Admitted in Florida and Georgia

Gray's Experience and Qualifications


In addition to Gray's experience in all aspects of Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Consitutional Law, and Bar Admissions & Discipline, Gray is one of a select few of Florida Bar Board Certified specialists in Appellate Law. 

D. Gray Thomas


Gray Thomas is board certified by The Florida Bar as an appellate practice specialist, and he also practices criminal defense in federal and state courts, as well as representing clients in attorney discipline and attorney admission cases.  Since being admitted to practice in both Florida and Georgia in 1992, he also has extensively litigated civil rights cases.  He has achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating of "AV-Preeminent" and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of appellate practice, white-collar criminal defense and non-white-collar criminal defense.  He also has been recognized as a Florida Legal Elite in criminal defense by Florida Trend magazine.  Gray is currently a member of the boards of directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and its Northeast Florida chapter.


Gray opened a firm as sole practitioner in 2011, and while he continues to maintain a separate practice, he also joined the appellate specialty firm, Creed & Gowdy, in 2013 in an of counsel capacity.  Prior to opening his own firm, he practiced with the renowned criminal defense, civil rights and appellate firm Sheppard, White, Thomas & Kachergus.


A North Carolina native, Gray grew up in Georgia before obtaining his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in history at Washington University in St. Louis.  After a decade as a newspaper journalist, he earned a law degree, with honors, at the University of Florida, where he was named to membership in the Order of the Coif.

Areas of Practice


Criminal Defense, Appeals, Appellate Practice, Criminal Appeals, Constitutional Law, Bar Admissions & Discipline and Civil Rights