History

Marks Gray is one of Jacksonville’s oldest and most respected law firms, tracing its origin to 1899 when attorney Richard P. Marks opened his office in Jacksonville. Since our founding, we have maintained a commitment in being Northeast Florida’s ‘go-to’ law firm for comprehensive business and corporate law services. Through our efforts, we have developed a breadth of expertise that has carried our firm through wartimes, economic peaks and valleys as well as major changes in the city we call home. Marks Gray takes great pride in its ongoing involvement and influence in the city of Jacksonville, through firm participation in the business community and in the United States Uniformed Services.

About the Founders

Marks Gray has more than 100 years of knowledge, experience and contacts in the Jacksonville business community. Founder, Richard P. Marks (1876-1942) was a United States Attorney and a founder of Florida Title and Trust Co., owner of the only Duval County real estate records that survived the 1901 fire, which destroyed most of downtown Jacksonville. Sam Marks (1885-1973) helped organize and served as General Counsel for Winn-Dixie Enterprises, and was the executor of the estate of Charles E. Merrill, a founder of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., the successor to which is still a client of the firm. Harry Gray (1890-1975) was a leading commercial and tort defense trial lawyer. He drafted Florida’s first Workers’ Compensation law in the early 1930’s and was General Counsel for the Florida Board of Architecture and the Florida Medical Association for nearly 50 years. He was President of the Jacksonville Bar in 1935, the Association of Insurance Attorneys in 1963; and was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.