Clayton Tartt is a partner for Parkman White, LLP with extensive trial and litigation experience. Mr. Tartt focused his entire law school experience around his interest in Criminal Law. Straight out of law school he immediately began working for clients facing some of the most difficult and serious challenges in their lives.
Mr. Tartt, born in Livingston, Alabama, graduated Cum Laude from the University of West Alabama with a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science. Mr. Tartt then graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, in the top 25% of his class.
While in law school, Mr. Tartt worked with the Georgia Innocence Project in Atlanta, helping inmates seeking post-conviction DNA testing in Alabama while also lobbying for reform of post-conviction procedures in Alabama. He also worked for the Federal Defenders for the Middle District of Alabama, where he did research and investigative work for federal criminal trials and helped draft capital habeas petitions for inmates sentenced to death row in Alabama. Mr. Tartt was a Senior Editor of the Jones Law Review, competed on four regional and national Moot Court competitions, was a member of the Executive Council of the Board of Advocates and was a 3L Senator to the Student Bar Association. Mr. Tartt also established and was the President of the Jones Public Interest Legal Foundation which raised awareness and money for law students who volunteered their summers in the non-profit public interest sector.
After passing the bar, Mr. Tartt began his legal career with Copeland, Franco, Screws, & Gill of Montgomery. The firm was part of Milton McGregor’s defense team in the high profile Alabama bingo corruption trial. Mr. Tartt was responsible for marshaling voluminous discovery, conducting general research, trial planning, and exhibit preparation. After nearly two years and two lengthy trials, the case resulted in the acquittal of his client.
Since joining Parkman and White, Mr. Tartt has worked on criminal, family law, and civil litigation cases. Whether in state or federal court, he has continued to strive to provide his clients with zealous and vigorous representation in a variety of context. His experience allows him to work for the best interest of his clients whether that is guiding them through an investigation, negotiating a resolution before an indictment, working for the best possible plea, going to trial or fighting through the appellate process. He fights for his clients through every step of the process.
- Procedure Trumps Justice: Judicial Inactivism in Alabama and its Unjust Result, 13 JONES L. REV. 127 (Spring 2009).
- Administration of Justice or the Preservation of Political Office: The Unconstitutionality of the Judicial Override in Alabama Death Penalty Cases, 1 Faulkner L. Rev. 151 (Fall 2010).
- University of West Alabama Emerging Leader Award 2011
- Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award 2010
- Public Interest Fellow, Jones School of Law
- Best Advocate in Preliminary and Final Rounds, American College of Trial Lawyers National Moot Court Competition, Region Seven and won the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award, Regional Champions in 2009
- Received Advocate Awards at the National Finals of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition 2009; St. Louis Regional of the NAAC 2009; and D.C. Regional of the NAAC 2010.
- Best Advocate Award; Jones 1L Moot Court Tournament 2008
- Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- American Inns of Court, Birmingham Chapter
- Birmingham Bar Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers