Clayton "Tex" Pasley

F 312.604.2753
Clayton "Tex" Pasley is an associate at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. Mr. Pasley represents plaintiffs and whistleblowers in complex class action, civil rights, and qui tam lawsuits, with special interest in housing and consumer protection matters. He joined the firm in 2021.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pasley was a legal fellow at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. At the Shriver Center, he litigated and investigated novel Fair Housing Act challenges against Illinois local governments over enforcement of “crime-free housing” ordinances. He also advocated for improvements to laws meant to protect renters who are denied housing due to inaccurate, irrelevant, and misleading criminal or eviction records.

After graduating law school, Mr. Pasley lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he was a law clerk to the late Pamela L. Reeves, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and a staff attorney at No Exceptions Prison Collective, a prisoners’ rights advocacy organization based in Nashville.

Mr. Pasley graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, receiving the Class of 2017 Pro Bono Award and the Claire Corcoran Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Public Service. An enthusiastic public transit user and bicyclist, he devotes his free time to supporting safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation in Chicago, along with regular visits to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary and the Field Museum. Before law school, he worked as a professional craft brewer in Arizona.


University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2017)
St. John's College (Maryland) (B.A., 2011)


Illinois (2019)
Tennessee (former member)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Professional Recognition

Named to the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers® (2023)

Memberships / Associations

Board Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, Young Professionals Board
Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates
Member, National Fair Housing Alliance
Member, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association

Presentations & Publications

The New Jim Code: Algorithms and Housing Discrimination, panel discussion at the 2022 Housing Justice Summit (June 22, 2022)

Tenant Screening Reports: The Process and The Problems, CLE Presentation to the Consumer Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (Mar. 3, 2022)

Screened Out: How Tenant Screening Reports Undermine Fair Housing Laws and Deprive Tenants of Equal Access to Housing in Illinois (Jan. 2021) (with Henry Oostrom-Shah)

Ordinary Principles of Contract Interpretation v. Ordinary Principles of Contract Interpretation: The Future of Retiree Healthcare Benefits After M&G Polymers v. Tackett, 24 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & L. 125 (2017)


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