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

My clients rely on me, as their primary counsel and partner, to be laser focused on protecting and planning for every aspect of their business, both now and in the future. I help them solve their problems and avoid problems altogether. And if they have a challenge I, myself, cannot solve, I’ll assemble and lead the right team of lawyers who can. 

Jeff Leach’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of complex commercial and civil litigation, construction law and real estate. He is also serving his fourth 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 Economic and Small Business Development, the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, the House Committee on Government Transparency and Operations and the House Committee on Rules & Resolutions. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Urban Affairs and was elected by his colleagues to serve on the Texas House Republican Caucus Policy Committee. Most recently, during the 86th Legislative Session, Jeff served as Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence.

At Gray Reed, Jeff serves as outside general counsel for general contractors and various other construction clients, handling everything from litigation and transactions to employment issues, regulatory compliance and taxation. He also frequently steps outside of his core practice and lends a hand to the firm’s other clients in a variety of special projects, such as explaining the impact of new legislation and statutory and regulatory challenges on the horizon.

Jeff’s philosophy is to be an effective advocate by advising clients on the various options to resolve disputes and communicating directly with opposing parties and their counsel, judges, arbitrators and mediators in an effort to resolve disputes efficiently without the need for trial or arbitration. If necessary, he will leverage his education and experience to fully protect his client’s interests in adversarial proceedings, be it in the courtroom or in arbitration.

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
November 6, 2019 
 Speeches and Presentations
Overview of Issues

Texas Civil Justice League: Construction Law & Risk Management Conference

February/March 2019 
 Thought Leadership

Build Houston Magazine

Honors
  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2017 - 2019)
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
Education
  • 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