Travis Crabtree left a television news career to assist creative people embarking on creative online endeavors. His journalistic bug never left him and he uses this blog to write on the legal topics affecting companies engaging in business on the internet. Whether you are just beginning the next groundbreaking internet startup, finding the next social media or internet marketing or promotional campaign or have been in existence for hundreds of years and are trying to figure out the new media landscape, you will have to face legal issues that are specifically-tailored and trying to keep up with evolving technologies.

Travis began his career as a general commercial litigator trying a variety of contract, partnership, DTPA, employment, fiduciary duty and shareholder oppression cases. He uses this background to counsel and advise companies to help them avoid the courthouse while still using the same skills to try the case or appeal it if necessary.

While his original legal intentions were to represent newspapers on First Amendment cases in front of the Supreme Court, the Internet is the new medium for emerging legal issues that allows him to follow and advocate those same passions. Like journalism itself, Travis’s practice is evolving to stay ahead of online trends to help creative people address issues at the outset before they become expensive legal issues.

Practice Areas

  • Internet Marketing
  • Online Defamation, Free Speech and Anonymity
  • Domain Names
  • Online Copyrights and Trademarks
  • Privacy
  • Start-Up Entrepreneurship
  • Commercial Litigation

Professional Associations

  • Houston Interactive Marketing Association
  • Rice Technology Alliance
  • Houston Bar Association Litigation Council
  • Student Press Law Center Volunteer Attorney
  • Online Media Legal Network Volunteer Attorney


  • University of Houston Law Center/2000
  • University of Missouri/1995

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

About Gray Reed & McGraw LLP

In addition to Travis Crabtree’s focus on online media and Internet marketing issues, Gray Reed & McGraw LLP provides a surprising depth of experience and practice areas for a firm that provides close personal attention. Travis combines his industry knowledge and legal experience with his fellow Gray Reed lawyers who focus exclusively on topics such as copyright and trademark, employment law, health law, corporate formation, funding and securities, tax and family law.

Travis has the capability to tap into this vast knowledge base and experience to help entrepreneurs navigate these particular areas of law guided by his industry experience. Like most great relationships, it’s a two-way street. Travis provides advice and counsel on internet or cyberlaw issues to the firm’s clients who are involved in everything from medicine, restaurants, valves, construction or energy.