Richard L. (Ricky) Ray
Richard L. (Ricky) Ray began to practice law after he graduated from SMU Law School in 1974. He passed the bar then and moved back home to Canton, where he grew up. He graduated from Texas A & M in 1968. He served two tours in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant and received the Combat Infantry Badge, several bronze stars with valor, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and others. He served as County Judge of Van Zandt County for 8 years. He is past chairman of the East Texas Council of Governments, which covers 14 counties in East Texas.
Mr. Ray, in his 41 years of practicing law, has developed a broad civil trial practice, which emphasizes social security disability representation, personal injury litigation, business, contract and civil litigation as well as estate/will contest litigation.
Mr. Ray has tried many trials in the above areas and has extensive trial experience. He was a lead counsel on the first phen-fen drug personal injury case to achieve a verdict in the United States. While primarily a Plaintiff’s attorney, he has represented many substantial business clients, including Wyeth-Ayers, Kohler, All-American Plains, and Hatfield Restoration.
In addition he has represented many individual clients (i.e. divorces, wrongful death, adoption, probate, wills, social security disability claimants, etc) while developing a broad and well-known reputation in East Texas as a successful litigator who places great importance on ethical behavior and legal professionalism.
Richard L. Ray of Canton, Texas was duly admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States in 2015.
He has been a member of Who’s Who in America Law, American Trial Lawyers, Texas Trial Lawyers and the American Judicature Association. He is admitted to practice before the U.S.Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts. He is a member the Dallas Bar Association, the Van Zandt County Bar, NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives), and the Social Security Disability Section of the American Justice Association. As a member of the faculty of the National Business Institute, he was a lecturer for Texas attorneys’ Continuing Legal Education (CLE) series “Handling a Social Security Disability Case” and “Effective Hearing Tactics”, 2010, 2011, & 2012.