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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

  • Very Satisfied!

    “I was very satisfied with the services provided.”

    Alma Salinas

  • Fortunately for us, friends put us in touch with Daly & Black and we ended up in the capable hands of James Willis.

    “When our home was destroyed, we honestly thought the situation couldn't get any worse. Until we started dealing with our insurance carrier. Fortunately for us, friends put us in touch with Daly & Black and we ended up in the capable hands of James Willis. James and his team were truly a god-send. James walked with us through every part of the process, kept us well updated and informed, guided our decisions and made sure there were no surprises along the way. His wise counsel was invaluable. We found James to be the perfect combination of an approachable, down to earth partner who was driven and relentless as our champion. We simply couldn't imagine going through this without him. Thank You Daly & Black for making us feel like your most important client.”

    Kirk and Darlene Wall

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • When disaster strikes, that's who I refer my clients to. Love them!

    “These guys are fantastic lawyers (even if one is a former UCLA Bruin football player--I'll overlook that as a USC grad). When disaster strikes, that's who I refer my clients to. Love them!”

    Neal Davis

  • Y’all helped me tremendously!!

    “Y’all helped me tremendously!!”

    G. Knapp

  • Effective Diligence

    “Thank you very much for all your hard work and effective diligence! We appreciate it!”

    Sherry L. Eichberger

  • 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

  • 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

  • They got the coverage from our insurer we needed for our full roof replacement.

    “Daly & Black were recommended to us by our roofing company when our homeowner's insurance refused to cover the hail damage to our roof. We have found London Crounse and Jonathan Sar to be very professional and efficient. All staff seemed to work well with the attorneys. They got the coverage from our insurer we needed for our full roof replacement.”

    Richard Simpson

  • 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 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

  • The Daly & Black team immediately got to work to obtain the coverage we need to restore our property.

    “I am so thankful to have the team of attorneys at Daly & Black on our side in the fight against the insurance company. They immediately got to work to obtain the coverage we need to restore our property. I can finally rest easy because I know I have a law firm who can take care of me.”

    Naomi O.

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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