Honors & Achievements

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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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Recognition

In 1985, we set out to create a law firm that was different from any other law firm. To us, “client service” means more than providing first-rate legal service and being responsive to our clients’ business needs. Our objective is to become trusted business advisors that clients can depend upon now and in the future.

We are constantly reassessing our clients’ needs and this has helped us set precedent for the growth of our firm. We believe the best results are achieved by drawing on the exceptional talents and varied experience of all of our lawyers.

We strongly believe that we have a responsibility to help strengthen our communities. We encourage our lawyers to participate in the community whether it is pro bono work, government service, service to the bar or teaching.

While we are honored for the recognition for the work we have done, our true reward comes from the thanks we receive when we help our clients because satisfying our clients’ needs is what matters most.

A Growing Success

Texas Lawyer ranked Gray Reed & McGraw #17 on their 2014 list of the 100 largest law firms in Texas. The ranking is part of an annual survey conducted by Texas Lawyer, and is based on the number of attorneys employed in Texas. As one of Texas' fastest growing law firms, Gray Reed & McGraw has continued its upward trend in the Texas Lawyer rankings since 2004 when it was ranked 58th.

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

Gray Reed was selected as a Martindale-Hubbell 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firm. Gray Reed was recognized by Fortune Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell as one of the top nationally ranked law firms in the United States in 2012.  This honor was determined by having at least 33 percent of its attorneys achieving a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.

The Houston Business Journal gave Gray Reed & McGraw second place as one of the "2014 Best Places to Work" (for companies with 101 to 500 employees). Gray Reed's score was the top score of all law firms. This is the third year for Gray Reed to win that award. In addition, The Dallas Business Journal named Gray Reed & McGraw one of the "2010 Best Places to Work." With an overall score of 93.21 (out of 100) in a survey conducted by the Dallas Business Journal, Gray Reed & McGraw's score was the top score of all law firms with more than 15 attorneys. This is a testament to the atmosphere and culture we have created at Gray Reed & McGraw.

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

Gray Reed debuted on the National Law Journal's 350 Ranking in June 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 health care, tax and energy.Houston Business Journal ranked Gray Reed as the 19th largest law firm in Houston in 2013. Last year, Gray Reed was ranked 20th of the 26 firms listed. HBJ has also ranked Gray Reed among the top M&A law firms in the city. We debuted in 2013 as 21st out of 25.

Gray Reed & McGraw is pleased to announce that it ranked among the very best law firms in the United States in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" rankings.

Tier 1

  • Commercial Litigation - Houston
  • Health Care Law - Dallas
  • Litigation – Tax - Dallas

Tier 2

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law - Dallas
  • Energy Law - Dallas
  • Family Law - Houston
  • Litigation - Trusts & Estates - Houston
  • Tax Law - Dallas

Tier 3

  • Health Care Law - National
  • Litigation – Tax - National
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants - Houston
  • Trusts & Estates Law - Dallas
  • Trusts & Estates Law - Houston

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

The Houston Business Journal's 2013 ranking of Largest Houston-Area Law Firms ranked Gray Reed and McGraw the 19th largest law firm in Houston. The Dallas Business Journal's 2013 ranking of Largest Dallas-Area Law Firms ranked Gray Reed & McGraw the 26th largest law firm in Dallas.

Gray Reed was recognized as a "2012 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.

Gray Reed & McGraw was honored as a Dynasty Law Firm by the University of Houston Law Center on March 29, 2008. This is the first time the University of Houston has ever honored a law firm.

Fortune Magazine Top Ranked Law FirmThe Texas Lawyer 2011 Top 100 Law Firms Ranking also singled Gray Reed & McGraw out as the third fastest growing law firm (growing 9.38% during 2010) in Texas of the top 25 law firms. 

The Houston Chronicle ranked Gray Reed & McGraw #14 as a Top Workplace in Houston (in the small companies category). Of the law firms that competed, Gray Reed & McGraw ranked first.

Exceptionally Talented Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) recognized 15 Gray Reed & McGraw attorneys in its 2015 rankings, up from 12 in 2014. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Selection as a Best Lawyer in America is a high honor due to the 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

  • Darrell Armer – Health Care Law
  • Mary Axelrad - Real Estate Law
  • Daryl Bailey – Commercial Litigation
  • Jason Brookner - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law 
  • Gayla Crain - Employment Law – Management and Litigation and Labor and Employment
  • Norm Lofgren – Trusts & Estates
  • Jim McGraw – Commercial Litigation
  • Andy Meyercord – Corporate Law; Health Care Law
  • Jim Ormiston – Commercial Litigation
  • Jim Reed – Commercial Litigation
  • Ken Rhodes – Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Tom Rhodus – Litigation & Controversy - Tax; Tax Law
  • Joe Royce – Litigation - Trusts & Estates; Trusts & Estates
  • Kyle Sanders – Family Law
  • Charlie Sartain – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law

Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson-Reuters) included 27 Gray Reed & McGraw lawyers in its 2014 list recognizing the nation’s top legal talent. Only five percent of nominated lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion.

  • Sofia Adrogué - Business Litigation
  • Amy Allen - Family Law
  • Darrell Armer - Healthcare
  • Scott Aston - Business Litigation
  • Daryl Bailey - Business Litigation
  • Jason Brookner - Bankruptcy
  • Gayla Crain - Employment
  • Ruth Ann Daniels - Employment
  • Scott Funk - Business Litigation
  • David Gair - Tax
  • Cary Gray - Business Litigation
  • J. J. Hardig - Business Litigation
  • David Henry -Intellectual Property
  • Andy Landry -Civil Litigation Defense
  • Norm Lofgren - Trusts & Estates
  • Robert Mangum - Real Estate
  • James McGraw - Business Litigation
  • Andrew Meyercord - Healthcare
  • James Ormiston - Business Litigation
  • James Reed - Business Litigation
  • Kenneth Rhodes - Personal Injury Defense: Products
  • Tom Rhodus - Tax
  • Greg Sampson - Trusts & Estates
  • Kyle Sanders - Family Law
  • Charles Sartain - Business Litigation
  • April Terry - Business Litigation
  • Paul Yale - Energy

Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson-Reuters) designated 15 Gray Reed & McGraw lawyers as Rising Stars in 2014, up-and-coming attorneys in their field under the age of 40 or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

  • Mitch Ackal - Business Litigation
  • Amy Allen - Family Law
  • Clint Brown - Family Law
  • Travis Crabtree - First Amendment/Media/Advertising
  • David Gair - Tax
  • Jenny Givens - Healthcare
  • Jonathan Hyman - Business Litigation
  • Ashley Johnston - Healthcare
  • Russell Jumper - Business Litigation
  • Preston T. Kamin - Business Litigation
  • Joe Nelson - Healthcare
  • Lindsey Postula - Real Estate
  • Matt Sanderson - Business/Corporate
  • Gabe Vick - Business Litigation
  • Drew York - Class Action/Mass Torts

 

H-Texas Magazine designated four Gray Reed & McGraw Houston 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 & McGraw attorneys as "Best Lawyers in Dallas" for 2014. Those selected include:

  • Andy Meyercord - Healthcare
  • David Gair - Tax Litigation

Five Star Wealth Magazine and Texas Monthly designated one Gray Reed & McGraw lawyer as "Five Star Estate Planning Attorney" for 2014. He has been awarded this honor since 2010.

  • Norm Lofgren - Estate Planning

Leaders In The Community

 

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 home to more than 3.6 million residents (one of the largest counties in the nation). In addition, 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.

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