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About Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Austin firm Graves Dougherty is one of the preeminent firms in Texas and weaves deftly between banking, finance, trial and appellate litigation, labor and employment, real estate, corporate and securities, regulatory, tax and estate planning. 

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

The story of Graves Dougherty begins with what was presumably a happy marriage, that 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. 

The firm has attracted the cream of the crop of Texas law and politics. Along the way, it 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.  

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. 


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 2200
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 480-5600

Firm Stats

Executive Director: James Cornell
Hiring Partner: David Lein
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1 - 50

Base Salary

1st year: $135,000
Summer associate: $2,500/week

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 Litigation
Appellate Law
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Remedies
Civil Litigation
Commercial Transactions
Construction Law
Corporate & Securities
Employment Law
Environment & Natural Resources: Oil, Gas, Land & Water
Estate Planning, Tax & Probate
Federal Tax Planning & Controversy
Intellectual Property
Internet & Information Security
Media, First Amendment & Public Access
Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate
Spanish Fluency / Latin American Capacity
Tax Exempt/Non-Profit Organizations
Water Law