Clay Allen

Allen & Gooch
Geo Area
Region 4

Clay M. Allen is the Managing Partner of Allen & Gooch. Clay has more than 25 years of experience in counseling corporations and boards of directors on issues of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and matters of corporate finance. In his role as Managing Partner, Clay works with corporate counsel to develop strategies and assemble multi-disciplinary teams to pursue claims in high-stakes business litigation and to defend class and collective actions.

Clay Allen is also a Managing Director with the investment banking firm of Westlake Securities, LLC. Westlake provides a full range of investment banking and financial advisory services to emerging growth and established privately held and publicly traded companies. Westlake has offices in Austin and Houston, Texas and in Lafayette, Louisiana.

With an extensive knowledge of government and public policy, Clay has devoted much of his time and resources to the betterment of Louisiana, and he has developed a statewide reputation as a civic leader. Clay is a co-founder of Blueprint Louisiana, an historic reform movement leading to Louisiana's adoption of the highest standard of governmental ethics in the country. Clay is a trustee and serves as Chairman of the Board of Lafayette General Medical Center, the largest full-service acute-care medical center in the nine-parish area of Acadiana; and he is also a trustee of the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation. Pennington is the largest academic-based nutritional research center in the world and promotes more healthful lifestyles through research and education in nutrition and preventive medicine. Clay is chair-elect of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the most influential business lobbying and advocacy group in Louisiana, and he is a past chair of Louisiana's Committee of 100 for Economic Development, and past chair of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

Clay received a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor from the LSU Law Center where he was an editor of the Louisiana Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a Master of Business Administration with honors from Tulane University in New Orleans. Clay was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in honor of his service to the endowment of academics.