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Melanie Gray is Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation Practice. She has extensive courtroom experience and is well known for litigating contract and business disputes. She regularly serves as a trusted advisor to companies who find themselves facing “bet-the-company” litigation risks or financial distress.
Melanie’s advocacy and interpersonal skills have earned her the respect of the judiciary, co-counsel, as well as opposing counsel. She represents a broad array of clients, ranging from exploration and production companies, to national insurance companies, airlines, investment funds, and real estate investment trusts. Clients appreciate her case management skills and her ability to understand their business and focus on their strategic goals.
Melanie is best known for managing complex cases requiring diverse teams of lawyers in different practice areas. As one of the lead attorneys representing Enron in its chapter 11 case, she coordinated the multitude of attorneys and firms working for Enron. She was a lead attorney in more than 30 lawsuits seeking to recover more than $1 billion due to the company under various financial derivative contracts. Her experience also extends to managing corporate internal investigations.
Melanie has served in leadership roles in a number of legal organizations, including serving on the board of the Houston Bar Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Committee on Law and Accounting of the Houston Bar Association, and the Texas Accounting and Lawyers for the Arts. She is a Founding Member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Melanie is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and a life member of the Texas Women Lawyers. She holds membership in other invitation-only organizations, including the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, the College of the State Bar of Texas, and Litigation Counsel of America.
Melanie currently serves as a Life Trustee of Syracuse University and on the Advisory Board of Syracuse University College of Law (her law school alma mater). She also serves as a Trustee of Baylor College of Medicine, chairs the national board of Girls Inc., and serves on the board of Society for the Performing Arts, Houston Area Women’s Center, Teen and Family Services, The Jung Center, and the Foundation for Jones Hall. She is also a founding member of the University of Texas Center for Women in the Law and a member of the Advisory Board of Rice University Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.