Our Team



Jeffrey J. Clayton, Esquire


Executive Director / Policy Director


William B. Carmichael




Brian Nairin


Vice Chairman

Mr. Clayton joined the American Bail Coalition as Policy Director in May, 2015. He has worked in various capacities as a public policy and government relations professional for fifteen years, and also as licensed attorney for the past twelve years, working most recently as the General Counsel for the Professional Bail Agents of Colorado, in addition to serving other clients in legal, legislative, and policy matters. Mr. Clayton also spent six years in Government service, representing the Colorado State Courts and Probation Department, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the United States Secretary of Transportation.

With more than 30 years of insurance industry experience, Bill Carmichael currently serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Surety Company, a licensed property & casualty insurance company and Underwriters Surety, Inc., an insurance agency operation which serves as a program manager for a non-owned, third party insurer. Both companies are concentrating specifically on the underwriting and production of criminal appearance bonds.

Brian Nairin, Chairman of the AIA Family of Companies, has more than 25 years experience in the bail bond industry. He is a nationally recognized expert in bail law who graduated with honors from Loyola Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 1989. He has been a featured speaker at private and public sector trade associations regarding the role of bail in the criminal justice system. Moreover, Brian has been retained to serve as an expert in numerous litigation and regulatory matters relating to bail, including testifying before legislative and regulatory committees throughout the United States.

Meet Our Member Companies


AIA Surety

With over 150 years of combined experience between the companies, AIA has become the overwhelming industry leader in agent service, national coverage, bail bonds written and number of agents. (800) 935-2245

American Surety Company

Acquired in 1993, American Surety Company is a Property & Casualty company specializing in the writing of bail bonds through independent licensed bail bond agents. American Surety Company grew from being licensed in only one state, California, in 1993 to 49 states today. (800) 969-1827

Bankers Surety

The Surety division of Bankers Financial Corporation has served the needs of bail bond businesses since 1976. We are one of the country’s largest providers to the bail bond industry, and one of the fastest growing providers of contract and commercial bonds to businesses. (855) 890-6993

Black Diamond

Black Diamond Insurance Company. (800) 665-2245

Palmetto Surety

Palmetto Surety Corporation strives to advance the bail bonding industry through exemplary customer service, professionalism, and integrity. Palmetto Surety is committed to bail bond agents and the communities they serve. (866) 372-0827

Sun Surety

We are known for our expertise and integrity in the bail industry and continually strive to deliver excellent service, the best possible advice and maximum opportunities for our existing and future agents to succeed. (605) 348-1000

Universal Fire & Casualty

Universal Fire & Casualty Insurance Company is licensed in 27 states as a Property & Casualty Insurance Company specializing in Surety Bail only. (800) 874-8742

Whitecap Surety

One of the Midwest’s leading sureties focused on service, reliability and care.
(612) 616-1551