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Hospital Employment of Physicians: What Should a Physician Consider
Dallas Medical Journal
May 18, 2015 - This article first appeared in the May 2015 edition of the Dallas Medical Journal . As the number of hospitals employing physicians increases, so does the number of physicians wondering whether they should join the crowd. According to the Medical Group Management Association, more than 50 percent of physicians are employed by organizations affiliated with health systems, and in some specialties, the number is much higher.
Closing a Medical Practice: Steps on the Road to Retirement
Dallas Medical Journal
May 18, 2015 - This article first appeared in the May 2015 edition of the Dallas Medical Journal. A physician confronts a number of emotions when closing his or her medical practice, when tensd to make the process more arduous than it might be. Taking a pragmatic approach and involving a third party to assist with the maintenance requirements regarding medical records can make the transition into retirement much smoother.
Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Eagle Ford Shale Lawsuit
San Antonio Express-News
May 15, 2015 - Attorneys for a family that claims drilling on the Eagle Ford Shale made their Karnes County home unlivable and exacerbated medical problems were back in court Wednesday, arguing before the 4th Court of Appeals that the case — which was thrown out by a judge last August — deserved to be heard by a jury.
Numbers Flat at Top 25 Firms in Summer Associate Survey
Texas Lawyer
May 15, 2015 - With busy and growing Texas offices, Greenberg Traurig hired twice as many summer associates in Texas in 2015 as in 2014, because the firm needs a pipeline of young associates to support the work and growth.
Remember the Alamo, Beer Makers and Trademark Attorneys
Texas Lawyer
May 11, 2015 - Texans love the Alamo. Most would easily recognize the historic building's roofline silhouette. But if a product label showing that image surfaces on a retailer's shelf—without its manufacturers or marketers securing a license from the Texas General Land Office—the agency's trademark protection lawyers most likely will pounce.
Exclusionary Uses: Provisions in Transition
Texas Real Estate Business
May 11, 2015
Two Syngenta Suits Return to State Court and More May Follow
Thomson Reuters
May 7, 2015 - (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled that Syngenta AG can't stop two lawsuits accusing it of commercializing a genetically modified strain of corn banned in China from returning to state court, in an order that paves the way for many similar suits to be remanded from federal court.
Investing in the United States
Practical Law
April 29, 2015 - This Q&A gives an overview of the key factors affecting inward investment, including information on the jurisdiction's legal system; key laws and regulatory authorities; investment restrictions; and details of international treaties, customs and monetary unions. The guide also provides information on investor individuals; visa permits; restrictions on foreign ownership; transfer pricing and thin capitalisation rules; imports and import duties; safety regulations and standards for commercial goods and services; structuring and tax incentives; investment guarantees; recent developments and proposals for reform.
Making Rain: Serving Rather Than Selling
Cordell Parvin's Blog
April 9, 2015
Gray Reed Hires Five-Member Litigation Team in Houston
March 30, 2015 - A Beirne Maynard & Parsons LLP litigator who handles primarily energy and insurance work joined the Houston office of Gray Reed & McGraw PC on Friday, bringing with him four associates. Darin Brooks, who had worked with Beirne Maynard for more than 12 years, brought with him clients includingConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 Co. and American International Group Inc.
Gray Reed Hires Five Lateral Litigators from Beirne, Maynard
Texas Lawyer
March 30, 2015 - Darin Brooks leads a five-lawyer litigation group that left Beirne, Maynard & Parsons to join Gray Reed & McGraw in Houston. Brooks joined Gray Reed as a shareholder, and John George Jr., Meagan Glover, Kent Harkness and Brian Waters joined as associates. Brooks said he made the move on March 27, and the entire team is on board as of March 30.
Shale Gas Production Litigation Centers on Product Failures and Accidents - Not Ground Water Pollution
World Risk and Insurance News
March 25, 2015 - speaks with Julia Palmer during the 2015 IRMI Energy Risk and Insurance Conference, a partner at the law firm of Gray Reed and McGraw, about claims litigation and emerging legal trends. According to Ms. Palmer, the advent of shale gas production brought with it concern about contamination of ground water. She says those cases are not going to trial, many dismissed and not pursued because “they can’t be proven.”  She points to a great deal of litigation “relating to surface spills, trucking accidents, product failures at the well site, faulty products (such as casing failures, rental equipment failures)…So it’s related more to the operational side rather than ground water pollution.”
