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
Gray Reed was named to the BTI Client Service A-Team 2021, the gold standard (used by law firms and corporate counsel alike) to assess how law firms honestly stack up in client service delivery. One of only 252 firms singled out by corporate counsel, we were noted as a standout for understanding the client’s business, providing value for the dollar, unprompted communication and anticipating client needs.
Chambers & Partners recognized Gray Reed's healthcare, bankruptcy and M&A sections as leading practices in Texas in the Chambers USA 2021 legal directory. The trusts & estates practice was recognized as a leading practice in Texas in the Chambers High Net Worth 2021 legal directory.
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. Our rise in ranking over the years is as follows:
- 2018 - #16
- 2017 - #17
- 2016 - #17
- 2015 - #17
- 2014 – #17
- 2013 – #17
- 2012 – #21
- 2011 – #22
- 2010 – #29
- 2009 – #30
The firm ranked among the very best law firms in the United States in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranking. For the sixth year in a row, the firm’s tax and trust and estates sections earned a spot in the national rankings.
Gray Reed ranked #267 in the National Law Journal’s (an ALM Media Properties company) “Top 500” ranking in 2021.
In 2021, the firm ranked as the 15th largest law firm in Houston, according to the Houston Business Journal, and the 17th largest law firm in North Texas, according to the Dallas Business Journal.
Wealth & Finance INTL named Gray Reed 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.
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.
Exceptionally Talented Lawyers
Chambers & Partners recognized seven attorneys - Jay Aldis (labor & employment), Darrell Armer (healthcare), Jason Brookner (bankruptcy & restructuring), Aaron Kaufman (bankruptcy/restructuring), Paul Moak (bankruptcy/restructuring), Andrew Meyercord (healthcare) and Pat Souter (healthcare) - as leading lawyers in Texas in the Chambers USA 2021 legal directory. Glen Eichelberger (trusts/estates) and Brian Cororve (trusts/estates) were recognized in the 2021 Chambers High Net Worth Guide.
Two attorneys, Jason Brookner and Paul Moak, are named in Lawdragon's 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers 2020. Labor & Employment Partner Jay Aldis was named in Lawdragon's 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers 2022.
Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) recognized 68 Gray Reed attorneys in its 2022 rankings, including one attorneys who was named "Lawyer of the Year" and 15 named "Ones to Watch".
In 2021, 29 of our attorneys were recognized as Super Lawyers and 15 were recognized as Rising Stars by Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson-Reuters).
Houstonia Magazine included 30 Gray Reed attorneys in its 2020 Top Lawyers of Houston list.
D Magazine selected 12 Gray Reed attorneys as "Best Lawyers in Dallas" and "Best Lawyers Under 40" for 2020.
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.
Jeff Leach currently serves as the State Representative for the Texas House of Representatives for District 67 and mostly recently served as Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence during the 86th Legislative Session.
Jim Moseley served as a Justice for the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals from 1996 to 2014.
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.
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.
Because of the contributions made by Gray Reed attorneys and staff to the Houston community, the firm was recognized as an Outstanding Mid-Size Firm by the Houston Bar Foundation in 2017.
A Great Place to Work
Gray Reed is proud to be recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal and the Dallas Business Journal. Gray Reed has been consistently ranked as a Best Places to Work for the last ten years, an honor the firm feels is a testament to its unique culture. In 2021, the firm's Houston office ranked 3rd in the large company category (the highest ranking law firm) and in 2020, the firm's Dallas office ranked 24th in the medium company category.
Also, in 2021, Gray Reed ranked #5 in Vault's regional ranking for the Best Midsize Law Firms in Texas.