Clayton C. Keir


Clayton Keir is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, focusing his practice on government relations, public policy, and election law. He has experience on a wide array of governmental matters, including state and federal ethics guidance, Pennsylvania gaming law, and electoral redistricting. He has advised corporate and nonprofit clients on federal and state pay to play regulations, lobbying compliance requirements, and the intricacies of campaign finance laws. Additionally, he provided guidance regarding the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth's authority to make changes to the state's mail-in voting system based on statutory and case law research.

Prior to Ballard Spahr, Clay assisted in the creation of a new Acquisition Law Division inside the U.S. Space Force. He conducted legal research and wrote memos concerning mail-in and early voting in Pennsylvania for the combined Biden/Harris campaign and PA Dems Voter Protection for the 2020 Presidential Election. He monitored Taiwan’s implementation of international human rights accords in Taipei for Covenants Watch. And he identified suspicious tax accounts that could have facilitated the Russian tax return cyber breach for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Legal Extern, U.S. Space Force Judge Advocate and Air Force JAG, Peterson AFB, Colorado, 2020

Legal Intern, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge O. Rogeriee, Thompson, 2019

Legal Intern, Covenants Watch, Taipei, Taiwan, 2019

Board Memberships & Community Service

Squash Dreamers, founder and director, non-profit that trains Syrian refugee girls in squash and English, Amman, Jordan, and Philadelphia, 2018-present


“Jamming the Lines: The U.S. Needs More Legal Options to Deal with Satellite Interference,” Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2021

“Challenging the Limits of Executive Authority: An Analysis of Trump’s Toolbox During COVID-19,” Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2020

Contributor, SCOTUS Amicus Curiae brief in Trump v. Vance

“Tupac and the Ayatollahs,” Middle East Institute, 2010

“Syria’s Nuclear Program: What Are Syria’s Nuclear Capabilities?,”, 2007



University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2021)
Board Member, Penn Law Democracy Law Program
Associate Editor, Journal of International Law

Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (M.A. Security Studies, 2010)

Georgetown University (B.S. Foreign Service, magna cum laude, 2006)


Fluent in Persian (Farsi)

Proficient in French, Spanish, Tajik, and Dari

Conversational in Arabic, German, and Mandarin