Attys In Riceland MDL Win Cert. In Fight To Recover Fees
March 20, 2015 - Law360, New York -- A Missouri federal judge on Thursday certified a class of attorneys and firms who say that Riceland Foods Inc. used their work in prosecuting its own claims against Bayer in multidistrict litigation related to crop contamination by its genetically modified rice.
Curling Street
The Roadmap - Published by the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
March 2015 - Curling Street. As a young healthy boy, I traveled by car up and down Bingle Road in Spring Branch with my mother, Lucile. As she drove me past where Curling Street is, I did not notice the name, nor would the name have held any importance for me. Then, life was good. God was great. All the pieces fit perfectly. My life and health held a promise that would surely be fulfilled and unbroken. Unbroken like the promise of marriage and everlasting love sealed by a couples' wedding kiss.
Practical Tips for Drafting Noncompetes: Lessons Learned from the Courthouse
State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Newsletter
Winter 2015 - Covenants not to compete, or “noncompetes,” have proliferated across the United States impacting a wide variety of industries. Employers use noncompetes to protect their investments in confidential information, trade secrets, employee training programs, and customer relationships. In Texas, the Covenants Not to Compete Act allows noncompetes to be enforced if the restrictions imposed are reasonable and necessary. Employers should consider several important issues when crafting noncompete agreements.
The Top Three Obstacles for Construction Producers
Insurance Business America
February 25, 2015 - Given the complications inherent in servicing construction and contractor clients, the majority of producers in the space are highly specialized. As such, they are accustomed to the detailed risks and intricate policy language attached to construction contracts and insurance coverage. Here are the top three challenges producers face, along with some insight into how they might be overcome.
Five Ways to Protect your IP in a Startup
Houston Business Journal
February 24, 2015 - Starting a business has its fair share of challenges, from finding capital to figuring out a name, but one of the most important things on the checklist should be protecting your intellectual property.
Corn's Price Drop Subject of Suit
El Campo News-Leader
February 4, 2015 - Farmers in Wharton County and nationwide are joining a GMO corn lawsuit claiming China’s refusal to buy U.S. genetically-modified corn caused prices to fall. Syngenta Ag, a Swiss-based agribusiness that markets seeds and agrochemicals globally, produced two genetically modified seeds, Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade, which were marketed in the U.S. beginning in 2010.    
Agency as an Affirmative Defense
Dallas Bar Headnotes
January 27, 2015 - Signing a contract?  Why crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s isn’t enough.  Gray Reed attorney Alex Fuller explores the risks of signing a contract on behalf of your company.
Super Bowl Betting Pools May Be Illegal
KTRH Radio
January 26, 2015 - This is the week when everyone in the office joins in that Super Bowl betting pool.  But what seems like harmless fun to most people is actually against the law here in Texas.  "It's illegal," says Dallas-based attorney Cleve Clinton . "Now, realistically and practically, is anybody going to do anything about"  He tells KTRH that Texas law has such a broad definition of gambling, that technically any betting pool violates state law.  Whether or not the state chooses to enforce that depends on a few factors.  "The first thing you really want to look at is how big of a pool are we talking about, the second thing is who's running it, and the third, will someone profit by it," says Clinton.
You Saw What? Where? About Whom? Improper Use and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Through Social Media
AHLA Newsletter
January 19, 2015 - The use of social networking applications to exchange personal and professional information has become commonplace today. While many believe that societal acceptance lies mainly with high school-age and college-age groups, in reality, all ages have embraced this technology as a way to interact with others on a regular basis.
Texas Firms Have Optimistic Outlook for 2015
Texas Lawyer
December 25, 2014 - Despite declining oil prices, Texas law firm leaders are bullish about their firms' growth prospects for 2015. "We're all scratching our heads right now, watching energy prices fall so quickly," said Marvin Nathan, president and founding shareholder of 17-lawyer Nathan Sommers Jacobs in Houston. "It's causing some shock waves in Houston and probably throughout the rest of the country."
