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Melissa WrayMelissa Wray, Senior Counsel

Senior Counsel

Email: Mwray@dalyblack.com

Melissa Wray is an experienced litigator who has represented clients on both sides of a wide variety of litigation matters, including commercial litigation, labor and employment, civil rights, personal injury, toxic tort, and intellectual property. Melissa has tried cases in state and federal court and has extensive motion practice experience. She has successfully briefed and argued cases to Texas courts of appeal and the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit.

Melissa began her legal career with Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP, one of the largest full-service law firms in the Southwest. She was an associate for two years in the Austin office of California-based Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP, which was at the time one of the largest law firms in the country, and worked for Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, LLP, a well-respected boutique firm in Waco, Texas. Prior to joining Daly & Black, PC, Melissa maintained a successful solo practice, often being hired by other lawyers to handle complex dispositive motion and appellate briefing and oral argument.

Melissa is very involved in the schools and extracurricular activities of her three children, Morgan, Miles, and Marshall. In her spare time, she enjoys running and reading.

Education

  • University of Houston, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Houston Law Review
  • Order of the Barristers
  • National Trial Competition Runner-Up, 1997
  • Texas Invitational Champion & Best Advocate, 1996
  • ATLA Regional Mock Trial Champion, 1996
  • Baylor University, B.A., 1994
  • American Policyholder Association - Professional Member
  • Super Lawyers 2018
  • Avvo Clients' Choice
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • H Texas Magazine
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Top Attorneys 2014
  • Chambers USA
  • Top 100 Verdicts
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms - Commerical Litigation 2016
  • Best Law Firms 2016
  • Best Lawyers 2018
  • America's Top 100

Trusted & Recommended
by Our Clients

  • I would highly recommend Daly and Black PC!!

    “I would highly recommend Daly and Black PC!! Specifically I would like to thank Mr. James Willis and his team. They were very helpful prompt and professional in helping correct a right from wrong and getting them to pay. Too often and so sad that these insurance companies expect their payment monthly but are unwilling to do the right thing when it comes time. I would definitely use this firm again and I appreciate them!!”

    Gary Reed

  • We’ll gladly recommend you to others!

    “THANK YOU all very much for your professional dedication that got us to the right and just conclusion. We can now get our badly damaged and dilapidated roof replaced, which will give us immense piece of mind, particularly in the current weather situation. We cannot thank you all enough for standing up for our rights and, through appropriate legal processes, have provided us with what we deserve, given all the years we have paid for the safety net of what we believed to be good insurance. We will now proceed with all haste to get our first rate contractor engaged to get our dilapidated roof replaced. Again, we thank you all at Daly Black for defending our very justified claim for storm damage that has weakened the weather resistance of our greatest, and most emotionally necessity – a good and secure home that protects us from the harsh environment we live in. We’ll gladly recommend you to others, if and when they face the arrogance of unscrupulous insurance companies.”

    Brian and Sheila Gibbs

  • I am very happy with my experience with Daly & Black. I would highly recommend them.

    “I am very happy with my experience with Daly & Black. I would highly recommend them. I had difficulty with my homeowners insurance company denying a valid roof claim. Homes all around me were getting new roofs from a recent hail storm, yet my insurance company (Safeco / Liberty Mutual) kept using excuses to deny the claim. Daly & Black filed a lawsuit on my behalf and covered all of the associated expenses. I hope to not be in need of filling another lawsuit again, but if I did they would be my first phone call”

    Randy Newman

  • We are very thankful that we found your firm!

    “Without your help, I don't think the insurance company would have come to the table to settle our claim. We had pretty much exhausted all of our options and felt that we could not go forward without legal assistance and help. We are very thankful that we found your firm. James Willis was our assigned lawyer. He was fantastic. He kept us informed. He was tough on the insurance company. He represented our claim with the utmost honesty and integrity. He was above reproach. Mr. Willis was by far the best lawyer that we could have asked for. We are eternally grateful to Mr. Willis and Daly & Black. Thanks again. Daly & Black rocks!”

    Shirley

  • He had the knowledge and background required to negotiate a fair payment to cover my costs.

    “London Crounse handled my insurance claim and was easy to work with, always responsive. He had the knowledge and background required to negotiate a fair payment to cover my costs. I appreciate the hard work London did and the the ethics of the Daly & Black Group. Thank you!”

