Clifton M. Iler

University Counsel

Clifton M. Iler serves as University Counsel and Senior Assistant Attorney General at the University of Virginia. Mr. Iler serves as the Office’s primary liaison with the University President, senior staff, and members of the Board of Visitors on a variety of legal issues.  Mr. Iler has thirty years of legal experience in private practice and advising public university clients. Prior to his appointment to the University Counsel's office, he served as Deputy General Counsel for Faculty, Students, and Research at the University of Kentucky. Before that, he served as Associate General Counsel, supporting the school’s healthcare operations and healthcare colleges. Immediately prior to joining the University of Kentucky Office of Legal Counsel, Mr. Iler was an Associate General Counsel of MCG Health, Inc., the hospital associated with what was then the Medical College of Georgia. Before that, he spent sixteen years with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a member of the firm’s Products Liability Group and Litigation and Trial Practice Group. Mr. Iler was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  He received his undergraduate degree in English and Economics from Centre College in 1987, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team.  He graduated with distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1991, where he was an Associate Editor of the Kentucky Law Review.


Practice Areas: Governance/Board of Visitors, University leadership/management team, Communications/public affairs, Audit/compliance, Constitutional issues, including First Amendment, and Equal Protection