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Texas Construction Law Blog For Subcontractors & Suppliers


J.P. Vogel

Vogel_JP_webJ.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 Virene

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 Leach

Leach-smlJeff’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 Howerton

DL5421 Howerton-0062-web (1)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.


Christian Dewhurst

Christian’s practice is primarily focused on resolving the entire spectrum of claims and litigation that arise during commercial and residential construction projects, including delay in performance claims, design and construction defects, payment disputes, productivity claims, lien claims, work injury claims, plus many more. His client list includes all the various players involved in the construction process, ranging from project owners, developers and general contractors to subcontractors, suppliers and distributors.



About Gray Reed  

A full-service Texas law firm with offices in Dallas, Houston and Waco, Gray Reed provides legal services to companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500 as well as high net worth individuals. Gray Reed attorneys assist clients with a myriad of legal issues including commercial litigation, corporate transactions, oil and gas, tax planning and litigation, real estate, construction, healthcare, trusts and estates, employment law, family law, intellectual property and bankruptcy. For more information, visit www.grayreed.com.