More Energy, More Deals, More Disputes
JAMS Newsletter
December 22, 2014 - Not long ago, lawyer Roland Tellis was handling a high-stakes securities case involving alleged investment fraud and was facing an upcoming summary judgment motion in advance of a settlement conference. As part of his preparation, Tellis hired three JAMS neutrals, all retired district court judges and all with similar profiles to the real judge in the case in terms of number of years on the bench and specialties practiced before judging. The three neutrals were asked to give wholly blind opinions of the summary judgment motion, meaning none of them knew which side was asking for the mock ruling.
Twenty States Climb Aboard Syngenta GMO Corn Class Actions
December 19, 2014 - Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and 17 other states have joined class actions in Kansas and Missouri filed by corn farmers, grain exporters and others who accuse Syngenta Corp. of “tainting” the U.S. corn supply with genetically modified seed before China gave import approval. The three firms that filed their complaints in November amended them on Thursday to include the 20 states, which represent 86 percent of the corn planted in the U.S. this year, they said in a joint statement Thursday. The other states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Contributing Author - Bankruptcy Treatise
Bloomberg Law
December 19, 2014
Are Facebook Threats Protected Speech?
KTRH Radio
December 2, 2014 - When is a Facebook threat considered a real threat?  That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case which could change the rules of social media. Lawyers for a Pennsylvania man sentenced to federal prison for threatening his estranged wife on Facebook argue he never intended to harm her.  He was only citing rap lyrics – an expression of free speech.
Dallas Suburb Votes to Ban Fracking, but the Fight is Far from Over
November 19, 2014 - Gray Reed & McGraw energy attorney Charlie Sartain discusses Denton's fracking ban.
HBA Legal Initiative Series Serves Veterans of all Eras
Houston Lawyer
November 18, 2014 - Gray Reed attorney Taylor Lamb talks about how HBA's veterans assistance program helps vets.
Selected Issues to Consider When Drafting Healthcare Transactions
Dallas Bar Headnotes
November 6, 2014 - The ever-changing landscape of healthcare is complex, both for practitioners and those who advise them. Attorneys involved in healthcare transactions will encounter general corporate law issues, but they should also be aware of the unique legal and regulatory framework that permeates the healthcare industry.
Facebook Knows How You'll Vote
KTRH Radio
October 29, 2014 - Facebook knows how you'll vote -- before you cast a ballot . The social network is profiling you based on political preferences the same way it profiles you to target its advertising. Houston Internet law expert Travis Crabtree says Facebook uses your 'likes' to determine your politics.
Pro Bono Spotlight: Taylor Lamb
State Bar of Texas Blog
October 23, 2014 - The State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association, and others proudly support the National Pro Bono Celebration (Oct. 19-25). Pro bono week is an opportunity to educate the public about the good work the legal community is doing to improve the lives of vulnerable Texans and to encourage more people in the legal community to get involved. Today, we feature Taylor Lamb for her invaluable work in the Houston legal community.
A Bold Step Toward Solving Texas' Road Woes
Texas Tribune
October 22, 2014 - Each day, millions of Texans find themselves stuck on congested roadways for countless hours that they could otherwise be spending at home with their families or making a living. Lets face it: Our booming population - which is swelling by more than 1,000 people everyday - presents tremendous opportunities for the future of Texas, but this growth is also a significant burden on our state's aging transportation infrastructure.
Three Steps to Better Blogging
Everything Matters
October 17, 2014 - Good writing is good writing, right? Yes and no.
Attorney: Texas asbestos decision ‘absolutely not’ gaining traction in other jurisdictions
Washington Examiner
September 29, 2014 - A Texas defense attorney recently said that as asbestos litigation changes, the laws governing legal causation must also change – and the recent Bostic decision from the Texas Supreme Court is a prime example of that change despite the fact that it is not having a nationwide impact yet.
Baker Botts loses tax partner Dan Kroll to Houston office of Gray Reed & McGraw
Tax Grotto
September 18, 2014 - Gray Reed & McGraw has announced the addition of tax attorney Dan Kroll to the firm’s Houston office.
Gray Reed Scoops Up Baker Botts Partner
September 17, 2014 - Gray Reed & McGraw has lured a 20-year Baker Botts veteran over to its Houston office to work on joint venture structuring and tax planning, the firm said Monday.  
Workplace Uniform Requirements
KRLD Radio
September 12, 2014 - KRLD's Mitch Carr interviewed Gray Reed's Michael Kelsheimer about the possibility of some stores, like Walmart and Starbucks, requiring their employees to purchase workplace uniforms.  
Liquor Licensees May Have to Bite the Bullet
September 11, 2014 - Recent years have seen pro-gun activists increase their visibility in the courthouse and in public displays supporting expanded gun laws. One of the most visible groups of Second Amendment activists are those who support “open carry” — the ability to openly carry pistols and other firearms around in public. Their demonstrations often involve visiting local businesses with openly carried handguns and long guns. Along with their visits comes controversy, often in the form of counterprotests by anti-gun groups.  
Official-Looking E-Mail Will Install Malware On Computers
News 92 FM
September 8, 2014
Subcontractors Secure a Victory in Federal Court
Energy and the Law
September 3, 2014 - On August 27, in  In re Heritage Consolidated, L.L.C . , the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted subcontractor’s lien rights to two oil and gas drilling contractors. The Court reversed a district court ruling which upheld a summary judgment issued by a bankruptcy court denying liens to the two drilling contractors. The case was briefed and argued by Gray Reed’s own Michael Bishop and Martin Averill.
Austin's Possible New Cell Phone Ban
KTRH Radio
September 2, 2014
Woman Files $123 Million Lawsuit Against Facebook
KRLD Radio
August 22, 2014
Air B-N-B Squatter
KRLD Radio
August 7, 2014
How to Enforce Terms of Service for Online Social Media Promotions and Contests
Bloomberg Social Media Law & Policy Report
August 7, 2014 - General Mills incurred blowback on social media earlier this year when it was suggested the company sought releases for all claims whatsoever from anyone who visited the company Facebook page. The truth, as always, was not as drastic or draconian as initially reported, but it did raise some concerns about how to enforce terms of service through social media.
Timing of Justice's Departure Means Party Committees Choose Candidates
Texas Lawyer
August 5, 2014 - Jim Moseley, who has served as a justice on Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals for 18 years, announced he's leaving the bench on Aug. 21 to join Gray Reed & McGraw as chairman of the 120-lawyer firm's appellate section.
Retiring Dallas Judge To Head Gray Reed Appellate Practice
August 1, 2014 - A Dallas Court of Appeals judge who is retiring in August after 18 years on the bench will join Gray Reed & McGraw PC as the head of the firm’s newly formed appellate section, the firm announced Thursday. Justice Jim Moseley, who announced his retirement in June, had good relationships with several Gray Reed lawyers, and when they called him after he said he’d be stepping down, he was listening. He told Law360 on Thursday that “one thing led to another,” and the firm ultimately made him...
GOP, Democrats vie to Fill Fifth District Court of Appeals Seat
Dallas Morning News
August 1, 2014 - The Fifth District Court of Appeals will lose one of its longtime justices next month when Justice Jim Moseley retires after 18 years on the court.
What to Watch For: Obamacare Appeals
Houston Business Journal
July 31, 2014 - The split decisions surrounding the Affordable Care Act's subsidies reignited the firestorm over the efficacy of Obamacare, but in states like Texas that don't have a state-run health insurance exchange and didn't expand Medicaid, the focus is on the impact of losing the federal tax credits.
FCC Again Takes Aim at Net Neutrality
KTRH Radio
July 22, 2014 - The Federal Communications Commission is once again pushing to get the government into the internet business. When most people hear the term net neutrality nothing comes to mind.  But, the issue at stake could effect every person on the planet who uses the internet.  
Border Immigration Crisis
El Pais - Spain
July 21, 2014 - El gobernador de Texas Rick Perry anunció este lunes el despliegue de 1.000 soldados de la Guardia Nacional a la frontera con México para combatir el ingreso de niños inmigrantes centroamericanos , que han inundado los albergues en el estado.
