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Our team’s greatest strength lies in our diversity. Individually, we come from varied professional backgrounds and perspectives. Yet each of us is a seasoned veteran who understands the myriad challenges and opportunities in successfully communicating client concerns and crafting legislative solutions.


Galt Graydon’s distinguished public-affairs career spans more than four decades in Texas. Graydon has spent the past 30 years representing corporations, trade associations, governmental entities and individuals before all branches of state government, most recently as a shareholder in the law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist and chair of the firm’s Governmental Affairs Practice Group.

Previously, he served as senior staff to a state senator, counsel to the Senate Investigating Committee, special attorney in the U.S. Justice Department and assistant city attorney for the City of Dallas.

Graydon is a board member of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and the UT Austin School of Law, and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Direct: 512.225.1004, galt@thegraydongroup.com.


Machree Gibson provides exceptional representation and legal services to a broad spectrum of clients, offering in-depth insight into the workings of Texas government.

Most recently a shareholder with Jenkens & Gilchrist, Gibson previously worked in both the Texas House and Senate, and has served as assistant secretary of state and as projects director for a Texas governor.

She earned her degrees at the University of Texas at Austin and the UT School of Law, and was recently honored as an Outstanding Young Texas Ex by the university. Direct: 512.225.1006, mgibson@thegraydongroup.com.



Jay Brown provides valuable strategic counsel and representation before Texas officials and agencies to a variety of clients.

Brown has worked as a briefing attorney for a U.S. district judge, and as a governmental affairs assistant for a large statewide trade association. He also has been involved in numerous Republican political campaigns.

An alumnus of the University of Texas and the UT School of Law, Brown is a Fellow of the law school’s Public Policy Dispute Resolution Program. Direct: 512.225.1005, brown@thegraydongroup.com.



Jay Propes is a political/strategic consultant and lobbyist with more than a decades’ worth of public-affairs experience at the state and federal levels.

Propes began his career on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Ralph Hall, where he was responsible for issues related to taxation, telecommunications, healthcare and energy/environmental policy. In Texas, Propes served as a trade association executive, then managed a political action committee that raised and contributed over a million dollars during his tenure.

A graduate of Baylor University, Propes has specific public-affairs expertise in the areas of construction, development, education, healthcare and the restaurant industry. Direct: 512.225.1007, propes@thegraydongroup.com.



Shannon Swan is a well-respected Texas lobbyist, and an incomparable resource on House and Senate rules and procedure.

After attending Lamar University, Swan served as a legislative assistant for the powerful House Calendars Committee, and as chief of staff for a veteran state representative and the chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

She has been lobbying with Galt Graydon for ten years. Direct: 512.225.1008, shannon@thegraydongroup.com.

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