Ray works with clients in developing and maintaining strong relationships with local and state officials, as well as community stakeholders, to advance clients' legal and legislative matters, particularly for non-profit and gaming industry clients.
Bringing over 23 years of local and statewide political experience to the table, Ray currently sits as an appointed Member on the Executive Committee for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. Ray is also a former Mahoning County Democratic Party Treasurer and a former Mahoning County Democratic Party Executive Committee Member. Ray has worked with and advised officeholders and political candidates at all levels of government over a span of the past three decades.
Ray has also successfully argued cases on behalf of clients in various Courts of Common Pleas throughout the State of Ohio, in addition to various Ohio Appellate Courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. He has served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, as well an Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor. Ray is certified as a specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and was recently appointed to the OSBA’s Workers’ Compensation Specialty Board. Ray is a frequent speaker and moderator of presentations for both Calfee clients as well as the general business community.
Ray currently serves on the Executive Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Lawyer’s Guild for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Ray is a former member of the Board of Directors and Governance Committee for the Cleveland Play House. He previously chaired the Board of Directors of the Ursuline Center for the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. Ray has also served as president of the Board of Directors for the Beatitude House; vice president of the Board of Directors for the Youngstown Playhouse; a member of the Mahoning County Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services Board; chairman of parish council for St. Michael Parish in Canfield; and as a member of the City of Canfield’s Charter Review Committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley, Class of 2001. Through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ray has also participated as an instructor in the 3Rs program as well as a judge for its mock trial competitions.
Ray previously maintained a private practice where he counseled clients in corporate and business law as well as general civil and criminal litigation. He joined Calfee in 2009.
- Government Relations and Legislation
- Business, Corporate and Commercial Litigation
- Labor and Employment
- Labor and Employment Litigation
- Workers’ Compensation and OSHA
- Workers’ Compensation and OSHA Litigation
- White Collar Defense and Investigations
- University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1994
- Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, M.B.A., 1990
- Hiram College, B.A., cum laude, 1987
- State of Ohio
- U.S. District Court (Northern District of Ohio)