Honors & Achievements

Offices

Dallas
1601 Elm Street, Suite 4600
Dallas, TX 75201
214.954.4135 F: 214.953.1332
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Houston
1300 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77056
713.986.7000 F: 713.986.7100
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In 1985, we set out to create a law firm that was unlike any other. We provide more than just first-rate legal service in response to our clients’ business needs. Our objective is to become trusted business advisors that our clients depend on now and in the future.

Because of this, we’re constantly reassessing our clients’ needs. We believe the best results are achieved by drawing on the talents and experiences of all our attorneys.

While we are honored for the recognition we’ve received for our work, the real reward comes from satisfying our clients’ needs.

A Growing Success

Texas Lawyer has included Gray Reed on its list of the Largest Law Firms in Texas since 2004. This ranking is part of an annual survey conducted by Texas Lawyer, and is based on the total number of attorneys employed in Texas.

One of the state’s fastest growing law firms, Gray Reed continues its upward trend since first appearing 58th on Texas Lawyer’s list in 2004. Of the top 25 law firms mentioned on the list, Gray Reed was singled out as the second fastest growing law firm in 2016.

Our rise in ranking over the years is as follows:

  • 2016 - #17
  • 2015 - #17
  • 2014 – #17
  • 2013 – #17
  • 2012 – #21
  • 2011 – #22
  • 2010 – #29
  • 2009 – #30
  • 2008 – #34
  • 2007 – #40
  • 2006 – #49
  • 2005 – #53
  • 2004 – #58

The firm ranked among the very best law firms in the United States in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" rankings. Highlighted practices included:

Tier 1

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation – Tax

Tier 2

  • Health Care Law - National
  • Litigation - Tax - National
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Energy Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Tier 3

  • Trusts & Estates Law - National
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Tax Law
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law

Martindale-Hubbell selected Gray Reed as a 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firm, and, with Fortune Magazine, named Gray Reed one of the top nationally ranked law firms in the United States. This honor is only awarded to law firms where at least 33 percent of the attorneys hold a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.

In 2013, Gray Reed was named a Texas Excellence Award winner by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce.

Gray Reed also debuted on the National Law Journal's (NLJ) 350 Ranking in June of 2013.  The list features the top 350 firms in the United States, as ranked by number of attorneys. NLJ's 350 also cited Gray Reed's success in transactions and litigation, with a focus on our healthcare, tax and energy practices.

The Houston Business Journal ranked Gray Reed as the 18th largest law firm in Houston in 2016. Last year, Gray Reed was ranked 20th of the 26 firms listed. The firm has been ranked among the top Houston M&A law firms by the Journal, debuting on the top 25 list in 2013. Additionally, the firm continues to be named to the Journal’s Largest Real Estate Law Firms List, most recently appearing on the 2016 list.

Wealth & Finance INTL named Gray Reed & McGraw a "Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016, the USA" for our involvement in high-profile and complex corporate cases, our demonstrated excellence in client service and our innovation.

The Dallas Business Journal's ranking of the Largest North Texas Law Firms in 2015 ranked the firm 21st of the 26 firms listed.

Gray Reed was recognized as a "2015 Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies in the United States." Nominees were chosen from an American Legal Media national survey of General Counsel from Fortune 500 Companies coupled with in-depth research & analysis of various public filings and resources. This honor puts Gray Reed in an exclusive group of firms that deliver exceptional work for the Fortune 500.

Also in 2015, Gray Reed was named a Top 20 Law Firm by Law360.

Gray Reed was honored as a Dynasty Law Firm by the University of Houston Law Center in 2008. This was the first time the University of Houston has ever honored a law firm.

Exceptionally Talented Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) recognized 21 Gray Reed attorneys in its 2017 rankings. This was an increase from the 15 attorneys named in 2015

Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Selection as a Best Lawyer in America is the result of a peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Twenty-eight Gray Reed attorneys were recognized in 2016 as among the nation’s top legal talent by Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson-Reuters). Only five percent of nominated lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion.

Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson-Reuters) also designated 19 Gray Reed lawyers as Rising Stars in 2016. These “Rising Stars” are considered up-and-coming attorneys who are under the age of 40 or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

H-Texas Magazine designated four of Gray Reed’s Houston-based lawyers as "Top Lawyers" in 2014. Only two percent of the nominated lawyers are selected for inclusion.

  • Travis Crabtree - Business Litigation
  • Jack Emmott - Family Law
  • Jonathan Hyman - Business Litigation
  • George Rustay - Family Law

D Magazine selected two Gray Reed attorneys as "Best Lawyers in Dallas" for 2015.

Five Star Wealth Magazine and Texas Monthly named Gray Reed attorney Norm Lofgren a "Five Star Estate Planning Attorney" in 2015. Norm has received this honor since 2010.

Leaders in the Community

We believe we have a responsibility to help strengthen our communities, and encourage our attorneys to invest in their community through pro bono work, government service, service to the Bar, teaching and more.

Jack Rains served as Texas’ 95th Secretary of State and as the founding Chairman of the Board of the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, which brought Reliant Stadium to Houston.

Robert Eckels served as Harris County Judge—a role in which he oversaw the executive, legislative and judicial functions of a Texas county that is called home by more than 3.6 million people (one of the largest counties in the nation). He also served six terms as a state representative in the Texas Legislature.

Jeff Leach currently serves as the State Representative for the Texas House of Representatives for District 67.

William Morris served as Associate Judge for the Harris County 247th Family District Court from 1982 to 1993.

Joe Coleman received the Baylor Lawyer of the Year award in 2008, which is given annually to an outstanding alumnus who has brought honor and distinction to Baylor Law School and the legal profession. Joe served on the Baylor Board of Regents from 1998-2007. He was also a member of the Baylor Foundation Board of Directors.

Claude Wilson, who is also a CPA, served as President of the Texas Society of CPAs and the Dallas CPA Society.

Sofia Adrogué is a prolific community leader and has been recognized by numerous organizations and charities for her efforts. Some of these include being recognized as by Texas Executive Women as a "Woman on the Move," by Houston Women Magazine as one of “Houston's 50 Most Influential Women,” by the Houston Chronicle as a “Texas Legend,” by ABC Channel 13 as a "Woman of Distinction," by Houston Jaycees as a "Outstanding Houstonian," by Texas Jaycees as an "Outstanding Texan," as well as by U.S. Jaycees as an "Outstanding American". She is a recipient of a "Barbara Jordan Legacy Award" bestowed by the National Council of Negro Women, Barbara Jordan Houston Section; the 2009 Executive Woman of the Year by Talento Bilingüe de Houston; a 2005 YWCA Woman of Achievement; a 2005 Neuhaus Education Center "Icon"; and a Hispanic Business Magazine "Elite Woman". The City of Houston has recognized Sofia with a proclamation of July 10, 2004 as "Sofia Adrogué Day."

Jack Emmott, an advocate for those with disabilities, has served on numerous organizations and boards that support those with disabilities. In particular, he Chaired the Coalition for Barrier Free Living, the Houston Center for Independent Living, the Houston Mayor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, and the City of Houston Commission on Disabilities.

A Great Place to Work

Since 2010, The Houston ChronicleDallas Morning NewsHouston Business Journal or Dallas Morning News have recognized Gray Reed multiple times as one of the top places to work in the city.

For the fourth time, the Houston Business Journal awarded Gray Reed second place in its 2015 list of Best Places to Work (for companies with 101 to 500 employees). Gray Reed was also one of three law firms named a Best Place to Work in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal.

The Houston Chronicle ranked Gray Reed & McGraw 14th on its Top Workplaces in Houston (in the small companies category) list. Of the law firms that competed, Gray Reed & McGraw ranked first.