Clay Allen is Associate General Counsel for the Houston Rockets and Toyota Center, a position he has held since 2013. Allen began his career with the Rockets as a part-time Marketing Associate in 2001, working his way up within the organization until leaving the Rockets in 2007 to attend law school and pursue a legal career.
As Associate General Counsel, Allen is responsible for a wide range of legal and policy matters for both the Houston Rockets and their home arena, Toyota Center, including sponsorship agreements, arena use agreements, intellectual property matters, risk management, and compliance with NBA rules. Allen was also instrumental in the development and ultimate sale of Clutch Gaming, the organization’s first professional esports team. Allen is a member of the team’s Senior Management Committee and serves as the team’s Integrity Officer, overseeing the league’s gaming policy related to legalized sports betting.
Allen began his legal career as an attorney at Locke Lord LLP in Houston, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Trinity University and his J.D., cum laude, from Baylor Law School, where he was Technical Editor for the Baylor Law Review. Allen is a member of HomeField Alliance, the first nationwide affinity group for LGBTQ sports professionals, and serves on several committees for Lone Star Volleyball Association, the local chapter of the North American Gay Volleyball Association.