Richard E. Gray IIIRichard E. Gray III

Location:  Austin, Texas
Phone:  512-482-0061
Fax:  512-482-0924

Email:  Email Me

Background:

Mr. Gray represents individuals and businesses in complex litigation and family law matters. Mr. Gray’s practice focuses on all phases of litigation both from the plaintiff’s and defendant’s perspective as well as family law. Mr. Gray also represents, from time to time, governmental entities and individuals in litigation involving constitutional interpretation.

Notables:

  • Lead counsel for a coalition of 438 school districts in the largest school finance trial in Texas history, 2012-13;
  • Lead counsel for the poor school districts in the school finance litigation case Edgewood v. Kirby;
  • Represented the State of Texas in the prison reform litigation case Ruiz v. Estelle;
  • Represented the State of Texas in the higher education school finance litigation LULAC v. Richards;
  • Represented elected officials in redistricting litigation from 1980 to present.

Representative Experience:

  • Successfully sued the State of Texas in Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition, et al vs. Michael Williams, et al, a 2012-13 school finance litigation case in which six plaintiff groups sued the State of Texas regarding its system for funding public schools. In his decision, State District Judge John Dietz ruled favorably for the plaintiffs in finding the Texas school finance system was in violation of the Texas Constitution’s prohibition of a statewide property tax, as well as inadequate, and inequitable. The case is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court of Texas.
  • Represented a large drug store chain in a price fixing suit brought by an insurance carrier. Mr. Gray’s client was granted summary judgment in its favor on all claims. The case was appealed to the Texas Supreme Court with Mr. Gray’s client prevailing at every stage.
  • Lead counsel for school districts in a trial that lasted over three months Edgewood v. Kirby that lead to the reform of the entire Texas system of school finance.
  • Was retained by the State of Texas to defend how the state funded higher education in LULAC v. Richards and after a jury trial that lasted in excess of three and a half months, the State of Texas prevailed and its system of funding higher education was deemed constitutional.
  • Defended numerous physicians in medical malpractice cases, never having lost a medical malpractice suit.
  • Tried a mold case on behalf of a homeowner to a jury verdict in excess of $1 million dollars.
  • Settled after the first day of trial, a fraud case on behalf of a homeowner securing for that client substantially more than the client wanted when they first appeared at Mr. Gray’s office.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • General Litigation
  • Constitutional Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1976
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. cum laude – 1976
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
    • B.A. cum laude – 1973

Representative Cases

  • Kirby v. Edgewood Independent School Dist., 761 S.W.2d 859 (Tex.App.-Austin 1988)
    • Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition, et al vs. Michael Williams, et al (2013)

Representative Clients

  • Larry Peel & Company
  • Foll Creek Ranch L.P.
  • Aspen Heights
  • Anderson/Wise
  • Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Attorney General’s Office (Texas), Executive Assistant AG, 1980 – 1982
  • Attorney General’s Office (Texas), Special Assistant AG, 1983 – 1988

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Phi