Anti-Fracking Petition Will Go To Denton Voters in November  
KUHF Radio
July 17, 2014 - A petition to ban new permits for hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas city of Denton will now go to the city’s voters. That follows a rejection of the measure by the Denton City Council . The council’s vote followed a long and contentious public hearing. Industry groups and state regulators warned a ban could be followed by litigation and a severe hit to Denton’s economy. Petition supporters said the risks to human health and the environment outweighed the economic benefits of fracking.
EEOC Pregnancy Guidelines
KRLD Radio
July 16, 2014
Civil Rivalry
Alcalde Magazine (UT Alumni)
July 14, 2014 - Longhorns and Sooners don’t always get along. But in Houston, they’re building something special.
SCOTUS Rulings Protect Privacy, Property
KTRH Radio
June 26, 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of privacy and property under two decisions handed down Wednesday.  Attorney David Gair at Gray Reed & McGraw says the high court reaffirmed the Fourth Amendment when forcing police to first obtain a warrant to search cell phones of people they arrest.  
Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far on Medical Malpractice in Texas?
Houston Business Journal
June 19, 2014 - Longtime Houston attorney Cary Gray, managing director of Gray Reed & McGraw, talks about how the Texas legal pendulum has swung from being strongly in favor of the plaintiff's bar, to being unduly restrictive on medical malpractice suits.
Netflix and Verizon Battle over Buffering
KTRH Radio
June 9, 2014 - If you have Verizon Internet you may have experienced buffering problems with Netflix. Netflix blames Verizon and Verizon calls a Netflix onscreen warning about Verizon congestion a "PR stunt." Who's really at fault? Houston Internet attorney Travis Crabtree says it's hard to say.  
LXBN Leaders: For Charles Sartain, Writing Towards an Industry Means Being Educational – and Opinionated
June 6, 2014 - In the debate about the future of energy, fracking and the Keystone Pipeline, energy litigator Charles Sartain is opinionated and unfazed. “So far no one has written to tell me that I’m off their Christmas card list,” said Sartain about being the lead author of the Energy & the Law blog.
Accountable Care Organization Waivers: Addressing Fraud and Abuse Compliance Issues in the Shared Savings Program
American Health Lawyers Association Fraud & Abuse, Vol. 3, Number 2
May 12, 2014 - The federal government has, for quite some time, attempted to address improvement of the delivery of health care through a number of initiatives focused not only on quality but also on value. With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (as amended by the Health Care Reconciliation Act of 2010), the federal government took its most significant step to date by providing for the establishment of accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Be Careful When You Review Products Online
KTRH Radio
May 9, 2014 - You can say something stinks in your Amazon or Yelp review -- but you can't lie. A Florida man may be about to learn that lesson the hard way. The man is being sued for claiming the product he reviewed on was identical to a cheaper one from another company and he suggested positive reviews of it were fake. Houston Internet law attorney Travis Crabtree says that's more than just an opinion.  
Will this be the next Ashby high-rise case?
Houston Business Journal
May 6, 2014 - The dust has settled on the Ashby high-rise case, but will we see similar events unfold in reaction to a tower currently under construction in River Oaks? Three little words handwritten on a trial court’s order have me wondering.
Hospital-Physician Employment Agreements and Medical Staff Bylaws
American Health Lawyers Association MedStaff News, Vol. 16, Number 1
May 5, 2014 - The prevalence of physician employment directly with hospitals or hospital-related entities has experienced a dramatic increase with the continued evolution of health care delivery models.
Seven Ways to Manage the Credit of a New Customer in Construction and Oil and Gas
Business Credit Magazine
May 2014 - You should ask your customer for the owner's name and address, the location of the project, a copy of the payment bond (if any) and the general contractor's name and address (if you are second tier subcontractor or supplier). Having this information at the outset with help you quickly send out bond and lien notices if the new customer falls behind on making payments.
