William A. Gray

William A. Gray: Attorney with Sands Anderson PC
  • Shareholder at Sands Anderson PC (60 Attorneys)
  • Bank of America Center, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400, Richmond, VA 23219-3500
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Bill Gray is head of the Bankruptcy Team at Sands Anderson, with 30 years experience representing clients in bankruptcy proceedings. Bill carefully listens to clients to understand their needs, and then proposes tailored solutions to achieve his client’s goals.

Bill has sucessfully represented banks, trade vendors, landlords, and local government, as well as committees and trustees in complex commercial bankruptcy cases filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. He has extensive experience with adversary proceedings and contested matters, asset sales, claim objections, preference and fraudulent conveyance actions, plan confirmations, and secured lendor claims. Bill is an adjunct member of Sands Anderson’s Professional Liability team, representing bankruptcy attorneys and local firms in discliplinary or malpractice claims. He has been a speaker on bankruptcy topics at multiple continuing education conferences sponsored by Bar Associations.

Bill also serves a variety of businesses, individuals, and trade associations in legislative matters before the Virginia General Assembly, and regulatory matters before state agencies. He brings a comprehensive understanding of the legislative and regulatory process, and personal relationships with influential members of the General Assembly, Executive Branch and State regulators. From protecting the interests of trade associations to defending insurance agents before the Virginia Bureau of Insurance, Bill works to support your success at every step.

Prior to joining Sands Anderson, Bill was a senior attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He is a past-President of the Executive Committee, Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, and is presently a member of the Executive Committee, Bankruptcy Section, Virginia Bar Association. He is also a member of the 2001 Class of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership.

Professional Highlights

•Represented Chapter 11 Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors and Official Committee of Equity Security Holders.
•Represented numerous secured and unsecured creditors in several large and complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including, LandAmerica, Alpha Natural Resources, Health Diagnostic Lab, Toys R US, and many others.
•Representing landlords in large retail bankruptcy cases, including Movie Gallery and Circuit City.
•Represented creditors in Section 363 Sales, lien avoidance, claim objections, lease assumption/rejections, and plan confirmation matters in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
•Represented creditors in consumer Chapter 7, Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, including motions for relief from stay and asserting priority or secured claims for governmental entities.
•Represented a state-court appointed receiver in judicial dissolution of a limited liability company.
•Conducted commercial property foreclosures.
•Defended preference and fraudulent conveyance claims, and served as a mediator in preference claim mediations in large bankruptcy cases.
•Represented local governments in matters pertaining to tax claims and priorities.


•Best Lawyers in America, 2011
•Virginia Business magazine “Legal Elite” in Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights
•Super Lawyers in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights


News by William A. Gray

•Toys “R” Us to File Objections to Claims-Creditors Beware!
•Penn Virginia files bankruptcy in Eastern District Virginia, Richmond Division

News About William A. Gray

•Sands Anderson Local Government Attorneys Awarded LGA Special Projects Award
•Twenty Sands Anderson Attorneys Included in 2019 Super Lawyers List
•Thirty-One Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to 2018 Virginia Business Legal Elite
•Thirty-Three Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to 2017 Virginia Business Legal Elite
•Sands Anderson Report on Toys R Us First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings
• First Day Hearings for Gymboree Chapter 11 Filing
•Twenty-One Sands Anderson attorneys included in 2017 Super Lawyers list
•Thirty-One Sands Anderson Lawyers Named to 2016 Virginia Business Legal Elite
•Twenty-One Sands Anderson Attorneys Included in 2016 Super Lawyers List
•Sands Anderson Speaking Engagements through June 2016

Favorite Book

•Bill enjoys the novels of John Grisham.

Community Service

•Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Former chair

(Also at Fredericksburg Office)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Government Relations & Lobbying
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Government
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Privately Held & Small Business

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(804) 783-7237  Phone
(540) 371-8158  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1998, Richmond, VA 23219-3500
University Attended:
Virginia Tech, B.A., Political Science, 1976
Law School Attended:
Western State University College of Law, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
2002, Virginia; 1994, District of Columbia; 1985, California

Professional Affiliations

•American Bankruptcy Institute
•Bar Association of the City of Richmond
•State Bar of California
•District of Columbia Bar
•Virginia Bar Association
•Virginia State Bar

Birth Information:
Hampton, VA, 1954
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

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