Melanie Gray is a partner with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, specializes in complex commercial litigation, and co-chairs the Firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group. With her extensive courtroom experience, she has been a significant advisor to companies who find themselves facing “bet the company” litigation risks or financial distress. She is known for managing complex cases requiring diverse teams of lawyers in different practice areas and was deeply involved in her firm’s representation of Enron in its chapter 11 case. Ms. Gray is valued by clients as a trusted counselor and advisor, as well as a powerful litigator. Ms. Gray is recognized both as an effective diplomat and a forceful advocate when agreement is not possible.
Ms. Gray’s advocacy and personal skills have earned her the respect of the judiciary, co-counsel, and opposing counsel. She was recognized as one of the Lone Star All-Star’s “effective litigators and communicators with great judgment” by Litigation Management and has earned numerous recognitions of professional excellence. Ms. Gray serves on the leadership team for Weil’s women’s initiative – Women@Weil and has served in leadership roles in a number outside organizations, including Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, Texas ACLU, Bo’s Place, and The Post Oak School. She currents serves as a Trustee for Syracuse University, on the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board of Syracuse University’s College of Law, the national board of Girls, Inc., and on the Board of the Houston Bar Foundation, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts, Legacy Community Health Services Endowment, Inc., and Teen & Family Services.
Ms. Gray began practicing law in 1981 in Chicago, after graduating from Syracuse University College of Law. She moved to Houston and joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in 1985, when Weil opened its Houston office. She is married to Mark Wawro, a practicing attorney and partner with Susman Godfrey LLP, and has three children.