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Darrell Clay is a partner with Walter | Haverfield LLP, where he chairs the firm's Antitrust and Unfair Trade Practices and Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy practice groups, and is Vice-Chair of the Litigation Group. He is the 2017-2018 president of the CMBA and has been a CMBA member since 1997.

Darrell is also a pilot and, in his spare time, he volunteers for Angel Flight, donating his time and airplane to fly persons in need of medical attention to destinations throughout the Midwest.



Darrell's Bar Journal Columns

December 2017 - On The Mission of Hot Talks

"No one would choose to have sex with six to 20 men a night, especially a kid.” As a parent, these words struck me like a dagger to the heart. They were shared during our November Hot Talk, which focused on the subject of human trafficking. Theresa Flores, one of our panelists that day, was telling the audience her own compelling, yet gut-wrenching, story. ... Hot Talks are an essential prong of our ten-year strategic vision, which posits that our association will serve as a community convener on issues impacting all of us.


November 2017 - On Taking a Stand in Favor of Workplace Equality

Recent events in the news have underscored the unfortunate, but seemingly inescapable, truth that discrimination persists in many forms in our community. As someone who is not in any protected class, I can’t claim to know what it’s like to be denied an opportunity — educational, vocational, or social — because of gender, race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

October 2017 - On Wellness, The Legal Profession, and Movember

In August 2017, the ABA’s National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being issued its report on wellness in the legal profession. Entitled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” the report sounded a cautionary note that although most lawyers and law students do not suffer from either a mental health or substance use disorder, this “does not mean that they’re thriving.”

September 2017 - Survey Says

At CMBA’s 10th Annual Meeting in June, I tried to jazz up my remarks by incorporating technology in the form of a real-time audience survey. I asked the question, “Name something you’d like CMBA to offer during the next 12 months.” Answers were submitted by text message and were to display in a world cloud behind me

July/August 2017 - On Becoming President... Remarks of Darrell Clay at the 10th Annual Meeting of CMBA

Conventional wisdom says to consider starting a speech with a joke to lighten things with the audience. That’s never worked for me. Instead, I had planned to celebrate the Cavs’ throttling of the Warriors. After last night’s miserable performance, that became a terrible idea. But then I recalled seeing a license plate that summed up how I felt about the Cavs’ performance: LLWLWWW.