Gray Reed & McGraw

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1601 Elm Street
Suite 4600
Dallas, Texas 75201, United States
Contact: Michael Blachly, Director of Client Development
Phone: (214) 237-6370
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
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  • Elections & Politics
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
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  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Texas
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

An Oil Patch Morality Play – Part 1

You are selling properties. The buyer thinks you own the deep rights but you know your long-time partner owns them. You attend the closing. You don’t tell the buyer that he’s got the ownership wrong. You are protected by a…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

ICE is coming for Undocumented Workers – How to Prevent Corporate Frostbite

Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. If you compile recent headlines, you’ll know the President has implemented two…more
 /  Construction Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long

Suggestions to Texas lessors after ExxonMobil v. Lazy R Ranch, et al: Claiming that you were not aware of contamination from oil spills you’ve know about for 20 years is a tough sell, and suing your long-time lessee for…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Blame Game Fails Louisiana Casing Vendor

There’s no better place in the oil patch to play the blame game than 10,000 feet of leaky wellbore. What went wrong? In Justiss v. Oil Country Tubular Corporation, Justiss, a drilling contractor, entered into an IADC model…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Why Videotaped Deposition Testimony can be More Powerful than Live Witnesses

Although our judicial system historically prefers live witness testimony over testimony of witnesses through a deposition, today’s technology allows even seasoned trial lawyers the ability to present witnesses through videotaped…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

An Oldie but a Goodie: A Friendly Reminder About Firework Laws in Texas

We covered firework laws several times in the past but it’s always a good reminder as we approach the Fourth of July weekend where fireworks are more than likely in your plans. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you should…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Section 232 and Oil Country Tubular Goods

By now, you’ve heard the Trump Administration is conducting a “Section 232 Investigation” into the effect of imported steel and aluminum products on national security. Here’s a primer on the topic…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

An Unusual Way To Hold an Oil and Gas Lease

Here is what we believe is an unusual situation: A gas unit is formed. The gas well ceases to produce. Another gas well produces from an oil unit, but the lease at issue is not included in the oil unit. Is the lease perpetuated…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing

The climate change debate is too complex, agenda-driven, and politicized to be addressed adequately in these pages. But the hysteria and faux outrage over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord is…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Texas Mineral Deeds Survive the Statute of Frauds

According to Mr. Bumble, the law is an ass. I disagree (Know a lawyer who’s an ass? That’s another conversation). In Davis v. Mueller the law was not an ass, per se, but as applied by the Texas Supreme Court it showed little…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Limitations Runs on Nuisance Claims

When must a neighbor sue for nuisance and trespass or else be barred by limitations? It’s a tricky question. In Town of Dish et al v. Atmos Energy et al, the Texas Supreme Court concluded that the claims were time-barred. The…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities

Personal Insights into Arbitration and Trial

For nine years, Tilting the Scales has brought legal issues with a business slant –practical and conversation points. Many who we represent are entrepreneurs who prefer to avoid lawyers and, certainly, the courthouse. Few of our…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Louisiana Forced Pooling – Timing is Important

Trigger warning for Texas readers: This entry will discuss forced pooling. You may now retreat to your “safe space”, where “no guvment-sumbitch-bureaucrat can conspire with [name of large oil company] to steal my stripper well.”…more
 /  Energy & Utilities

Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified

We know that in Texas the mineral owner has the right to explore for and produce the minerals. What does that leave for the surface owner? In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC the Texas Supreme Court tells us he…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Suit For Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

You are a service company and you’ve been sued for a defective frac job. It looks scary but there’s no detail in the petition and no certificate of merit is attached…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities
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