Clay Travis

Clay probably wins the company award for the "Most Enviable Life For A Football Fan."

It's difficult to top his typical weekend schedule during the fall. As a local sports talk show host and SEC football author (including Dixieland Delight: A Football Season on the Road in the Southeastern Conference and On Rocky Top about University of Tennessee football), Clay often travels to SEC cities, signs books, mingles with the crowd from the local university, and attends a game – and of course writes about his experiences.

"Growing up in the South, football is such a part of the fabric of the community," said Clay, a native of Nashville, Tenn.
"So to get an opportunity to write about something I love is pretty exciting."

After getting his law degree from Vanderbilt University, Clay signed on with a Washington D.C.-based firm, where his work took him to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, a hub of financial activity for many of his Fortune 100 clients. However, when he was presented with the opportunity to be an online columnist for CBS Sports, he couldn't pass it up. At the same time, he wanted to continue practicing law – and needed to for financial reasons.

"Knowing what I wanted to do with the column and my writing, the traditional practice of law wasn't going to work," he said. "Going into the managing partner's office at 2 p.m. on a Friday and saying, 'Well, I'm outta here – gotta go to Gainesville for the game' wasn't going to fly. I needed to find something a lot more flexible."

As time went by and Clay's sports responsibilities expanded, he scheduled his work around his radio and writing schedules; he currently writes for FanHouse (after a stint with Deadspin.com) and has his own, very popular Web site. In a typical week, he wrote multiple columns, posted to his blog, hosted a sports talk show on Nashville's most popular talk radio station, helped with a legal investigation or short-term assignment on one or two days, then headed to a game on the weekend. He was always able to ramp up his legal work schedule, if needed.

"The ironic thing is that I really enjoy practicing law more now than I did when I was doing it full-time," he said. "Counsel On Call allowed me to keep my skills fresh, and I truly liked my work. My schedule fluctuated so much that it was nice to know I could work whenever I needed to or was available. The people at Counsel On Call really went out of their way to find the right kinds of assignments for me."

 
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Clay's Resume
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Local sports talk show host
Online columnist for FanHouse, formerly with Deadspin.com and CBS Sports.com
Author of Dixieland Delight:
A Football Season on the Road in the Southeastern Conference
and On Rocky Top: A Front-Row Seat to the End of An Era
Litigation experience with Fortune 100 companies
Vanderbilt University (J.D.), George Washington University
 

Clay hanging out at the stadium

It might seem like a hectic schedule for Clay, but he also gets to spend a lot of time with his wife and young son.

"It's great. I'm getting to do all the things I really enjoy doing, and obviously flexibility is key for me. There's no way I could have done all of this without Counsel On Call."

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