Our goal is to provide each of our clients with the best courteous service they deserve. We know that every client is unique, and each case different. Therefore we must always analyze their situation, take the appropriate action and make the right decisions that will work to the benefit of the client.

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    Santa Maria

    About Us

    The law firm is composed of three (3) main attorneys and seven (7) office assistants.
    We can help with:

    Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy, Emergency Filings — STOP: Wage Garnishment, IRS Problems, Repossessions


    Misdemeanor to Major Felonies, Adult & Juvenile Drug Cases, DUI’s Hearings, Bail, Homicide, Assult & Battery, Sex Offenses, Probation Violations.


    $250.00 initial consultation fee. 

    Divorce, child custody, and child support are the most well-known subjects of family law, we endeavor to resolve matters in the most cost effective manner. However, when litigation is necessary, we maintain our ethical and professional standards, while pursuing aggressive and compassionate advocacy for our client


    All types of Injury & Death Cases. No fee until we win your personal injury case.

    • Free Initial Consultation
    • No Fee Until We Win
    • Serving Central Coast Since 1989
    • Evenings & weekends by appointment
    • Se Habla Español

    Our Law Firm in The News

    Our Attorneys

    Michael B. Clayton


    “Michael B. Clayton graduated from the university of Arkansas school of law in 1988. After acquiring his license to practice law in the state of Arkansas, he moved to California and acquired his second license…”

    Michael. B. Clayton

    Attorney Specializes in

    Criminal Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury​

    Thomas L. Barnard


    “Thomas L. Barnard has established an of counsel relationship with Michael B. Clayton and Associates to bring his skill and integrity to bear on your family law matters.”

    Attorney Specializes in

    Family Law, Criminal Law

    Michael T. Gazell


    “Michael T. Gazell is an associate attorney with Michael B. Clayton and Associates. Michael T. Gazell graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Michael then graduated from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California in 2015 with a Juris Doctor. Admitted to the practice of law in the State of California in 2019.”

    Michael Gazell

    Attorney Specializes in

    Criminal Law

    Areas of Practice


    Bankruptcy is a legal life line for people drowning in debt. Consumers and businesses petition the court to release them from liability in their debt. In the great majority of cases, we can help you to get your request granted.

    Criminal Law
    Criminal Law

    Criminal law concerns the system of legal rules that define what conduct is classified as a crime and how the government may prosecute individuals that commit crimes.

    Family Law
    Family Law

    Family law focuses on family issues, such as adoption, divorce, and child custody, among others. We can represent you in family court proceedings or in related negotiations such as court petitions or property agreements.

    Personal injury
    Personal Injury

    Personal injury is the legal field that deals with cases where one party causes another party to suffer harm, often as a result of negligence. When you’re seriously injured in an accident, you may have questions about your rights, and we will guide you from beggining to end to obtain a satisfactory result.

    What Our Clients Say

    We value our customers and appreciate hearing how we impacted their life, so much so, that we’ve built our business knowing that our client’s satisfaction leads to our own success.

    Santa Maria, CA

    So , Micheal First of all I want to say He’s the Nicest most genuine person in this world. I was in a car crash and guess who was there to help , Michael !!! He saw me scared out of my mind I was bleeding and my glasses broke but still Michael was help me out saying it wasn’t my fault and witnessed everything and me being a complete stranger he still came to help me he could’ve drove straight by but he helped me out. These past few weeks he’s been very helpful he helped me with the police report and overall I recommend this guy he was an angel sent from heaven and till this day I’m glad I met him ! What this man did I will never forget he didn’t even charge me a dime because he saw a scared kid and came to help me overall recommend this place ! Trust me he will HELP you out !

    Aron G.

    Lompoc, CA

    Very responsive and extremely helpful. He was able to advise us as to the most expedient way to solve our issues. Grateful that we were able to contact him the very first try and thankful for his expertise.
    Thank you.Terry F

    Source: Yelp Reviews

    Terry H.

    Arroyo Grande, CA

    I have used Mr. Clayton and his associates twice. They did a great job getting me out of my predicaments and even after the cases were over and they had done their job for me, every time I called them or even met with Mr. Clayton for advise or consultation, I wasn’t even charged even though I expected to be.
    I am very impressed by their expertise, professionalism and caring for their clients. Highly recommend

    Source: Yelp Reviews

    Gary C.


    Amazing Attorney! Office personel are extremly professional and everything was tsken care of, in a timely manmer. Would highly recommend for any legal matters.

    Lisa M.

    Santa Maria, CA

    Met with Mr Clayton personally over a matter. Just while in his consultation, he made calls and help give direction with zero charge. Promised to take our case if needed but felt it would not get to that point by his free consultation. So far so good, thanks Michael B Clayton!

    Pancho M.

    San Francisco, CA

    My son was in need of  legal advice for a situation that he involved
    He contact the Law firm of MICHAEL CLAYTON and the treatment that
    we had was very surprising, we are under the idea that attorneys very seldom will help you unless you paid a lot of money , But this guy
    was very king understating and concern for my son well been
    My son was going to be under series consequences
    Mr. Clayton was concern and did everything possible for his best interest
    I was very shock to receive this type of concern.
    God Blessed him , I will recommended highly and I will also recommend him to the Mexican American community in MUCH  need like everyone else for good honest legal advise  i also going to send to the California Bar Association a letter to thank the for having Mr., Clayton a member of the Bar

    Source: Yelp Reviews

    Leticia R.

    Lompoc, CA

    Michael & associates were great.  I was able to get an appointment same day.  Michael was very helpful and honest.  Best of all he did not charge me for his time or the many sheets of information he gave me.   If I ever need legal assistance again I will definitely return.

    Source: Yelp Reviews

    Michelle L.

    San Luis Obispo, CA

    I am super impressed with Michael B Clayton & Associates. First impressions are important and Mr. Clayton made my husband and I feel completely at ease during our consultation. He thoroughly explained the legal process for our situation and answered any questions we had. We felt so comfortable that we knew he was the right fit for us. His whole staff was super helpful and professional. We are especially grateful for Noemy who handled the paperwork for our case and followed up with the information the firm needed. We loved how assured we were during the whole process; everything was simplified and broken down for us, from the initial consultation to the final court appointment. It made us feel at peace when dealing with a legal issue that was very nerve-wracking and difficult for us. Thank you, Mr. Clayton & Staff! We really appreciate your firm and the professional and heart-centered way that you conduct business. A relative of mine recommended Michael B Clayton & Associates and now we will be recommending them to others!

    Source: Yelp Reviews

    Bree K.


    At Michel B Clayton and Associates. You will find a very friendly staff that will be completely upfront and honest with you. Expect real time results and peace of mind that you had an attorney, who will stick his neck out for you, when you need it most. I can not recommend Michael B Clayton higher than five stars, but if I could I would.

    Jessica F.

    Moses Lake, WA

    Are you experiencing rain on a bright sunny day? If so, by the time I’m done with this review, you’re gonna know what to do!
    When I met Michael and his Associates, I was going thru hell! One thing I know about hell is that when you’re there, don’t stop to take pictures and KEEP GOING.
    My best advise is to take your notes and bring him substance. With your honesty and his integrity and desire to have justice served,  I have absolute confidence and faith that He and his staff will serve you well or at least point you in the direction of somebody who will!
    Make it a great day and call Michael B. Clayton and Associates today if you need legal help!  Also, ask about his special veteran discount if that applies to you. You will not be disappointed!

    Source: Yelp Reviews

    Andrew K.

    Michael B. Clayton and Associates can help you!