Hugh M. Ray - McKool Smith PC

Hugh M. Ray

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989
Phone: 212-402-9409

Hugh Ray is a Principal in McKool Smith's Houston and New York offices and head of the firm’s national Bankruptcy practice. During more than 40 years as a practicing attorney, he has played a lead role in many of the country’s most recognizable bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to making several appearances before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to testify on proposed amendments to the Federal Bankruptcy Code, Mr. Ray has served in leadership positions with several notable bankruptcy and business groups and co-authored three books on bankruptcy, including Last Rights(Oxford University Press) and Creditor’s Rights-Texas Practice Guide, (Thompson Reuters). 

Mr. Ray is the former chair of both the American Bar Association (ABA) Bankruptcy Committee and the Bankruptcy Committee of the State Bar of Texas and a former member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation; a member of the American College of Bankruptcy and a Life Member of the American Law Institute.  He is also former chair of the ABA Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Bankruptcy Court Structure. Prior to his work in private practice, Mr. Ray served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Houston.  He is consistently recognized as a top lawyer in his field by leading legal publications and directories, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and The Best Lawyers in America, among others.

Vanderbilt University Law SchoolVanderbilt University Law School
Bankruptcy CommitteeAdvanced Business Bankruptcy InstituteAmerican Bar AssociationHouston Bar Association

Client Comments

"Hugh Ray is not only a top-notch expert bankruptcy attorney, but he brings with him a top-notch team of lawyers. Moreover, Hugh knows everyone who is anyone in the field of bankruptcy law. He has participated in one way or another in the vast majority of bankruptcy cases over the last 30 years. He knows the players and he knows the plays. You can't do better than Hugh Ray if you need help in a bankruptcy case."

-Ben Branch
Professor of Finance
Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts

Office Locations

One Bryant Park, 47th Floor
New York, NY 10036
United States

600 Travis Street, Suite 7000
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Chapter 12, Commercial, Commercial, Debtors' Rights, Debtors' Rights, Litigation, Litigation, Workouts and Restructurings, Workouts and Restructurings)
Litigation - Bankruptcy

Other Information

Gender: Male