Trae Gray, Founding Partner

Trae Gray, Founding Partner

Trae GrayTrae’s primary clients are landowners, farmers, and ranchers.  However, his representation of them has led him to represent several CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies (including energy companies), doctors, and other lawyers, all who hire Trae to protect their land.  Prior to becoming a natural resource trial lawyer, Trae worked as a cowboy, welder, and was a nationally recognized sales professional.  His work ethic is relentless.  Trae has become known as the lawyer other lawyers call when their clients have a landowner related issue and need help.  He has been involved in thousands of cases for landowners covering numerous issues that have earned him national recognition.

Trae GrayOne of the main reasons he practices in a rural area is because of the exposure to the many different areas of the law – all of which he believes makes him more effective in his representation of landowners.  Also, he is a steward of his own land where he lives and works to improve the property.  He holds firm to the conviction that you can always better understand something the closer you have come to experiencing it.  Trae is a lawyer that handles a broad variety of cases, which is evidenced by his case load, trial record, and appellate decisions.  He believes strongly in utilizing the expertise of others to make sure his clients get the best possible results and handles cases in numerous jurisdictions, many times with associate counsel. Trae has won appellate decisions in multi-million dollar business disputes.  In addition, he is frequently retained to litigate highly contested divorce and probate matters where large recoveries are at stake.

Trae GrayTrae has also demonstrated a record for successfully handling controversial criminal matters, typically when the accused has been unjustly charged.  He successfully defended client, Norman Ranger, in the politically charged allegations of computer crimes and conspiracy that were brought as a result of multiple multi-county grand jury indictments.  After two separate week long trials, all charges against Mr. Ranger were ordered dismissed.  In addition, Trae successfully represented local cowboy, Terry Vick, who was facing a life sentence.  After two days of trial and thirty minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict. Trae is a graduate of the Western Trial Advocacy Institute and Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College.  

Trae’s home is in Coal County, Oklahoma where he serves as The President of The Coal County Bar Association and The City Attorney (civil and criminal) for The City of Coalgate.  Trae is also the City Judge in Caney, Oklahoma.

Trae Gray has one son, Sumner Carmack “Mack” Gray, who is named after Trae’s grandfather, Colonel Beverly E. Carmack (1914-1995).  When Trae was young he spent a lot of time with his grandfather - a former United States Air Force Commander and aviator.  These early flying experiences resulted in Trae also becoming an aviator.  Trae uses an airplane in the firm’s daily operations which allows him to more efficiently handle his client’s cases.  When not working, Trae can be found with Mack in their John Deere tractor, skiing, or coon hunting or fishing on the ranches he grew up on.

You can reach Trae by contacting his assistant, Charity Hensley.

Trae is licensed in:
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma
  • Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of the State of Texas
  • Supreme Court of the State of Colorado
Published Opinions:
  • In re Estate of Kozak, 2014 OK.CIV.APP 16.
  • High Sierra Energy, L.P. v. Hull, 2011 OK.CIV.APP. 3, 259 P.3d 902.
  • High Sierra Energy, L.P. v. Hull, 2010 OK.CIV.APP.3, 241 P.3d 1139.
Published Writings: 
Education:
  • LL.M. Natural Resources from The University of Oklahoma College of Law – 2015, Thesis (Pore Space)
  • Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law – 2006
  • Masters in Business Administration Degree from The Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University – 2006
  • Bachelor of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Agricultural Economics) – 1998
Articles, speaking engagements, and other significant events:
  • Natural Resource Negotiations, National Land Conference, Charlotte, NC - April 1, 2017
  • Co-Chairman of "Eminent Domain: Essential Skills & Critical Issues for Attorneys & Appraisers," Oklahoma City, OK - February 23, 2017
  • Analysis and Update on U.S. Pore Space Law - The Necessity of Proceeding Cautiosly with Respect to the "Stick" Known as Pore Space, Oklahoma Corporation Commission 2016 Oil and Gas Institute, Tulsa, OK - October 21, 2016
  • Natural Resource Legal Update, 12th Annual 2016 OCAPL Weekend Take Off, Broken Bow, OK - September 23-25, 2016
  • Ethics in Water Law, National Business Institute, Tulsa, OK - June 16, 2016
  • Pore Space and Surface Owner Rights, Laverne, OK - October 3, 2015
  • Water Law and Pore Space, 11th Annual 2015 OCAPL Weekend Take Off, Broken Bow, OK - September 25-26, 2015
  • Natural Resource Issues, Woods County Mineral Association Banquet, Alva, OK - June 26, 2015
  • Harvard Negotiation Institute - The Harvard Negotiation Intensive: A two-day Workshop, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA - June 4-5, 2015 
  • Ethics in Water Law, National Business Institute, Tulsa, OK - June 2, 2015
  • Mineral Management 102 Series, 2015 OK NARO Convention, Tulsa, OK - May 7, 2015
  • Plains and Eastern Cleanline - Condemnation Law in Arkansas and Common Issues in Power Line Cases, Dover High School Fine Arts Building, Dover, Arkansas - October 30, 2014 

  • Common Issues of Concern for Landowners when Negotiating with Energy Companies, 10th Annual 2014 OCAPL Weekend Take Off, Broken Bow, OK - September 19-20, 2014
  • Ethics in Energy Law, National Business Institute, Tulsa, OK - July 25, 2014
  • Basics of Surface Issues and Common Traps for Landowners When Negotiating with Energy Companies, 2014 Oklahoma NARO Convention, Norman, OK - April 18, 2014
  • Common Traps for Landowners when Negotiating with Energy Companies, 2014 OSU Extension Early Spring Roundup, Ardmore, OK - January 27, 2014
  • Application of Drilling Mud to Agricultural Land (Landowner Legal Considerations), The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK – May 2013
  • Oklahoma Condemnation Law (What your rights are as a Landowner when a company tries to condemn your property), Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Idabel, OK – May 2013
  • TG named to 2013 class of 40 under 40 by Oklahoma Magazine
  • Seismic Exploration Regulation Act, Carter County Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting, Wilson, OK – November 2012
  • Common Pipeline ROW Issues, Fairview, OK – October 2012
  • Highlight and update on Landowner issues in the natural resource arena, 2012 60th Annual Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show, Midwest City, OK
  • The Surface Use Agreement, Oklahoma Landowners Association Annual Meeting, Bartlesville, OK – 2011
  • Oklahoma Condemnation Law (Transmission Lines), Choctaw Cultural Center, Hugo, OK – March 2011  
  • The Practice of Law in a Rural Setting, The Verdict, Cox Channel 3 Oklahoma City, OK – June 2010   
  • Oklahoma Condemnation Law (Transmission Lines), Kiamichi Technology Center, Durant, OK – February 2010
  • How what you sign can haunt you or maximize landowner return (utility easements and surface damages) © 2010 The Landowner Series – Multiple locations
  • Mineral Auctions (The benefits received by mineral owners coming together) Train Depot, Ardmore, OK - February 2010
  • Don’t Give Away the Farm, Oklahoma Landowners Association Annual Meeting, Bartlesville, OK – December 2009
  • Don’t Give Away the Farm Negotiating Surface Damage Cases, Oil and Gas and Other Energy Resources, The Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 80 - No. 13 - May 9, 2009.
  • Your rights as a Landowner, Oklahoma Landowners Association Annual Meeting, Bartlesville, OK – December 2008
  • Named KHKC’s Best Lawyer by local listeners in Woodford Shale Play – May 2007       
Trae Gray
Trae’s grandpa Carmack, flying with Dwight Eisenhower in Alaska, Trae and Mack relaxing, and Trae in his younger years riding a bronc.
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