For more than 25 years, Ray has represented clients in trials across the country. The nature of the trials has been diverse: defending companies against product liability claims, pursuing and defending businesses in fraud and contract disputes, and pursuing doctors, accountants, and others for malpractice. Success led to his engagement as national trial counsel and as science expert coordinator for companies involved in toxic tort and product liability litigation, as lead counsel in securities class action litigation, and as Special Asbestos Defense Counsel for a former asbestos product manufacturer in bankruptcy.
As part of his practice, Ray has conducted extensive research to determine how best to present scientific and technical evidence and to deconstruct opposing evidence. Ray has had particular success proving the unreliability and inadmissibility of scientific evidence, even when the evidence had previously been widely accepted.
As Special Asbestos Defense Counsel for Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, for example, Ray led the defense to the scientific merits of the plaintiffs’ claims against Garlock in its estimation trial. He coordinated the preparation and presentation of Garlock’s experts and the challenges to the Asbestos Creditors’ Committee’s experts. With co-counsel, Ray worked on the integration of Garlock’s defense to the merits of the claims with the other aspects of Garlock’s estimation case. The court ruled in Garlock’s favor, finding industrial hygiene evidence Garlock challenged is “pseudo-science at best” and concluding:
It is clear that Garlock’s products resulted in a relatively low exposure to asbestos to a limited population and that its legal responsibility for causing mesothelioma is relatively de minimus.
Ray is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating in legal ability and ethics. He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Mathematics) in 1985 and received his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University in 1988. Ray speaks frequently at public and private conferences on trial tactics, challenging the reliability of expert testimony, and jury research.