Michael Blachly
Director of Client Development

As the Director of Client Development for Gray Reed, Michael brings more than 15 years of experience in corporate marketing, business development and corporate communications primarily centered on driving business in the professional services sector.

Michael provides Gray Reed strategic direction on the firm’s business development and marketing initiatives and leads a team responsible for business development, marketing/branding, marketing technology, creative production, research, public relations and events. He is collaborative, a consensus-builder, highly organized, and a results-oriented problem solver. 

Prior to joining Gray Reed, Michael directed the marketing and communications for the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Cornerstone Credit Union League and his own political consulting firm, Hamby & Blachly. 

Michael graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and from the SMU Cox School of Business’s Graduate Marketing Program. 

He is a founding member of the Legal Marketing Association's Texas Chapter, served as Past-President of LMA's Southwest Region and has held numerous leadership positions within LMA. He was was recognized by LMA as the first recipient of the LMA Southwest Region President’s Award.  

Michael regularly speaks on marketing and business development and has presented to numerous organizations including the Legal Marketing Association, Southern Methodist University, Baylor University and the International Association of Business Communicators. 

Michael is also a passionate photographer and has pursued the hobby for most of his life. To view Michael's photography portfolio, go to www.michaelblachly.com.  

Thought Leadership / News
October 5, 2018 
 Speeches and Presentations
Who Do You Think You Are? Building Your Personal Brand to Drive New Business
Lexwork International Global Conference
May 2018 
 In the News
Legal Marketing Association Southwest Region News
May 17, 2018 
 Speeches and Presentations
ON24 / Legal Marketing Association Webinar
April 10, 2018 
 Speeches and Presentations
Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference
Honors
  • Recognized by the Legal Marketing Association as the first recipient of the LMA Southwest Region President’s Award in 2018. 
  • Gray Reed won honorable mention in the Legal Marketing Association’s 2016 Your Honor Awards in the Website category for its internet microsite system that allows for the creation of mini-websites relating to niche areas of law or legal issues.
  • The Legal Marketing Association, International Association of Business Communicators and the American Advertising Awards recognized Gray Reed in 2015 for its advertising campaign “Lawyer Jokes”. The campaign uses “old school” lawyer jokes but with the twist that they really are not jokes at all.
Related Employment
  • Director of Communications - Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University (2003 - 2008)
  • Communications & Marketing Consultant, Hamby & Blachly LLC (2002 - 2003)
  • Communications Director, Texas Credit Union League (1999 - 2002)
Organizational Involvement

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Legal Marketing Association (2008 - Present)
    • Past President - Southwest Region (2018)
    • President - Southwest Region (2017)
    • President-Elect - Texas Chapter (2016)
    • Secretary - Texas Chapter (2012 - 2013)
    • Chair - Dallas Local Group Chapter (2010)
  • Lexwork International (2010 - Present)
    • Marketing Chair (2017 - 2018)
    • Governing Board (2010 - Present)
    • Marketing Committee (2010 - Present)
  • American Marketing Association (2014 - 2017)
    • Dallas Chapter Mentor Program (2014 - 2016)

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Family Compass (a child abuse prevention center)
    • Advisory Board (2013 - Present)
  • Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
    • Young Professionals Steering Committee (2014 - 2016)
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
    • Marketing & Communications Advisory Board (2011 - 2012)
  • Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
    • Master of Ceremonies (2008 - Present)
    • Verger (2010 - Present)
Education
  • Graduate Marketing Certificate, Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business (2008)
  • B.S., Journalism, Texas A&M University (1999)
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Avid photographer (check out my work at www.michaelblachly.com)
  • Traveling (and photographing) the world
  • Exploring the Dallas food scene
  • Spending time with my wife, family and dogs