Tom Graves (1947-2017)


  • Davidson College, B.S. in Mathematics
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.
  • Order of Lytae

Bar Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Houston Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Section, Houston Bar Association
  • Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section, Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Association of Petroleum Landmen
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Thomas Graves had an extensive background in the operation of companies, having spent the first fifteen years of his legal career as in-house counsel for three different exploration and production companies, giving him first-hand understanding of how businesses work. Working in-house also gave Tom a firsthand knowledge of complicated business transactions as well as the areas of corporate law, real estate, oil and gas, insurance, and, most importantly, making deals work.

Thomas graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics before attending the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, graduating suma cum laude. In addition to obtaining a law degree, Tom was a Certified Professional Landmen from the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Upon graduating from law school, Tom worked in-house for Getty Oil Company and The Superior Oil Company where he was responsible for all land and contract functions for both onshore and offshore operations.

Tom also worked in-house for Tomlinson Interests, Inc. as general counsel, where he oversaw all legal, insurance, tax, division order, and lease records activities. In 1986, Tom Graves joined Adair & Myers, the predecessor of Adair Myers Graves Stevenson, as a partner and served as managing partner for over ten years.

In his time at Adair Myers Graves Stevenson, Tom dedicated himself to his clients, several of which he had for more than fifteen years. Tom’s clients knew when they needed his help, they would receive prompt and incisive advice. Tom also represented numerous international clients wishing to establish operations in the United States.

When Tom met new clients, he took the time to learn and understand his clients’ industries so they did not waste time explaining their business to him. His unusually broad background helped many clients grow their businesses and avoid the pitfalls many companies suffer. Many of these companies did not need full time in-house attorneys, so Tom served at their outside general counsel.

While representing these companies, Tom learned how to assist owners with their own personal estate and tax planning. In two transactions, the arrangements which Tom helped structure resulted in several million dollars of saving on estate and gift taxes.

Tom passed away in January 2017 at the age of 69. His legacy and love of the law will continue on, and the partners of Adair Myers Graves Stevenson are proud that their firm bears the name of Tom Graves.