Mr. Ray received his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 1986. He earned his master of arts degree in Rhetorical Studies in 1980 and his bachelor of arts in Speech/Communications in 1978, both from the University of Iowa.
He is admitted to practice in West Virginia, before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Ray is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers.
Before joining Bowles Rice, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Defense Division (2002-2005, 1986-1988). He also spent 14 years in private practice, during which time he tried to verdict more than two dozen cases in areas such as wrongful death, infant injuries, car accidents, medical negligence and product defect in both state and federal court. He successfully briefed and argued: Nutter v. Maynard, 395 S.E.2d 491 (W.V. 1990); Miller v. Lambert, S.E.2d 582 (W.V. 1995); and Cobb v. Nizzami (U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1988).
Mr. Ray also has experience in the preparation and discovery for mass litigation trial groups of more than 3,000 plaintiffs and has been a guest speaker for numerous seminars on Products Liability, Child Vaccine Safety and Ethics and Litigation Techniques. He filed and presented one of the first cases heard under the original National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and his method of written documentation presentation became a model recommended by the court. He was also appointed by then Surgeon General Louis Sullivan to serve on the National Childhood Vaccine Commission (1990-1993), serving the last two years as Vice-Chairman