John Grayson is a Principal in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. John represents major contractors, including EPC contractors, subcontractors, pipeline contractors, mechanical contractors, sureties, and owners in complex construction matters in both the private and public sectors. John’s experience includes jury trials, bench trials, mediations and arbitrations of all types of construction related disputes involving projects ranging from office buildings and hospitals to massive processing plants and LNG storage facilities and energy pipelines. John has represented large and small businesses, design professionals, individuals, physicians and attorneys as well as regional and national banks both as plaintiff and defendant in state and federal courts across the country. John’s experience also includes complex contract matters, personal injury death cases as plaintiff and defendant, aviation related litigation, real estate, insurance and business disputes and class actions. Sound judgement, coupled with an intellectual but practical approach, describes John’s work.
A frequent contributor to the Construction Law Journal, John’s work has also been published in the Texas Bar Journal. He has been an invited speaker at the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria and is a regular presenter at the EPC Contract and Risk Management Symposium in Houston, Texas.
John Grayson is a Houston Bar Foundation Fellow and maintains membership in the Construction, Litigation, Insurance and Aviation sections of the State Bar of Texas.
Recognitions & Distinctions
- AV rated for over 20 years by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and ethics.
- Named a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters from 2011-2015. Each year, no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.
Memberships & Affiliations
- State Bar of Texas: Construction, Litigation, Insurance, Aviation
- Texas Aggie Bar Association (Board Member 2004-2007)
- College of the State Bar of Texas
- Federal Bar Association
- Center for International Legal Studies (Invited Speaker – Salzburg, Austria November 2004)
- Boy Scouts of America – Assistant Scout Master; father of Eagle Scout
- American Mensa
- NACE International
- Baylor University School of Law – J.D., 1983
- Texas A&M University – B.A. History, cum laude, 1980
- National Mediation Academy, Dallas, Texas
- State Bar of Texas (1983)
- United States District Courts: Eastern, Southern, Northern, Western
Practice Areas and Casework
- Successfully defended fiberoptic communications company in 2 million+ contract case in Utah Federal District Court.
- Handled contracting issues in construction of $1.4 Billion steel pipe manufacturing facility.
- Represents energy pipeline contractors in multiple states.
- Represented a major general contractor in litigation stemming from a multi-story office building project.
- Represented a consortium of 44 banks seeking recovery of financing provided for construction of a beachfront high-rise condominium that developed serious structural problems which required its demolition.
- Represented the general contractor in disputes with international suppliers and complex scheduling issues in connection with the expansion of a major city convention center.
- Represented a general contractor in a contract dispute arising from a new county health center.
- Represented a national electrical subcontractor in an airport expansion project concerning contract and payment litigation involving prevailing wage rates disputes.
- AAA Arbitration for a major tank construction contractor involving construction of a LNG storage facility in Louisiana.
- Represented a major homebuilder in multi-party litigation arising from the alleged ground contamination of a residential development.
- Represented and advised physicians practice groups in contractual matters.
- Grayson, J. (n.d.). Derivitive soverign immunity: An idea whose time has come for Texas? Construction Law Journal, 11(2).
- Grayson, J. (n.d). Creative uses of declaratory judgement in the construction litigation context. Construction Law Journal, 17(1).