Ashby High Rise Lawsuits
Big State Home Buyers
April 22, 2014 -   On Monday, April 21, the trial judge heard oral arguments about whether to grant the injunction to prevent the developer from beginning construction.  The parties filed additional letter briefs after the oral hearings.  In an interview with Brian Spitz from Big State Home Buyers, Daryl Bailey from Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. discusses issues and answers questions related to the  Ashby High-Rise law suits and a River Oaks law suit  that sought similar injunctive relief which was not granted.
Franchise Dining Deals Get Supersized in Development Boom
April 21, 2014 - Pent-up private equity, increasing development demands from restaurant brands and a sweet spot in the real estate cycle are all helping to fuel large-scale, multi-unit franchise development deals, experts say.
Thirteen Workers First to File Case Under City’s New Wage Theft Law
Houston Chronicle
April 16, 2014 -  For three years Erik Lopez and his three brothers say they each often worked 80-hour weeks, building highway ramps and trash landfills for city projects.   Yet they say their employer refused to pay them overtime. Nor did the company provide tax forms, such as a W-2, instead giving them cash or   personal checks so the brothers couldn’t pay their taxes — and stayed off the company’s books.
Bauer Business Focus: David Gair On Avoiding 'IRS' Telephone Scammers
Houston Public Media
March 28, 2014 - The approach of Tax Day regularly brings a jump in phone fraud activity . Individuals claiming to represent the IRS call taxpayers demanding money for unpaid taxes.
Hospital Employment of Physicians: What Should A Physician Consider?
Texas Orthopaedic Association Newsletter
March 11, 2014
UHLC Arrival Awards Honor Four Immigrants
University of Houston Law Center News
March 7, 2014 - Supporters of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic gathered Thursday evening to raise funds and honor four Houstonians for their outstanding achievements in their careers and communities since immigrating to the United States. Winners of the 2014 Arrival Awards are: Sofia Adrogué, Law Center class of ’91,of Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.; Taseer  Badar, ZT Wealth and Altus Health; Mary Foreman, philanthropist; and Dr. Adan Rios,The University of Texas Medical Branch. Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman accepted the award on behalf of his wife who was unable to attend.
International Tax Committee COGs Comment Project
Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report
March 3, 2014 - Gray Reed Houston tax attorney Austin Carlson collaborated on the first ever International Tax Committee COGs comment project. It was recently published in Bloomberg Daily News and you can see it here .
Sharks R Us drop their briefs to pick up tongs at the rodeo
Houston Business Journal
February 28, 2014 - Jack Rains is a well-connected Houston attorney at Gray, Reed & McGraw, an Aggie alum, and former Texas secretary of state. But he's proudest of the barbecue team he helped to found and the event he's been a part of since 1969.
Physicians Assistants
Texas Orthopedic Association Newsletter
February 2014 - Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the use of physician assistants (“PAs”) by physicians in Texas and new laws have taken effect governing the use of PAs and the type of arrangements physicians may have with PAs. Physicians should pay careful attention to these laws when employing, supervising, contracting or entering into a business arrangement with PAs. This article discusses some of the general regulatory requirements physicians should keep in mind when employing or supervising PAs, as well as an overview of the laws governing medical practices that are jointly owned by physicians and PAs.
Ten Things to Axe From a Brief
Texas Lawyer
February 10, 2014 - More isn't always better. With legal briefs, less definitely can be an improvement. When drafting the next brief, consider leaving out the following 10 things.  
Physicians and Compounding Pharmacies: Liability Issues Related to the Prescribing and Investing in Such Ventures
American Health Lawyers Association Physician Organizations, Vol. 16, Number 2
December 26, 2013
Dallas City Council Passes Draconian Drilling Ordinance
KRLD Radio
December 17, 2013
Council Gives Wage Theft Ordinance Unanimous Passage
Houston Chronicle
November 21, 2013 - Houston City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt an ordinance aimed at deterring companies from stealing workers' wages and ensuring the city does not hire firms that do, though supporters acknowledged the measure's limited reach.
Bauer Business Focus: J. Wayne Ballew On Venezuela After Hugo Chávez
KUHF Radio
November 15, 2013 - Houston-based Superior Energy Services recently became the latest American company to have its assets in Venezuela seized by PDVSA, the country's state-run oil monopoly. J. Wayne Ballew is an attorney with the law firm of Gray, Reed & McGraw and an expert in Venezuelan oil issues. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week’s installment of the Bauer Business Focus.
