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
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

When is an Unforeseen Condition a “Differing Site Condition”?

Many construction contracts contain some version of a “differing site conditions” clause. It is found in the current version of AIA’s A201 general conditions, as well as in the EJCDC equivalent. It also appears in most state…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Government Contracting

Does Texas Have a New “Rule” in Conveyancing?

Subject-to, reservations-from, and exceptions-to problems have been lurking in the shadows of Texas jurisprudence for a while now, and the courts have been all over the map in recent holdings…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

Seismic Expenses are Deductible for the Seismic Shooter

Benjamin Franklin would be relieved. Just when it seems that the taxman always wins, he doesn’t. In CGG Americas, Inc. v. Commissioner the U. S. Tax Court concluded that a taxpayer need not own underlying hydrocarbons in order…more
 /  Energy & Utilities

How Not to Secure an Oil Well Lien in Louisiana

Rozel Operating v. Crown Point Holdings, LLC, et al., reminds one of the need to understand and apply the meaning of terms used in a statute one is attempting to enforce. And imaginative theories don’t work without evidence to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

An Oil Patch Morality Play – Part 2

We recently discussed Freeman v. Harleton. The opinion shows the transaction as a bunco job. Here’s more: Bufkin and Wayne Freeman have done business together since the 1980s. They had a co-development agreement with…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential

E-Commerce Disruption – Tenant’s Tizzy

For over a decade On the Skware Toy Soldiers and its owners, Boo & Woo, the Skware brothers, have enjoyed the shopping traffic brought to their retail store that’s located in the same shopping center as Athletics Authoritiez, a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Real Estate - Commercial

Some Quick Thoughts on Opening Statements, Closing Arguments and Jury Deliberations

This will likely be the last piece I write on last month’s trial. We are scheduled to start another trial in January 2018, with additional trials in April and May, and they may gin up some additional insights that I think are…more
 /  Civil Procedure

Pipeline Partnership Verdict Reversed

Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. et al v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. et al reversed one of the largest jury verdicts in Texas history. You will like this decision if... …more
 /  Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

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
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