Trenton Patterson
Associate

Good lawyering is rooted in understanding clients and fully appreciating what is most important to them. With zealous advocacy and pragmatic thinking, I partner with clients to resolve legal issues and best advance their business objectives. My goal is always to give clients peace of mind, so that their personal lives and business operations can proceed without fear of the future.

Trenton 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. Trenton partners with clients to identify all risks and chart a path towards reaching the best possible outcomes. 

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, Trenton 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. Trenton 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.

Honors
  • Top 40 Under 40 (Texas), The National Black Lawyers
  • Dean's List
  • Client Counseling Competition - First Place Winner
  • Cali Award - "Best in Class" Distinction for Lawyering Process
Organizational Involvement

Professional Organizational Involvement

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • J.L.Turner Legal Association

Community Organizational Involvement

  • Advocates for Educational Equity
Education
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2019)
  • M.Ed., The University of Texas at Arlington (2016)
  • B.A., The University of Texas (2013)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Language
  • Spanish - Conversational
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Playing video games with my nephew and helping my niece paint her nails
  • Being a super-fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns
  • Grilling in the company of family and friends
  • Mentoring young men in the South Dallas/Fair Park area where I grew up