A lawyer gets in the way of a big mean chemical company. Michael Clayton is a lawyer who works as a consultant for a big law firm in New York. His job is to fix any manner of legal problems for the firm, be it big or small. He is good at his job, but he is also a compulsive gambler. In fact, he owes some people a lot of money. When his colleague Arthur suffers a mental breakdown in the midst of a major case, he is called in to solve the problem. The case in question involves their client, a chemical company, U-North, headed by Karen Crowder, which is being sued for a weed killer that supposedly causes cancer. Arthur becomes a major liability when he claims to have proof that the company really is guilty. Soon Crowder eliminates the problem, and has Arthur killed, making it look like a suicide. Michael learns that Arthur was telling the truth, and knows that Arthur's death wasn't an accident. After Michael himself escapes an attempted death threat, he confronts Crowder and extorts money from the company. She agrees, but Clayton gets the last laugh, getting everything on tape.
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Best part of story, including ending:
I like Clayton's style, and he seems a step ahead of everything.
Best scene in story:
When Arthur has a nervous breakdown in court.
Opinion about the main character:
Clayton is a formidable enemy that Crowder underestimated.