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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 the Texas Supreme Court, multiple intermediate Texas appellate courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Melissa began her legal career with Gardere Wynne Sewell (now Foley & Lardner), 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 has two children in high school and one in college. She stays busy in her community and, in her spare time, enjoys running, tennis, traveling, and baking.

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

  • "They genuinely care about making things right for the property owner and contractor regarding the insurance process and the value of the claim."

    “Daly & Black, P.C. are great to work with, we have been using them as a company for a year now and they have provided us with great service. The attention to detail and customer satisfaction are top notch. They genuinely care about making things right for the property owner and contractor regarding the insurance process and the value of the claim. London is great to work with and always receptive to our calls and emails with questions.”

    Anne Allen

  • Thanks very much to D&B for the good work!

    “Some years ago a smart boss told me that an employee delivers one of two things in the work-world: Results or Excuses, and there is nothing in between. I think he's right. D&B delivered Results. These results had a direct and significant monetary impact on me and my family, and I'm grateful that things worked out. I particularly enjoyed participating in the Mediation process - - it was good to "see behind the curtain" - and I appreciated D&B being firm-but-fair throughout this process.”

    Dale Hejnal

  • 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

  • We just want to thank you for all the wonderful and hard work!

    “We just want to thank you for all the wonderful and hard work your firm did on our case. We are also thankful that the note on this property is finally being paid off.”

    Teresa Chavez

  • I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude other than thank you.

    “I want to thank you for your help in resolving my legal matters with Universal Insurance. I did not know which way to turn to get help in shaking the funds loose. I contacted your firm for help. Daly & Black's Cindy Garrett has been a true reflection of an organization that cares. She is professional, efficient and caring in every way. Cindy was decisive and offered to go beyond the call of duty. She was tough and thorough. I am so grateful to her for all her assistance. I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude other than thank you. I am so appreciative of your firm and especially Cindy Garrett. Her help was priceless and because she cared I can not imagine ever using any other law firm than yours for any future legal requirements.”

    Denise Kelley

  • I am very happy with your services!

    “I certainly will have your firm in my mind when a similar need occurs whether it be us, family members, friends or acquaintances. It was by accident that I came to know about your firm. In fact I had given up with this case until we found you. I am very happy with your services”

    K. R. Ramakrishnan

  • 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

  • Thank you again for all your hard work on our behalf.

    “Malinda and I want to thank you for representing us in the law suit. You were very kind and patient as you led us through the legal process. Thank you again for all your hard work on our behalf. We know we will be pleased with our new roof.”

    Leslie and Malinda Liles

  • "Thank you so much for everything. The team at Daly and Black is amazing."

    “Thank you so much for everything. The team at Daly and Black is amazing. As a contractor when you need someone to help you fight for what is right for the insured and get true indemnification it helps to have a team that understands how to interpret the insurance policy language and navigate those waters. Thanks to London Crounse building a relationship with my customer was super easy. London walked my customer through the process with full transparency and was able to settle the claim for what was needed to put our customer back into pre-storm condition. Thank you so much guys looking forward to the next one.”

    Lance Thompson

  • Y’all helped me tremendously!!

    “Y’all helped me tremendously!!”

    G. Knapp

  • Your firm did an outstanding job

    “Your firm did an outstanding job of handling my case and I appreciate the professionalism and timeliness in getting the case settled.”

    P. Evans

  • I am very pleased with your firm!

    “I am very pleased with your firm. I was informed of the progress in a timely manner and all of the people that I had contact with were very pleasant and professional. I will retain your contact information for myself and anyone else who might need your services in the future. Thank you!”

    Michael Marsh

  • I was very satisfied!

    “I was very satisfied with the services and the time frame in which you handled my case.”

    Judson Howe

  • These guys PERSEVERED until we favorably settled with my insurance company.

    “These guys PERSEVERED to the end and we favorably settled with my insurance company.”

    Al Martin, CCIM

  • Excellent guidance and knowledge achieving my personal goal for resolution.

    “London Crounse oversaw my case with my home insurance company, providing excellent guidance and knowledge achieving my personal goal for resolution. Highly recommend Daly & Black/London Crounse.”

    Leslie Oines

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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