Clayton LaForge is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. LaForge concentrates his practice on complex trial and appellate matters, securities litigation, and white collar investigations. He has represented financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, sporting, and auditing clients in federal and state courts, and during investigations by the United States Congress, the Securities & Exchange Commission, and the Public Company Accounting and Oversight Board. His trial experience includes successful representation of a biotechnology company in a securities class action and a Washington D.C. tenants’ association in a housing dispute. Mr. LaForge has also successfully represented several families seeking reunification through advocacy in federal courts and administrative hearings.

Mr. LaForge joined Latham following clerkships in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He is a former White House and presidential campaign staffer and has interned in the Clerk’s Office of the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

The American Bar Association’s Litigation Section has named Mr. LaForge a Young Lawyer Leader. He serves on the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System as the young-lawyer liaison. He was also appointed to the Federal Bar Association’s Government Relations Committee and is a past member of the its National Council, serving as the national chair of the Law Student Division.

Mr. LaForge serves on the University of Richmond School of Law’s Alumni Board. He graduated from the University of Richmond with honors as a John Marshall Scholar and a member of the Richmond Law Review. As an undergraduate at Emory University, he was a member of Emory University’s varsity baseball team.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • JD, University of Richmond School of Law, 2012
    cum laude, John Marshall Scholar
  • BA, Emory University, 2007