Alumni Spotlight

Ivy B. Grey, J.D. ’08

Ivy Grey

Photo courtesy: Abigail Montes / Beloved Photos, LLC 2014

Oct. 24, 2014- Ivy B. Grey ’08 has been selected as a 2014 Rising Star for the New York metro area in the practice of Business Bankruptcy by Super Lawyers Magazine. Fewer than three percent of lawyers are named Rising Stars, a recognition made on an annual, state-by-state basis using a rigorous, multiphase rating process.

Grey has been practicing law for about seven years with a focus in corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. She is currently an associate with Togut, Segal & Segal LLP where she has worked on high profile cases such as Dewey & LeBoeuf, Grubb & Ellis, Eastman Kodak Corporation, and American Airlines.

Grey earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008. Grey was actively involved in all aspects of student life and academics at UHLC. While attending UHLC, she was the Student Bar Association (SBA) president, Chief Notes & Comments Editor of the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal (HBTLJ), a member of BLSA, and an academic enrichment program tutor for 1L Civil Procedure for Professor Aaron Bruhl.

As SBA president, Grey increased the presence, participation, and membership of the organization. She also worked with former Dean Richard M. Alderman to help students efficiently plan their schedules. She also had a positive impact on the student body through the programs she worked on with career services and UHLC faculty.

As Chief Notes & Comments Editor for the HBTLJ, she helped the organization launch its first, and very successful, symposium on patenting tax strategies.

In her career, Ivy credits her time at the law center as being vital to her success.

“My UHLC experience prepared me for my career through my exposure to outstanding faculty who encouraged the pursuit of knowledge, critical, and strategic thinking,” Grey said.

She believes that UHLC’s practical approach to law provided a career advantage.

“I was not learning law in a vacuum. Rather, I learned to understand the law and use it as a tool to reach client objectives. This grasp of strategy and consequences made me a confident and reliable associate with good judgment,” she continued.

“Professor Dole taught me to love the Uniform Commercial Code and to use varying elements of the code and comments, which instilled a big picture understanding of the system of commercial and bankruptcy law,” Grey remarked. “Additionally, Professors Bush, Ragazzo, and Chandler were outstanding – they challenged me to think critically and to back up my instincts with cases and statutes, and to be prepared for the opposition.”

While in law school, Grey was honored with several scholarships including the Dean's Merit Scholarship, Association of Corporate Counsel Scholarship, Tax Executives Institute Scholarship, John & Becky Moore Scholarship, and the HBAA Charitable Fund Scholarship. She also received the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence and the Distinguished Service Award.