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Grayson joined Reed Smith in 1999 after the firm combined with Hazel & Thomas. Previously, he was a partner with the firm of Hazel, Beckhorn & Hanes. He is a member of the Global Commercial Disputes Group in the Tysons office. Grayson's practice focuses on general litigation and civil matters, with a focus on eminent domain, land use, real estate litigation, local government, corporate and general business litigation.


  • The George Washington University Law School, 1963, J.D.
  • University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, 1960, B.A.

  • Virginia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • State Supreme Court - Virginia

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Foundation – Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Commissioner In Chancery for Fairfax Circuit Court
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Foundation
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference – Member
  • George Mason Inn of Court – Member
  • Greater Dulles Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors
  • Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area- Board of Directors
  • Herndon Community Cable Corporation – Member of the Board
  • Herndon Hospitality Association- Board of Directors
  • Herndon Project for the Arts- Board of Directors
  • Herndon Visitor's Center – Chairman of the Board
  • Historical Society of the United States Supreme Court – Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America – Fellow
  • Mandatory Professionalism Course – Instructor
  • Certified Mediator, Virginia Supreme Court
  • McCammon Mediation Group – Member
  • McLean Project for the Arts- Board of Directors
  • Millennium Bank, N.A., Virginia – Member, Board of Directors
  • Millennium Bankshares Corporation – Chairman and Member, Board of Directors
  • Northern Virginia Conservation Trust- Board of Directors
  • Supreme Court Historical Society – Member
  • Town Attorney for Town of Herndon, Virginia 1964-1971
  • Counties, Cities, Towns and Authorities Represented:
    •  Town of Herndon
    • City of Fairfax
    • City of Fairfax School Board
    • Fauquier County Board of Supervisors
    • Fauquier County Planning Commission
    • Loudoun County School Board
    • Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
    • Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
  • Virginia Bar Association Virginia Law Foundation – Fellow
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar – Member, Former Member of Judicial Selection Committee
  • Virginia State Bar – Past Chairman, Litigation Section
  • Virginia State Bar – Member, Committee to Study the Code of Professional Responsibility
  • Virginia State Bar – Former Chair, 10th District Grievance Committee
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Trail Lawyers Association Foundation

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, and Litigation - Real Estate, 1989-2023. He also received the Best Lawyers™ "Lawyer of the Year" award in Washington, D.C., in 2012 for Litigation - Real Estate, in 2014 for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and in 2015 for Litigation - Land Use and Zoning.
  • Selected by his peers and the publishers of Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite as one of Virginia's best "Alternative Dispute Resolution" attorneys from 2007-2018 and 2020. Grayson was also selected one of the best "Civil Litigation" attorneys in 2006 -2018.
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C., and Virginia Super Lawyers lists for General Litigation, 2008-2019
  • Named to Virginia First Inaugural Lawyers Hall of Fame by Lawyers Weekly, 2018
  • Recipient of Virginia State Bar General Practice Section Tradition of Excellence Award, 2018