40 Under 40

 by Jami Mattox and Karen Shade

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Trae Gray, 39

Natural Resources Trial Lawyer, www.LandownerFirm.com,Coalgate
Gray loves his son, his John Deere tractor, coon hunting, skiing and being a cowboy. “I also love being a lawyer and the rewards that come from helping and protecting people,” he says. A successful natural resources trial lawyer, Gray isn’t always sure where his job will take him. But so far, it has taken him into some high-profile cases in which millions of dollars were awarded to his clients for damages to lands. Coming from a corporate environment prior to earning his law degree, Gray says his experience has given him an advantageous perspective. “It allows me to better connect with my clients,” he says.