Clay Martin

Of Counsel

Phone: (352) 372-1282
Fax: (352) 375-9960

Clay Martin’s legal practice with Folds & Walker focuses on real estate title matters and transactions, business formation and contracts, providing general legal counsel, and government affairs at all levels of government.

Clay is a sixth-generation Florida native. Growing up and living on his family’s farm in rural north Florida, only a stone’s throw away from the thriving university community of Gainesville, Florida, taught him a deep appreciation for the local and international interdependencies of cultures, economies, markets, and people that are necessary in the twenty-first century. Clay holds degrees from the University of Florida’s Colleges of Agriculture and Law. His forays into activism and politics at all levels have provided him the opportunity to view bigger picture issues and help shape policy solutions by working with leaders who seek solutions that encourage hard work as a path to prosperity. His varied career has allowed him to see the connection between economic opportunity, individual prosperity, and financial independence. This appreciation has continually manifested itself in Clay’s twenty-year career in law, politics, and policy which includes leadership —

  • as an elected city commissioner in his hometown at the age of twenty;
  • in volunteer and paid staff capacities in numerous local, state, and national political campaigns;
  • on local government charter review commissions, economic development committees, and career training and job creation boards; and
  • as a director on multiple local chamber of commerce boards of directors.

In addition to these roles, Clay has also served as a policy advisor to Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and as the District Director to Congressman Ted S. Yoho. Both positions allowed Clay to focus on prosperity through private sector job creation, trade, and investment by working with Florida’s rural communities to design economic development strategies capitalizing on their abundance of agricultural and natural resources.

Clay’s public service has allowed him a unique perspective in his chosen profession as a lawyer. As an assistant state attorney, Clay saw the impact a lack of economic opportunity has on crime rates and the criminal justice system. Later, as a legal advisor to both large and small businesses that create jobs, he observed the impact of a prosperous new business on a community. Watching an entrepreneur thrive after helping that person develop a viable business model and assemble a team of advisors is one of the most rewarding experiences in his professional life.

As a product of Alachua County’s public schools, Santa Fe College, and Florida’s flagship university, the University of Florida, he credits his education to the wealth of educators and other caring adults in his community who were willing to invest in his future. He currently lives in Newberry, Florida where he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tonya, and two daughters.