J.P. leads Gray Reed’s construction law section. His clientele includes owners, general contractors, specialty sub-contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. J.P. routinely counsels clients on daily business operations, including litigation, collection services, labor and employment issues, defect and insurance issues, drafting and negotiating agreements, and corporate governance.
J.P. has delivered numerous speeches to construction industry organizations regarding on various construction law topics, and is an active member of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Joe represents suppliers, subcontractors, and general contractors in both the construction and oil and gas industries. He has successfully handled various matters, including filing and prosecuting materialmen, mineral, and maritime liens, and litigation arising in connection with the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act, contractual disputes, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference with contract. Joe also routinely defends his clients from bankruptcy preference claims. Joe has briefed numerous appeals in various Texas courts of appeal and the Texas Supreme Court for both appellants and appellees.
Jeff’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of complex commercial and civil litigation, construction law and real estate. Jeff is also a State Representative in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County. In the 83rd Legislature, he serves on the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, House Committee on Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Rules & Resolutions. Jeff also was elected to serve on the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee.
Jeff’s philosophy is to be an effective advocate by advising and counseling clients as to various options to resolve disputes and communicating directly with third parties and their counsel, judges, arbitrators and mediators in an effort to efficiently resolve disputes before they reach trial or arbitration. If necessary, he will utilize his education and experience to advocate his client’s interests to judges, juries and/or arbitrators in adversarial settings.
Vernon helps businesses avoid and resolve commercial disputes through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and litigation, with an emphasis on construction and government contract law. Since 1992, he has represented construction owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in claims and dispute avoidance, resolution and litigation arising from public and private heavy civil, industrial, telecom, and commercial project contracts, including claims related to changed work, extra work, differing site conditions, defective specifications, suspensions, delays and construction defects. Vernon has also presented or defended various bid protests related to federal, state and local government contracts and defends OSHA citations for workplace safety violations.
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