Ray was practice leader for the Appellate Group until 2013, when he became Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s San Francisco office. Ray's practice focuses on commercial appellate matters, including commercial licensing/intellectual property, financial services, products liability and mass torts, employment discrimination, telecommunications and other litigation. He has had lead responsibility for more than 150 appellate matters in the state and federal courts, and has argued numerous cases before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, federal circuits and state appellate courts.
Prior to focusing his practice on appellate law, Ray also worked on commercial litigation matters at the trial court level. He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, is the former Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. Ray also has been appointed to the State Bar's Committee on Appellate Courts, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and on the Board of the Center for Youth Development Through Law. For multiple years running, Ray has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America in Appellate Law and as a Northern California "Super Lawyer," and Legal 500 has repeatedly recognized Ray as an appellate lawyer of distinction.