A different kind of job ...
A trials is a show for the average citizen. A good trial attorney is part actor, part salesman, and part preacher. If the jury likes you and trusts you, you can convince them that your client should win.
… takes a different kind of lawyer.
An appeal is a PhD dissertation for a team of experts. A good appellate attorney is part researcher, part scholar, and part debater. If you can convince the panel that your client should win, you can establish a new rule by which other cases will be judged in the future.
You can’t win with the wrong tool.
I learned a sad truth early in my career: many attorneys are poor writers At worst, they annoy the Court by misrepresenting the record and the law, and by resorting to name-calling. They make jury arguments. They are careless in their writing because they think their words will matter more. They don’t edit and proofread because they think they are above it. In short, they just don’t understand what it’s like for a judge deciding an appeal, or they don’t care to make the judge’s life easier.
Put my experience, pride, and passion to work for you.
I don’t do trials because my talents lie in research and writing. After years of training and practicing, my skills and experience lie in appellate advocacy. If you’re on appeal, I’ve got the tools for the job.
There’s no such thing as an average case. I take every case personally. “Good” is never good enough. You can rest assured that I will spend as much time as it takes to research the law and facts of your case, and bring them to life. I haven’t done my job until anyone — anyone — who reads the brief understands both your situation and the reason you should win.
Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN
University of Texas, Dallas, TX
B.S., Economics and Finance, with honors: 1998
Law Office of Gray R. Proctor, Richmond, VA 2012-current
Solo Practitioner: Single-attorney law office focused on civil and criminal appeals.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Richmond, VA 2010-2012
Staff Attorney: Draft memoranda and opinions for three-judge panels in appeals from federal courts in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond, VA 2008-2010
Law Clerk: Draft opinions and orders in postconviction and prisoner civil rights cases in the Richmond Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
U. S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi, TX 2007-2008
Law Clerk: Draft opinions and orders for the Honorable Brian Owsley.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 2006-07
Research Assistant: Read and coded over 800 federal habeas corpus cases, including over 100 death penalty cases. Tracked every claim and defense raised in every case, along with final result.
Advisory Board, BNA Bloomberg Criminal Law Reporter.
Assistant Editor, Articles and Pro Se Handbook, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Committee.