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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

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by Our Clients

  • 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

  • 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

  • I was very satisfied!

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

    Judson Howe

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Daly and Black is the law team to retain if an insurance company denied or underpaid your claim!

    “As a recent client of Daly and Black, I was impressed by the quality of research and presentation of Rick Daly and John Black. They prepared me and guided me through the legal process thoroughly. Their entire team was professional, well-prepared and I had complete confidence in their abilities to present my case. I highly recommend Daly & Black and would definitely use them for any insurance claim in the future!”

    Patrice Sauter

  • Daly and Black was absolutely wonderful and got the insurance company to right a wrong and pay up.

    “Daly and Black is the best law firm I have dealt with and I would use again.”

    Terry Zimmerman

  • Thank you so much for everything each individual did in this process.

    “Thank you so much for everything each individual did in this process. You can tell that Mr.Daly has a good support team behind him.”

    Terry

  • 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

  • Thank you for your services!

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

    Lydia De La Cruz

  • 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

  • His hard work and dedication helped us to win our roof case.

    “James was a pleasure to work with at Daly & Black. He won't back down when the crooked insurance companies try to deny roof claims. His hard work and dedication helped us to win our roof case.”

    Nick Lukasiewicz

  • 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

  • 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

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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