This office has represented hundreds of clients in the Houston and surrounding area in various legal matters including but not limited to Wills, Probate, and Estate matters, the formation of new businesses; business litigation, real estate, and other general legal matters with a special emphasis on helping individuals with will and probate matters and helping businesses collect past due debt.
R. Gary Shapley ("Shapley") was born on October 2, 1953 and is a native Houstonian. Shapley received a B.A. in Government and History from the University of Texas in 1976 with a Secondary School Teaching Certificate. After completing his undergraduate work, Shapley taught in the Houston Independent School District for seven years.  In 1981 Shapley received a M.Ed Degree from the University of Houston in Social Science/Political Science Education. Shapley was selected to the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. In 1986 Shapley received a JD Degree from South Texas College of Law where he was on the Deans List and a member of the South Texas Law Journal.  Shapley has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Houston Community College for the past 35 years where he teaches two courses in introductory American and Texas Government which include a study of the Texas and Federal Legal Systems.  Shapley also teaches Business Law Courses on both the undergraduate and graduate level at American Intercontinental University in Houston.  Shapley has received several teaching awards at both institutions. After Law School Shapley spent one year working for the Texas Workforce Commission as an Administrative Hearings Officer. From 1987 to 1992 he was an associate with the law firm of Hollrah, Lange, and Thoma n/k/a Morris, Lendais, Hollrah, and Snowden where he worked as a business and commercial litigator. In 1992, Shapley created the Law Office of R. Gary Shapley where his practice includes extensive Wills and Probate work; Collection work; business and commercial litigation; and real estate work.  Shapley was a recipient of the President's Award from the Houston Bar Association in 1996 for Outstanding Service as Chairman of the Campaign for the Homeless. Shapley has volunteered on various bar committees over the years and is a longtime member of the Houston Bar Association. As a member of the West Houston Chamber of Commerce, Shapley hosted the Marketing Roundtable at his office for eight years. He is also a member of The Foundry United Methodist Church in Houston and is married to Kathy Shapley who worked for 12 years as a classroom teacher. Gary and Kathy are the proud parents of Michael who is seven years old. Shapley has coached Upward Sports Basketball Leagues as a Volunteer for the past three years.