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Gray Richard Proctor

About me

My practice is focused on civil and criminal appeals and postconviction review.  Call now if you have been convicted and want to explore your options on direct appeal, a motion challenging a federal conviction (28 U.S.C. 2255), a motion challenging a Florida conviction (Rule 3.850 or Rule 9.141), a federal habeas petition (28 U.S.C. 2254 and 28 U.S.C. 2241), a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court (Florida or United States), or some other challenge to your conviction or sentence.  


I also handle civil appeals in state and federal courts, including contingent fee recovery cases.  Attorneys and parties anticipating an appeal are invited to inquire about trial support services as well.




Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 80%
    9 years, 200 cases
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
    9 years, 90 cases



Hourly ($150/hour), contingent (3-10%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Amanda Marie Sampaio

    Mr. Proctor is an excellent attorney who really knows what he is doing. He has a brilliant mind and responds quickly to his clients' needs.


    Amanda Sampaio Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stephanie Vollrath

    I would not hesitate to recommend Attorney Proctor. He is a fearless advocate and brilliant strategist. His years of practice give him the unique ability to quickly identify the complex legal issues that often arise in the appellate field.


    Stephanie Vollrath Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Gray R. Proctor, Esq. PLLC

122 E. Colonial Drive
Suite 100
Orlando, FL, 32801


FLMember in Good Standing200706/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Orlando Legal Elite - Rising StarOrlando Style Magazine2014
A+ for #1 in Class - Criminal ProcedureVanderbilt Law School2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Gray R. Proctor2012 - Present
Deputy Director, NICC ( Bar Association2012 - 2013
Staff AttorneyUnited States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit2010 - 2012
Pro Se Prisoner Law ClerkU.S. District Court (E.D. Va.)2008 - 2010
Law ClerkU.S. District Court (S.D. Tex.)2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Appellate Practice Pro Se Handbook CommitteeEditor/Contributor2014 - Present
Florida Bar Association - Appellate Practice SectionAssistant Editor, Publications2014 - Present
Bloomberg/BNA Criminal Law ReporterAdvisory Board2013 - Present
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2013 - Present
Florida Postconviction Legal Aid OrganizationAdvisory Board2012 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rigg v. Warden, 12cv370 (S.D. Fla).Certificate of Appealability granted
Ealy v. Geo GroupOral Argument granted, pending
State v. MoraReversed; double jeopardy prohibits retrial; client released.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bloomberg BNA Criminal Law Reporter (February 10, 2016)Hurst v. Florida: Retroactivity Doctrine Allows Florida to Ignore the Constiutiton,”2016
Federal Sentencing Reporter“Old Rule, Partially Retroactive, and No Remedy: Why Hurst Won’t Help Many on Florida’s Death Row.”2016
BNA Criminal Law ReporterRetroactivity and the Uncertain Application of Johnson v. United States: Is the Rule ‘Constitutional’ on Post-Conviction Review?2015
Florida Bar JournalThe New Role of Federal Habeas Courts in Guaranteeing the Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel,”2015
Bloomberg/BNA Criminal Law ReporterWhiteside v. United States: Using 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to Correct Serious Guidelines Errors Based on New Law2014
Avvo Legal GuidesThe Truth about Finding, Choosing, and Hiring an Appellate Attorney in Central Florida2014
BNA/Bloomberg Criminal Law ReporterChristmas Comes Early in the Eleventh Circuit: Using Bryant and 2241 when Section 2255 is Inadequate to Challenge Illegally Enhanced Sentences2014
The Record (Journal of the Appellate Practice Section)What State Criminal Practitioners Should Know about Federal Habeas Corpus2014
Bloomberg/BNA Criminal Law Reporter"Attacking Aggravating Prior Convictions in Federal Habeas: Using Lackawanna and Daniels for . . . Practically Anything?"2013
Bloomberg/BNA Criminal Law Reporter"The Supreme Court’s Ruling in Chaidez v. United States: Averting a Flood of Padilla Litigation by Former Prisoners,”2013
BNA Bloomberg Criminal Law Reporter“Habeas Review under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 after Martinez v. Ryan: Federalization and Forum Shopping for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims”2012
Federal Sentencing Reporter“Post-Padilla: Padilla’s Puzzles for Review in State and Federal Courts”2011
Hamline Law Review“Ngo Excuses: Proving, Rebutting, and Excusing Exhaustion in Prisoner Suits after Woodford v. Ngo and Jones v. Bock,”2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Miami-Dade Judges' Lunch Speaker SeriesCollateral Consequences in Florida2013
“The ‘Solo Practitioner’: Pro Se Litigants and Their Obstacles to Justice”Group Panel2011