    Sandra Reno

  • “Tough as nails, with a heart of gold”

    “I can't begin to express my sincere appreciation for the superior legal work Mr. James Willis did on my family's behalf. I have had the great pleasure to have worked with Houston’s finest attorneys but James Willis is truly the best, simply brilliant. He’s everything you would expect and need in an advocate. His legal expertise and professionalism went above and beyond my expectations throughout the entirety of our case. It was a stressful and perplexing situation, yet James was always there for us. He made the time, no matter what, to ensure all our questions were answered thoroughly and readily informed us of the best option to take. If it weren’t for Mr. Willis’ expert analytical skills and acute negotiation skills, the matter wouldn’t have been settled as it was. I was completely dazzled by his canny communication skills and the fierce passion which he displayed during the mediation. Toughest negotiator I've seen in action. I've been in multiple mediations with counsel from Houston’s most prominent law firms, they simply do not compare. He fought extremely hard for us and I am very pleased with the outcome. We received more than I expected and was astonished by his integrity and altruism to ensure my family was made whole. He is truly a blessing and I can not thank him enough for all the care and concern he has shown us; working tirelessly to ensure that the law worked in our favor. We are eternally grateful for his service and highly recommend Mr. James Willis to anyone seeking an advocate who’s as “Tough as nails, with a heart of gold””

    The Nowland Family

  • Due to our commercial tenants, we needed a fast, reliable legal team. Daly & Black exceeded our expectations.

    “After our building was damaged by hail causing water intrusion and interior damage, our insurance claim was denied while other buildings in the area were getting full roof replacements. I called London Crounse at Daly & Black who quickly reviewed and agreed to take our case. Due to our commercial tenants, we needed a fast, reliable legal team. Daly & Black exceeded our expectations. London and the large loss team settled our case within months. Thanks to their hard-work, we were fully compensated.”

    Theodoros Vasilas

  • I have been very pleased!

    “I have been very pleased with the service and attention that I have received from your firm. Thank you for your help and assistance.”

    Jason Haire

  • London Crounse with Daly & Black settled this claim with the carrier for full coverage in 3 months.

    “A claim for 300sq built up was originally denied coverage by the carrier. London Crounse with Daly & Black settled this claim with the carrier for full coverage in 3 months. This is why DMS partners with the best. #workwiththebest”

    DMS Roofing

  • Daly & Black provides a first class service always.

    “Daly & Black provides a first class service always. They have never let my company down. And they have never lost on any of the claims that I have sent them. I have known them for years. The addition of London Crounse, has only made them that much more efficient. His great client service skills, again great addition to the team.”

    Michael Garrison

  • I cannot express enough my appreciation for the effort you and your group put into getting this suit settled!

    “I cannot express enough my appreciation for the effort you and your group put into getting this suit settled! Truthfully I had just about given up hope but I always had faith that you were working for me and you were true to your word that a favorable settlement would come my way ! Thank you again and a really good word for Cindy Garrett- she is a jewel you need to hold on to!”

    William Schurtz

  • He settled within months. He always gave us updates and kept us in the loop.

    “A+++++ for London Crounse. He settled within months. We have the check in hand and just waiting for our turn with the roofing company. He always gave us updates and kept us in the loop. Thank you so much, London.”

    Sharlene Freund

  • Daly & Black continued to fight long after most other law firms would have given up. They continued to fight and won for us.

    “We had given up as our insurance company, Liberty Mutual, had refused its obligation. Daly & Black continued to fight long after most other law firms would have given up. They continued to fight and won for us. Everyone at Daly & Black was professional, informed and hard-working. Thank you for the many, many hours you spent on our behalf!”

    Patricia Brown

  • I'm well satisfied and appreciate what you've done.

    “I'm well satisfied and appreciate what you've done. Thanks very much.”

    L. Brewer

  • Thank you for your services!

    “Thank you for your services to you and your staff. Very efficient and satisfactory.”

    Lydia De La Cruz

The Benefits of Working With Daly & Black, P.C.

  • We provide free initial consultations.
  • We will vigorously prosecute your case.
  • We will demonstrate a complete mastery of your matter.
  • We are available to answer questions and concerns.
  • We litigate each case as if it is going to be tried to a jury, every time.
  • We fight to put you in the best position to negotiate a resolution.
  • We try your lawsuit to verdict where the insurer refuses to do the right thing.

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