Member Spotlight
State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section
November 13, 2013 - Gray Reed & McGraw's Sofia Adrogué is a Member (Partner) of Gray, Reed & McGraw, P.C.  She is a Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation “International Award Recipient”; a “Mujer Empresaria del Año” (Executive Women of the Year), Sucesos Newspaper & Solo Mujeres Magazine; a “Woman of Influence,” National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; a “Texas Super Lawyer,” Texas Monthly Magazine; a Texas’ Lawyers Top “40 Under 40”; a National Diversity Council “Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas”; a “TBOY Blazing Star,” Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce; a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber Hall of Fame Inductee; a Texas Executive Women “Woman on the Move”; a Houston  Chronicle Channel 11 “Texas Legend”; a Houston Jaycees “Outstanding Houstonian”; a Texas Jaycees “Outstanding Texan” and a U.S. Jaycees “Outstanding Young American.”
IRS Rev. Proc. 2013-14 Significantly Expands Grounds For Equitable Innocent Spouse Relief
State Bar of Texas' Texas Tax Lawyer Newsletter
November 12, 2013 - Various forms of relief for "innocent spouses" are found in the Internal Revenue Code; but only § 6015(f) relieves filers from responsibility for underpayments of tax shown on the face of a jointly-filed income tax return (as distinguished from audit deficiencies later determined by the IRS). Section 6015(f) provides for "equitable relief" if, based on the facts and circumstances, it would be inequitable to hold the individual liable for such taxes.
$2B Texas Water Vote Sets Stage for Infrastructure Push
Law 360
November 5, 2013 - Texas voters Tuesday approved a $2 billion infusion of state cash into a revolving loan fund for water infrastructure projects that will launch long-pending projects into reality and jump-start a flurry of development.
US Senators Soon To Vote On Dead-End Anti-Discrimination Law
KUHF Radio
November 5, 2013 - In just a few hours the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the employment non-discrimination act that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation would create a new class of employees with protected status.
Gray Reed Reaffirms a $900,000 Jury Verdict
Texas Lawbook
November 5, 2013 - The Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston upheld a Harris County jury decision last week that a local school district violated one of its ex-peace officer’s rights under the Texas Whistleblower Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
The Mobile Wallet
Money for Lunch Radio Show
October 17, 2013 - Matthew Sanderson shareholder at Gray Reed & McGraw, which is a full service, Texas based law firm of over 130 attorneys. Matt was previously an in-house attorney for a national healthcare IT company, and he currently serves as the outside general counsel of an international IT company.
Dallas to Houston in Just 90 Minutes
KERA Radio
October 9, 2013 - Imagine waking up in Dallas, going to Houston for lunch, and being back in Big D for a 3 p.m. meeting. Transportation planners say it’s not only possible, it could be an option in just a few years -- thanks to a fast-moving Texas company that plans to deploy fast-moving trains. 
Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions
The Advocate
October 8, 2013 - The State Bar of Texas published an article written by Gabe Vick in the most recent volume of “The Advocate,” which is the quarterly report of the State Bar’s Litigation Section.
Five Ways to Avoid Turbulence in the Cloud
Baylor Business Review
October 3, 2013 - The leader of a business considering a journey into the unsettled world of cloud computing could take a lesson from a pilot. Those who fly rely on flight dispatchers to help them avoid turbulence. That’s because the dispatcher’s vantage point, equipment and training provide a vision the pilot lacks.
Co-Author, Legislative Update 2013
State Bar of Texas Texas Bar Journal, Volume 76
September 13, 2013 -   Construction legislation in the 2013 session was much different from 2011. In 2011 many new construction-related laws were passed, including governance of indemnities and mechanic’s liens. In 2013 many significant construction-related bills were considered, but relatively few passed. Nevertheless, the few that did get signed into law are worthy of review.
The Clean Energy Company Bankruptcy: Here to Stay?
