries Inc.
Represented DuPont in a dispute with a joint venture partner in Japan relative to the right of DuPont to transfer its interests in an equity more
Global License, Development and Commercialization agreement for Biotest AG
Served as lead counsel in representing Biotest AG (Biotest), a German publicly traded biotechnology company, in signing a global License, Development more
Antitrust litigation for major Atlanta-based hospital
Represented major Atlanta hospital against another major Atlanta hospital in restraint of trade litigation. After substantial discovery and court’s more