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Serving criminal and civil clients after trial: appeals and post conviction reviewState and Federal Appeals and Postconviction Review
10 years, 473 cases
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2007||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Orlando Legal Elite - Rising Star||Orlando Style Magazine||2014|
|A+ for #1 in Class - Criminal Procedure||Vanderbilt Law School||2006|
|Principal||Law Office of Gray R. Proctor||2012 - Present|
|Law Clerk||United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit||2010 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||U.S. District Court (E.D. Va.)||2008 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||U.S. District Court (S.D. Tex.)||2007 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Appellate Practice Pro Se Handbook Committee||Editor/Contributor||2014 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association - Appellate Practice Section||Assistant Editor, Publications||2014 - Present|
|Bloomberg/BNA Criminal Law Reporter||Advisory Board||2013 - Present|
|Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Florida Postconviction Legal Aid Organization||Advisory Board||2012 - 2013|
|State v. Mora||Conviction overturned; double jeopardy prohibits retrial; client released.|
|Rigg v. Warden, 12cv370 (S.D. Fla).||Certificate of Appealability granted|
|Jones v U.S., 16-6552||Reversed and remanded|
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|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 Reporter||Retroactivity and the Uncertain Application of Johnson v. United States: Is the Rule ‘Constitutional’ on Post-Conviction Review?||2015|
|Florida Bar Journal||The New Role of Federal Habeas Courts in Guaranteeing the Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel,”||2015|
|Bloomberg/BNA Criminal Law Reporter||Whiteside v. United States: Using 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to Correct Serious Guidelines Errors Based on New Law||2014|
|Avvo Legal Guides||The Truth about Finding, Choosing, and Hiring an Appellate Attorney in Central Florida||2014|
|BNA/Bloomberg Criminal Law Reporter||Christmas Comes Early in the Eleventh Circuit: Using Bryant and 2241 when Section 2255 is Inadequate to Challenge Illegally Enhanced Sentences||2014|
|The Record (Journal of the Appellate Practice Section)||What State Criminal Practitioners Should Know about Federal Habeas Corpus||2014|
|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|
|Vanderbilt University Law School||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||N/A||2007|
|Miami-Dade Judges' Lunch Speaker Series||Collateral Consequences in Florida||2013|
|“The ‘Solo Practitioner’: Pro Se Litigants and Their Obstacles to Justice”||Group Panel||2011|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Mr Proctor on my life sentence appeal and he won,now I am a free man thanks to him,he was the only attorney that came to see me without charging me,we talk for a long time he seemed very professional and knowledgeable he is worth every penny,I owe him my freedom today.
Posted by marcyromero71
This is a long story.
Our family contacted Gray after our 19-year-old son was convicted of burglary. Because our son had been tried as an adult at age 14, the judge had no choice in the matter - if the prosecutor requested a 15-year minimum mandatory, the judge had to give it. We went to several attorneys who said there was nothing to do because the priors were so old, but Gray was the first to explain that Dorian's youth might give us a way around the statute of limitations. Gray reviewed the case for a reasonable fee, and then informed us that there were violations in the way the prior convictions were transferred out of juvenile court. He also showed us that our son should have gotten early probation through the basic training/shock incarceration program! He explained the procedural problems we'd face because the conviction was so old, and proposed a strategy to get to the merits of the claim.
We decided it was worth it to challenge the prior convictions despite the risks of never being heard on the merits. After the judge dismissed the motions without a hearing on procedural grounds as we'd feared, Gray really went to bat on the appeal. He circulated a draft of his brief and convinced the juvenile law center in Philadelphia to write a "friend of the court" brief because of the constitutional and technical issues involved. The amicus brief was joined by the CFACDL and several other statewide organizations. That's how we know Gray was right when he told us there was an important issue in our son's case. We really believe Gray did top-notch work for our son, far more than any other attorney we've ever dealt with before him. He also kept my ex-husband and I in the loop and always took the time to make sure that we understood what was going on, what he was doing, and why. He also helped us with a few issues we did not hire him for, such as getting medical care for our son and keeping in touch with him when he was in confinement and could not communicate with us. I would recommend him to anyone fighting their conviction who wants a no BS lawyer who does great work at a fair rate.
Stephanie Vollrath, Appeals Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.
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