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April 27, 2022 
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Gray Reed Associate Selected to Top 40 Under 40 by The National Black Lawyers

Gray Reed Associate Trenton Patterson was invited to join the elite network of the Top 40 Under 40 African American attorneys in Texas by The National Black Lawyers, an organization dedicated to recognizing and highlighting African American legal excellence. This honor is limited to the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in each state who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.

Patterson was selected after a rigorous nomination and vetting process. Characteristics of attorneys included on the Top 40 Under 40 list include:

  • Outstanding reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public
  • Notable achievements, settlements, and verdicts as a lawyer
  • Nominations from leading lawyers, current members, and Executive Committee members
  • Leadership and membership in other national and state specialty lawyer organizations
  • Rankings and ratings by leading national evaluation organizations

At Gray Reed, Patterson practices complex commercial litigation across various industries including oil & gas, construction and real estate. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in several matters involving contract disputes, mineral rights, data breaches, fraud and construction defects. Prior to joining Gray Reed as an associate, he attended SMU Dedman School of Law where he had the privilege of serving as Chief Counsel of the VanSickle Family Law Clinic. As Chief Counsel, he represented indigent clients in divorce proceedings and advocated for children in tumultuous living situations. In addition to participating in Gray Reed's Summer Associate Program in 2018, Patterson also gained valuable in-house experience as a summer law clerk for CenterPoint Energy and trial experience at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Patterson is a proud native of South Dallas, Texas, and is deeply connected to the people and communities that make Dallas such a great place for families and businesses.

About Gray Reed 

A full-service Texas law firm with offices in Dallas, Houston and Waco, Gray Reed provides legal services to companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500 as well as high net worth individuals. Gray Reed attorneys assist clients with a myriad of legal issues including commercial litigation, corporate transactions, oil and gas, tax planning and litigation, real estate, construction, healthcare, trusts and estates, employment law, family law, intellectual property and bankruptcy. For more information, visit