Clay Allen (JD '10)
General Counsel for the Houston Rockets
Office: Houston, TX
Practice Area: Sports & Entertainment Law
At Baylor Law:
- Graduated in 2010
- PC Professor: Profs. Powell and Wren
- Fall Starter
- Undergraduate Institution: Trinity University
Clay Allen's Advice For Baylor Law Students:
"There's no secret formula for being successful in law school. Just do the obvious: prepare for class, keep up with your outlines, and study hard."
Get to Know Clay Allen:
Q: Why did you choose to apply to and attend Baylor Law?
A: I chose to attend Baylor Law because of the state-of-the-art facilities, the central Texas location, and the generous financial aid package.
Q: Why are you glad that you studied at Baylor Law?
A: True to reputation, Baylor gave me a head start to my legal career by providing me with the practical skills necessary for a new lawyer. I'm also grateful for the connections the law school, deans, and professors maintain with its alumni.
Q: What was your favorite class or who was your favorite professor at Baylor Law?
A: I particularly enjoyed Employment Law with Professor Wilson. Now that I am somewhat of a generalist as in-house counsel, the background I received in that class has been invaluable.
Q: What drew you to the law?
A: I began my post-undergraduate career in special events and promotions. After six years, I was looking for a little more intellectual rigor and decided to attend law school. I sometimes now wonder if I bit off more than I could chew.
Q: What advice do you have for today's Baylor Law students?
A: There's no secret formula for being successful in law school. Just do the obvious: prepare for class, keep up with your outlines, and study hard.
Q: In what ways do you give back to Baylor Law? Why?
A: I've returned to campus several times to speak to students about my career and offer tips about entering the sports and entertainment field and networking with attorneys. I'm also a Baylor Law Alumni Association Lifetime Member. Baylor was so generous to me when I attended school, and I want to help make a Baylor Law education possible for future Baylor lawyers.
Q: How do you serve in your community or within the broader legal community?
A: I present several times a year on panels, as a guest speaker, and via CLEs on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the law; sports and entertainment law; and tips for students on starting a legal career. I also serve as a mentor to underrepresented students through the 100K Mentor Challenge.
Honors and Awards
Outsports Power 100 (#21): The Most Influential LGBTQ People in Sports (2023)
Top 50 General Counsel, National Diversity Council (2019)
Professional Affiliations and Activities
Board Member, HomeField Alliance (2019–present)
Board Advisor, Entertainment and Sports Law Section, Houston Bar Association (2022–present)
Mentor, The 100K Mentor Challenge (2022–present)