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
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Elections & Politics
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
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  • 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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Other U.S. Locations
  • Texas
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

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

Oil Field Contamination Award Upheld

Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Inc. et al deserves your attention for four reasons: You won’t see another one involving damage to a rhinoceros pen..…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Did This “Deed” Convey Fee Simple or an Easement?

BNSF v. Chevron Midcontinent LP et al. asked whether a 1903 deed granted BNSF’s predecessor a strip of land in fee simple absolute or only an easement. The result: BNSF holds only an easement. There’s more to the case than an…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

A Development in Earthquakes and Fracking

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating LLC et al is news more shocking than “Man Bites Dog”! A federal court has acknowledged that others are better equipped to address certain issues than the judiciary!…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Selecting an Advisory Board – Do’s & Don’ts

Beginning as a part-time college job walking friends’ dogs, Cary Barker’s full time business now employs over 30 college students to walk neighborhood dogs and to deliver them for daily activities to and from his Barkingham…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

The Grave Reality of a Cemetery on Your Property

A huge fan of the Hill Country, Skare D. Katz buys a large piece of undeveloped land from the Solable Family outside of Austin. Skare D. plans to build a ranch for retirement. One Saturday while Skare D. is visiting the…more
 /  Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Hydrocarbons Win One and Lose One in Battles With Crawfish

In re: Louisiana Crawfish Producers arises out of the collision between two of Louisiana’s favored enterprises: crawfish and hydrocarbons…more
 /  Business Torts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Maritime Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Rejecting Midstream Agreements in Bankruptcy – the Journey Continues

One of the hottest issues from 2016 was whether an E&P debtor can reject, under section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, an above-market midstream contract. Given the potential for a “no-win” situation, in all but one case where the…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities
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