Jeffrey J. Clayton, Esquire

Executive Director / Policy Director

William B. Carmichael


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.

Meet Our Member Companies


AIA Surety is one of the largest, most experienced underwriters of surety bail in the nation.  AIA is committed to delivering industry leading surety products and services to its family of agents.  800.935.2245

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

The Surety division of Bankers Financial Corporation has served the needs of bail bond businesses for more than 40 years. As one of the country’s largest sureties in the bail bond industry, we provide 24/7/365 service through a dedicated team of knowledgeable professionals. Bankers remains one of the fastest growing providers of commercial bonds to businesses. (855) 890-6993

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