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Pursuing Unrivaled Results bringing a new perspective to the practice of law.

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Pursuing Unrivaled Results bringing a new perspective to the practice of law.

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t takes more than an extensive knowledge of

the law to generate the right results for a client’s unique business needs and goals. At Gray Reed & McGraw, we think beyond the traditional interpretations of the law, bringing a new dimension for more efficient solutions. We find creative ways to make things work by approaching issues as opportunities, not as problems, while incorporating a high level of expertise. We serve as consultants to our clients because we understand business, not just the law. And that’s what makes us a different kind of law firm.


viewing every challenge as the next opportunity.

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or change, for protection, for a resolution,

for more – even before meeting a client, we believe the possibilities for results are endless.

Years of experience and determination have enabled the consistent delivery of big-firm results with small-firm efficiency. This ability is founded on our belief that achieving success for clients only happens by their definition of success. Achieving an end result without regard to time or cost would be irresponsible. And that’s why these considerations are paramount. We impart responsive consulting services as well as practical business advice, assuring a positive and smooth journey through the legal process. By delivering sophisticated legal services in a streamlined manner and knowing how to seize the right opportunities, results are maximized.


Making It Our Business To Know Yours Our philosophy is reflected in the way we generate solutions for clients. There are no limits to how we approach an issue – our goals are always aligned with those of our clients. With that in mind, our vastly experienced and highly resourceful teams achieve success quickly and efficiently in each of the specific practice areas represented on the following pages.


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arbitration & alternative dispute resolution Commercial disputes are increasingly being adjudicated by arbitration rather than by traditional litigation. Our lawyers have extensive experience in both domestic and international arbitrations, including arbitrations administered by the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. In addition, the firm’s lawyers regularly participate in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediations, focus groups and summary jury trials. ii.

banking & finance The Banking & Finance team serves to advise banks, financial services and borrowers on all aspects of their financing needs, including real estate related lending and asset based loans. Our expertise includes loan negotiations and documentation relating to commercial, acquisition and development, industrial, and residential loans, collection and litigation, loan workouts, foreclosure actions, bankruptcy, fraudulent transfer litigation, and note and letter of credit enforcement. iii.

bankruptcy & corporate restructuring Gray Reed’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy group draws on sophisticated business advisory and crisis management experience to assist clients through the chaos and confusion of financial distress. We pride ourselves in attaining favorable outcomes for a wide array of constituents in complex workout, restructuring, bankruptcy, negotiation and litigation scenarios. Our clients and experience include debtors, creditors, trustees, committees, strategic purchasers, directors and officers, and other constituents in workout and restructuring situations. iv.

class action & mass action Gray Reed has prosecuted and defended class actions and mass actions for almost two decades. We continue to seek class certification in a wide range of cases, including those involving oil and gas royalties, consumer protection, natural gas market manipulation, biotechnology issues and agriculture. v.

commercial litigation At its core, Gray Reed is a business law firm. Accordingly, our trial lawyers handle all manner of complex business disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. Our trial lawyers have earned a splendid reputation handling cases in state and federal courts across Texas and the nation. We regularly try and arbitrate cases involving a wide variety of industries – energy, real estate, healthcare, construction, technology, and franchising.


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construction Gray Reed represents owners, design professionals, construction managers, contractors and their sureties, subcontractors, and suppliers on projects ranging from residential remodeling and construction disputes to the development of public-private partnerships for heavy, civil infrastructure. The Construction team is experienced in all aspects of construction law, including project structuring and finance, construction document preparation and negotiation, perfection of lien and bond rights, contract claim preparation, presentation and defense, as well as litigation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our industry-experienced team also handles matters involving disadvantaged business participation credits, small / minority / women owned business certifications, occupational safety and health inspections, and wage classifications. We assist our construction industry clients from project conception through completion and, when necessary, the last appeal. vii.

corporate & securities

understanding business beyond the law

With experience in a wide range of business transactions across a number of industries, members of the Corporate team serve clients in the following areas: business planning, contracts, copyrights/trademarks, corporate governance and compliance, administrative law, joint ventures, management consulting, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and investment funds, and venture capital. In addition, our Securities team advises clients in registered offerings. Such registered offerings include initial underwritten registered offerings, reverse mergers with public shell companies, follow-on offerings, and resale registration statements as well as shelf registrations of securities issued by public companies pursuant to employee benefit plans. We assist clients on a regular basis with reporting, disclosure, and corporate governance, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and insider trading issues. viii.

employment Gray Reed advises and represents clients on the intricacies of all phases of the employment relationship. Our experience includes representing clients in administrative claims before the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as litigating all types of discrimination claims against management. We also are involved in drafting and implementing executive contracts and employment policies. ix.

energy Gray Reed covers almost every facet of the rapidly evolving energy industry. Its well known energy litigation experience and expertise combines with its broad corporate energy and oil and gas transactional proficiencies to provide a truly full service energy practice with a high level of comprehensiveness, quality, and cost effectiveness. Its specific legal expertise and experience in the energy field includes energy litigation, arbitration, mediation, mergers and acquisitions, SEC compliance, energy financing (public and private), asset sales and divestitures, title examinations and curative, oil and gas lease negotiations, operating agreements, farmout negotiations, unitization, pooling, natural gas sales and processing, crude oil and natural gas gathering and transportation, pipeline condemnations, facilities agreements, master services agreements, regulatory advice, and many other energy related legal matters, offshore and offshore, both in the domestic USA as well as in international energy arenas.


