D. Clayton


Clay Howell advises real estate sponsors and institutional investors on matters related to investments in commercial real estate projects, including construction, financing, equity formation, sales, and programmatic joint ventures and platforms.

With more than 15 years of extensive experience, Clay has developed a thorough understanding of the commercial real estate landscape to guide clients in various acquisition, development, disposition, and debt and equity transactions ranging from $200 million to $2 billion.

Clay also devotes significant time to counseling large developers in complex, urban developments involving the multifamily, office, retail, industrial, hospitality and senior-living sectors throughout the United States.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of real estate (2008-2013, 2015-2016)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of real estate (2007-2010, 2013-2014, 2016)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate (2013-2014, 2016-2017)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2012-2016)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2006-2007, 2009-2011)

Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, Articles Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • B.A., Davidson College
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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