Grayson P. “Gray” Hanes of Reed Smith LLP in Tysons has been awarded the Virginia State Bar General Practice Section’s Tradition of Excellence Award which “…recognizes an outstanding lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in Virginia and, in doing so, enhances the image and esteem of attorneys in the Commonwealth.”
Hanes, born in 1937, began his career in what was then considered rural Fairfax as a general practice attorney before opening Hazel & Hanes with zoning and land use lawyer John T. Hazel. Their firm would evolve through two mergers before ultimately combining with Reed Smith in 1999. Hanes has served as both a substitute judge and a town attorney for the Town of Herndon, as well as representing other governmental bodies including the city of Fairfax, the Loudon County School Board, and the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. In an era of increasing specialization, Hanes continues to handle matters ranging from civil, criminal law to corporate law to trusts and estate, as well as real estate and zoning law.
A longtime colleague recently said of Hanes: “Gray is a lawyer for all seasons. A Renaissance man, equally comfortable and performing at the top of his game whether he’s practicing in front of a judge or jury, or negotiating a private deal, Gray does it all; and does it all well, which is very hard to find.”
When Reed Smith moved to its new office space in Tysons last year, the firm recognized Hanes’s long years of service to the law by naming a conference room after him. Hanes was unable to attend the ceremony because he instead chose to represent his client at a zoning hearing. Hanes recently told a new partner working with him on a land use exception with a 17-year expiration: “After the next 17 years, this matter will be yours. I’ll be 96 then, and probably just working part-time.”
Hanes is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is chairman of the board of the Millennium Bank and has served on the boards of the Greater Dulles Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and the McLean Project for the Arts. He is an active member of the Historical Society of the United States Supreme Court.
A mentor to hundreds of lawyers now practicing in Virginia and the D.C. area, Hanes has been a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer for the last ten years for his general litigation practice and has held many roles in the Virginia State Bar. He also belongs to the American Bar Association, the Fairfax County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.
The Tradition of Excellence award, inaugurated in 1988, will be presented to Gray Hanes on June 16 during the 80th VSB Annual Meeting at Virginia Beach.Updated: Apr 27, 2018
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