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family law The members of our Family Law practice understand the legal, financial, and emotional complexities related to family law disputes. Our attorneys support clients in matters ranging from the management of large, intricate property cases to the sensitive handling of childrelated proceedings. Our expertise includes all aspects of family law, including asset protection, prenuptial agreements, complex valuation and characterization of property, divorce, adoptions, child support and custody, enforcement of orders, modifications, and paternity. xi.

general civil litigation With cases involving serious impacts on human health and real property, our team has developed one of the most experienced and respected litigation practices in Texas. We have served both plaintiffs and defendants all over the United States in toxic tort, product liability, and premises liability practice areas. We have successfully handled thousands of personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims arising out of claimed exposure to toxic substances. Our team also possesses diverse expertise in cases involving manufacturing equipment, cranes, turbine generators, construction equipment, pharmaceuticals, front-end loaders, and lawn equipment. Our all-encompassing service includes jury trials, bench trials, injunction proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, and appellate matters, while using preventative litigation strategies, crisis management, and public relations expertise. xii.

healthcare We represent a broad spectrum of healthcare clients, including healthcare systems, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, non-profit health corporations, physician practices, dental and orthodontic practices, medical device manufacturers, imaging and other diagnostic centers, pharmacy providers and long-term care facilities. Our areas of expertise include strategic mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, contract negotiation and drafting, clinical alignment strategies, analysis of key compliance issues (including Stark, Anti-Kickback, and HIPAA), preparation and implementation of corporate compliance programs, healthcare reimbursement, managed care contracting, and representation before various regulatory bodies. xiii.

intellectual property Gray Reed’s IP team helps companies navigate the intricacies of intellectual property issues within the context of their grander business goals. Not only are we skilled patent attorneys, we are also experienced litigators, which differentiates us and enables us to serve our clients more efficiently. Our significant patent prosecution practice rounds out our capabilities and positions us to strategically build and protect your patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret-related assets in the global marketplace.

creating solutions through expertise


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maritime & admiralty Admiralty, or maritime law, predates this nation’s founding and will have an impact on business for decades to come. Gray Reed’s admiralty lawyers represent a wide variety of port, marine and offshore energy companies and insurers. Our depth of knowledge comes from years of experience dealing with a vast array of issues including offshore oil and gas operations, offshore pipelines, blue and brown water transportation, cargo, marine construction, personal injury claims, dock and bridge claims, salvage, maritime products liability litigation, marine risk transfers, including indemnity and insurance issues, maritime contracts and liens, charter disputes, pollution and general average. In the marine environment, property losses often impose immediate threats to health, safety and the environment. Downtime and loss of production can result in large economic losses. Our team works with experts to immediately address property damage resulting from navigational errors, product failures, offshore drilling and downhole losses, fire, oil spills, pipeline incidents and other catastrophic events. xv.

real estate

engaging in partnerships with clients

Gray Reed’s real estate practice maintains a high level of experience and expertise in all aspects of real estate law and includes two board certified commercial real estate law attorneys. The real estate section represents landlords, lenders, property managers, franchisees, and clients involved in all manner of sophisticated commercial transactions, including acquisitions and sales, planning and development, property owner associations, condominium, townhome and subdivision development, leasing and leasing financing issues, condemnation, real estate investment and financing, real estate tax (including matters involving Real Estate Investment Trusts, like-kind exchange transactions, property valuation and tax matters), and structured real estate transactions. In addition to the firm’s broad-based transactional practice, its litigators handle diverse property, tax, and real estate matters before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and boards, and taxing authorities. xvi.

taxation & tax litigation Gray Reed’s tax attorneys provide comprehensive advice and counsel for individuals, all types of business entities and nonprofit organizations. Our advice and counsel covers every major type of tax issue on the state, federal and international levels. Our representation is equally thorough, as we counsel on creative income tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning and asset protection, executive compensation and ERISA, audit representation, IRS administrative hearings, tax litigation, and white collar/tax criminal defense. Our tax attorneys are highly credentialed in terms of experience and educational achievements. xvii.

trusts & estates Planning the accumulation, management, and transfer of wealth in the most efficient manner involves development and implementation of strategies across a broad spectrum. We provide expertise for our clients in business planning, estate planning (including trusts, wills, and beneficiary designations), durable powers of attorney, health care advance directives, administration of estates and trusts, creation and management of charitable foundations, asset protection, and offshore strategies. If necessary, we litigate and defend trust and probate disputes.


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