Practice area(s): Personal injury, employment, probate
Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Though his mother often talked about him becoming an attorney, Gerald Gray II said he didn’t become serious about his law career until his wife became pregnant with the couple’s first child. Since then, his decision to dedicate himself as a lawyer has clearly paid off.
Gray has turned heads throughout his rise in the profession while opening and successfully managing his own law firm, which a nominator said has performed brilliantly in Jackson County and federal courts.
One of his nominators marveled at how he has become one of the most frequently appointed lawyers in federal criminal cases, which “is unheard of for such a new lawyer.” Another praised Gray for being bold, taking on powerful interests on behalf of clients and being willing to go toe-to-toe with anyone.
Gray and his nominators all point to his faith and his involvement in his church as integral to his success. Gray notes that his slogan — “inspired by the pursuit of faith, family and fairness” — guides him in his professional and personal life.
What is your biggest accomplishment this year?
Resolving a case against UMKC School of Pharmacy. That case changed me as a lawyer, as a person and as a Christian. It became part of my life, and the results we accomplished without having to go to trial is a miracle in my opinion.
What is the best career advice you have received?
“If I’m going to worry, why pray?” from the Hon. Willie Epps Jr. Also, “However hard I’m working, it ain’t hard enough,” from the Hon. Steve Bough.
What advice do you have for young lawyers?
Never assume you know anything, and take every opportunity to learn that presents itself.