ABI Technology and Intellectual Property Committee Newsletter
August 5, 2013
Detroit Files Bankruptcy
July 25, 2013
Texas Rivals OPEC in Oil Production
July 15, 2013 - Gray Reed & McGraw attorney J. Wayne Ballew discusses with KTRH Radio the combination of factors fueling the growth of oil production in Texas.
Two Healthcare Worlds Colliding
National Association of Medical Staff Services Synergy
July/August 2013 - Dallas healthcare attorney Pat Souter weighs in on peer review and human resource issues in the medical field .
Caught Short When Your Dinner Tab Arrives ... Now What?
Dallas Observer
June 27, 2013 - We've all heard that if you don't have money to pay for your dinner they'll hand you an apron and put you to work washing dishes. This antiquated scenario is charming enough, but let's say you leave your wallet on the coffee table on your way out the door. After a full meal and a bottle of wine you reach for the cash and you've got nothing. Your guest also has nothing.
Intellectual Pursuits
Docket Call
Summer 2013 - Gray Reed and McGraw member David G. Henry was recently featured in Baylor Law School's Docket Call . Henry, an '86 BU Law grad, focuses his practice on Patent Litigation Prosecution and Defense; Patent and Trademark Strategic Planning, Prosecution and Licensing; and Trademark and Trade Secret Litigation.
IRS Controversy: What's The Potential Fallout?
WFAA TV, KRLD Radio, KUHF Radio, KTRH Radio
May 28, 2013 - After lawmakers question the IRS over the undue scrutiny the agency put on conservative groups that filed for tax-exempt status during the 2012 elections, they'll want to take action -- to hold people accountable and eventually consider legislation to amend any systemic problems that led to this kind of political discrimination. Norm Lofgren , a Member and tax attorney at Gray Reed & McGraw, was interviewed by a number of radio and TV media on the effects this recent controversy will have.
Physician Acquisitions and Mergers: Recent Developments in Light of Heightened Federal and State Governmental Enforcement
American Health Lawyers Association's Physician Organizations, Vol. 16, Number 1
April 2013 - As a result of various market conditions and reimbursement initiatives, the healthcare industry has witnessed increased activity in the area of physician consolidation. It is not uncommon for providers to attempt consolidation through the means of acquisitions, mergers, and other joint venture relationships. This activity may be based upon numerous reasons, such as meeting competition from larger independent physician groups or hospital-controlled physician practices or providing a broader geographic base for payor contracting purposes. Also, consolidation may be for the purpose of coordination of care, economies of scale, or being in a position to quickly and effectively address changes in the delivery of healthcare.
Why BMC Sale Could Affect Jobs In Houston
May 13, 2013 - BMC Software, which is headquartered in West Houston, has agreed to be bought by a private equity group for nearly $7 billion. It's a big change for a local company that may have fallen behind when it comes to an internet business model.
Safeguards Discussed For Preventing Social Media Distortion Of Markets
May 1, 2013 - A recent false report about explosions at the White House, posted on social media and picked up by news web sites, caused an immediate drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. So now, additional safeguards are being discussed.
Now That the SEC Likes Facebook, Companies Need to Up Their Social Media Game
Houston Business Journal
April 29, 2013 - Now that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will allow companies and executives to use social media to post earnings and other news, experts say it could be the tipping point for businesses that have been slow to join the social media fray to start tweeting.
Law School Graduates Sue Law Schools for Misrepresenting Their Job Placement Results
April 25, 2013 - Job openings for attorneys has recently been on the decline. Some law school graduates have joined in class-action lawsuits, alleging that law schools lured them in with misleading reports of success. Gray Reed attorney Cleve Clinton discusses with KTRH Radio's Matt Patrick on whether the graduates have any claims.
Questions Surface on Candidate's Residency in McAllen Election
The Monitor
March 25, 2013 - Three months before banker Sonia A. Falcon launched her campaign for McAllen City Commission District 6, she voted during the November 2012 general election — from District 3. Falcon’s ballot application, public records and voter data from the Hidalgo County Elections Department offer conflicting information about Falcon’s residency. The big question: Where does Falcon actually live?
Litigation, Regulation, Pollution and Risk Management in the Energy Market
World Risk & Insurance News
March 15, 2013