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About Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Austin-based law firm Graves Dougherty is one of the preeminent firms in Texas. Its team of just over 30 attorneys weaves deftly between banking, finance, trial and appellate litigation, labor and employment, real estate, corporate and securities, regulatory, tax and estate planning.

A Judge, His Son-in-Law, and a Bunch of Generals

The story of Graves Dougherty begins with what was presumably a happy marriage between Judge Ireland Graves’s daughter and J. Chrys Dougherty. Graves and his son-in-law teamed up to form their namesake firm in 1946, and since its inception, the firm has attracted the cream of the crop of Texas law and politics. Along the way, the firm has picked up an Assistant U.S. Attorney General, a Special Assistant Texas Attorney General, a general counsel to the Governor of Texas, a U.S. Solicitor General Office member, five U.S. Court of Appeals federal judges, and a president of the Texas State Bar.  

Small Firm, Big Clients

No client is too big or too small for Graves Dougherty, which transitions between individuals and multi-million-dollar companies with ease. The firm draws upon its loyal client base, which it has built up over decades across a variety of industries. Graves Dougherty has represented AT&T Inc., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., LCRA, Milkshake Media, St. David’s Healthcare Foundation, and SXSW Inc.

Though a full-service firm, Graves Dougherty’s largest practice area is litigation. The firm is no stranger to arguing in and before federal and state trial and appellate courts, Texas regulatory agencies, and domestic and international arbitration forums, and attorneys are equally equipped to represent plaintiffs or defendants in just about any dispute. Among its more niche practices, Graves Dougherty has a well-reputed Media, First Amendment, & Public Access group that represents clients such as newspapers, broadcasters, magazines book publishers, film studios, and Internet companies. The firm has helped shape First Amendment issues in a variety of matters including libel, business disparagement, privacy, copyright, trademark, and advertising.   

And They Sing, Too

Graves Dougherty spreads holiday cheer in a more musical manner than most of its ilk. Every holiday season, the firm forms a choral troupe known as the Graves Dougherty Singers, which visits pre-schools, homeless shelters, and retirement homes to perform seasonal tunes. But that’s not where the firm’s visiting stops; each day at lunchtime, a group from the firm delivers Meals on Wheels to hungry people throughout Austin.

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

401 Congress Avenue
Suite 2700
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 480-5600

Firm Stats

Total No. Attorneys (2021):
1 - 50

Employment Contact

Diane Dettmann
Director of Human Resources
(512) 480-5667

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX

Major Departments

Administrative & Regulatory
Banking & Finance
Construction Law
Corporate & Securities
Intellectual Property
Internet & Information Security
Media, First Amendment & Public Access
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.