Jeff Leach
Counsel, Gray Reed; Member, Texas House of Representatives

Jeff Leach’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of complex commercial and civil litigation, construction law and real estate. Jeff is also serving his third term in the Texas House of Representatives, representing House District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County. Since taking office in 2013, Jeff has served on the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, the House Committee on Government Transparency and Operation, the House Committee on Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Rules & Resolutions. Jeff also was elected by his colleagues to serve on the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee.

Jeff’s philosophy is to be an effective advocate by advising and counseling clients as to various options to resolve disputes and communicating directly with third parties and their counsel, Judges, arbitrators and mediators in an effort to efficiently resolve disputes before they reach trial or arbitration. If necessary, he will utilize his education and experience to advocate his client’s interests to Judges, Juries and/or arbitrators in adversarial settings.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of General Contractor in response to substantial bond claims asserted by a Subcontractor on a Project for the Trinity River Authority.
  • Represented design professional in dispute with Owner and General Contractor regarding services provided for the design and construction of the Venetian Phantom of the Opera Theatre Project in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Represented Developer in dispute with General Contractor regarding multi-million dollar hotel project, obtaining successful resolution of all affirmative claims and successful defense of all counterclaims asserted by Defendants.
  • Represented Hotel Owner in Interpleader Action in District Court, successfully negotiating settlements with numerous subcontractors and suppliers and obtaining removal of liens from Hotel property.
  • Represented Environmental Subcontractor in dispute with General Contractor on massive waste-storage facility in South Texas, obtaining successful resolution of all claims prior to trial.
  • Obtained successful results on behalf of Owners, General Contractors, Subcontractors and Sureties in disputes regarding commercial construction Projects throughout the United States.
  • Represented multi-million dollar Real Estate Developer in numerous lawsuits involving commercial properties across Texas, Alabama and Florida.
  • Defended public official against citizen’s defaming, libelous and slanderous remarks made in public forums and City Council Meetings.
  • Assisted District Attorney’s office in sentencing of a Criminal Defendant who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from client/victim in a Ponzi scheme
  • Represented commercial tenant in numerous dispute with landlord, obtaining complete recovery for tenant. 
Thought Leadership / News
August 16, 2018 
 Speeches and Presentations
Lone Star Legislative Update: Where Texas Is and Where Texas Is Headed in 2019
Construction Financial Management Association - Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
May 24, 2018 
 Speeches and Presentations
Texas Legislative Update:  Where We Are and Where We’re Headed
Leading Builders of America
April 10, 2018 
 Speeches and Presentations
Texas Legislative Issues Facing Housing & Affordability
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials - Texas Chapter - Annual Conference
First Issue 2018 
 Thought Leadership
NASPD Pipeline Magazine
  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2017-2018)
Organizational Involvement

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Construction Law Section
    • Business Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Construction Law Section
    • Business Litigation Section
  • TEXO - North Texas Association of General Contractors
    • Governmental Affairs Committee, Past-Member

Community Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Baylor University Alumni Association
    • Board of Directors, Past-Member
  • Baylor Business Network
    • Steering Committee, Past-Member
  • North Central Texas Council of Governments
    • Executive Board Member
  • Medical Center of Plano and Medical City Frisco
    • Board of Directors
  • Prestonwood Baptist Church
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2008)
  • B.A., Political Science, Baylor University, Student Body President (2005)
Bar Admission
  • Texas (2009)
Court Admission
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas