Raymond Gray has been immersed in Texas Property Tax since serving as Law Clerk to the Texas House Committee on Ways and Means during the initial revisions to the modern Texas Property Tax Code in 1981.
For nearly 15 years, Raymond was a driving force in what was one of the largest property tax law firms in the country, representing property owners in property tax disputes across the country. Prior to representing property owners, Raymond spent 15 years representing appraisal districts and taxing units Few people better understand the pressures and constraints under which appraisal districts operate, or the interplay between local appraisal efforts and state revenues, than Mr. Gray. In 2015, Raymond merged his law practice with that of his long-time friend and colleague, Lorri Michel, to form Michel Gray.
Recognized by his peers as one of the top practitioners in his field, Raymond is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an invitation-only organization consisting of the top 1/3rd of 1% of lawyers in Texas. Raymond is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Raymond has been a much-requested speaker at professional seminars as well as a frequent instructor of appraisal district and tax office staff, teaching subjects such as Texas Property Tax Law, Property Tax Collections, and Advanced Collections. As an active member of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), IPT and Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals, Mr. Gray has chaired and spoken at numerous conferences and symposia.
It is said that the master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure. Mr. Gray spends his time helping others, whether as a lawyer, rancher, Scout leader, or friend. Raymond currently serves as Vice President of Development of the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he served as President from 2013 & 2014. In 2010, he was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award for his service to the Capitol Area Council by the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition a local council can bestow on a volunteer.
More recently, Raymond received both the Vale la Pena Award, in honor of his passion of providing Scouting to at-risk youth in the Hispanic Community; and, the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award, in recognition of his tireless efforts to provide Scouting to urban youth, particularly those in the African American community.
Raymond lives on a small ranch outside of Austin, with his wife Mindy, raising and training reining horses, practicing law, biking, Scouting, and letting others decide if he is working or playing.