Ray’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appellate matters, including fair trade and other statutory/regulatory disputes, 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, has argued numerous cases before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, federal circuits and state appellate courts, and has played a significant strategic and advocacy role in numerous complex commercial litigations at the trial court level. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Ray served for years as a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the California Attorney General.
Ray is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has served as the firm’s Global Chair of its Litigation Department, as a member of the firm’s Senior Management team, as the San Francisco Office Managing Partner, as the Practice Group Leader of the firmwide Appellate Group, and is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. Ray also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and on the Leadership Council of the Center for Youth Development Through Law. The Chambers and Legal 500 publications have ranked Ray as among the top in his field, and he has also repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America and as a Northern California "Super Lawyer."