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Jeff Ray

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Firm Name
Ray | Peña | McChristian, P.C.
Address
5822 Cromo Drive
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El Paso, TX 79912

Website
http://www.raylaw.com
Areas of Practice
Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Transportation Law, Wrongful Death
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5822 Cromo Drive, El Paso, TX, USA
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31.816948
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Practice Summary
Practice Overview
Jeff Ray is known as a trial lawyer. He is one of the few lawyers who spends much of his time in court and in front of juries throughout the Southwest. He has tried or has been lead counsel in cases in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Ohio.

During his career, a number of Mr. Ray’s cases have received national recognition, including defense verdicts in pipeline explosion, tire defect, automobile defect, product defect, oil field accident, refinery explosion, transportation accident, and liquor liability cases (reported by various news sources, including CNN, USA Today, Business World and ABC News). He has also represented businesses and clients as plaintiffs and has obtained substantial verdicts and settlements on their behalf.

In July 2015, Mr. Ray represented a client with property in Mexico and Texas acquired during a 19-year period. The client was offered virtually no business assets in a complex and high asset/business divorce case. After a lengthy trial in the 388th District Court of El Paso County, Texas, the jury awarded $23.7 million dollars to Mr. Ray’s client.

In May 2014, in Santa Fe, NM, Mr. Ray defended a regionally and nationally publicized case involving the deaths of two teenage Navajo Nation girls and serious injuries to their parents. He represented an international bar and restaurant corporation in a liquor liability case. The bar was accused of selling over 88 ounces of beer to a patron who left the bar and later rear-ended the family at a very high rate of speed. Plaintiffs demanded $30 million at jury selection, and a multi-million dollar offer was rejected by plaintiffs. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.

In 2012, Mr. Ray acted as Plaintiffs' counsel for his clients. After a two-week trial, he recorded the highest fraud verdict in Texas for 2012 when a jury awarded Mr. Ray’s clients over $20 million. The verdict is ranked in the top 100 verdicts in the U.S. for 2012 and 2013 and has recently been recognized from 2012 to 2015 in the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame.

From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Ray was the lead trial counsel for a major utility company in the largest wildfire in the history of Texas, the Bastrop Complex Fire Litigation, where he represented the utility against over 600 plaintiffs and 40 attorneys with damage claims totaling over $450 million. Mr. Ray’s client secured a substantial confidential settlement on its cross-claim in the fire litigation.

In 2009, Mr. Ray represented a major pipeline company in an explosion case in New Mexico involving 27 plaintiffs. He defended the company in a multi-million dollar, 2½ month trial. The plaintiffs demanded over $50 million at jury selection. The jury returned a complete defense verdict for the natural gas corporation.

In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Ray represented a major tire manufacturer in a multiple fatality/brain damage case in Texas. Plaintiffs demanded $24 million. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for the corporation.

In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Ray and his trial team represented a worldwide clothing manufacturer in over 2,000 claims and cases filed by workers who had suffered various respiratory, formaldehyde, and other related injuries. The cases were all pending in counties along the South Texas Border. After trying and securing four straight defense verdicts over the course of two years, the remaining cases were dismissed.

Mr. Ray was born and raised in the small South Texas town of Cuero. His father was disabled and his mother was a leather factory laborer. He worked his way through high school, college, and law school by working as a musician, a laborer in the South Texas oil fields, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico as a floor and derrick hand for major drilling companies. His work ethic is unparalleled. He has also been awarded numerous professional and community awards for his service to others.

Mr. Ray is married to Catalina Delgado-Ray. He is the proud father of three incredible children: Cristina, Sydney, and Joaquin "JJ" Ray.
Awards & Honors
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
National Panel Counsel for Major Insurers
Texas Super Lawyer
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
AV Preeminent Rated
Outstanding Lawyer, El Paso Bar Association, 2010
Top 100 Verdicts in the U.S., 2012
Inspiring Generosity Award, Mexican American Bar Association, 2014
Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, 2014
Memberships
El Paso Bar Association, Treasurer 2017-2018
El Paso Bar Association, Secretary of the Board of Directors, 2016-2017
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New Mexico
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
International Association of Defense Counsel
Defense Research Institute
New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Christian Legal Society
Trucking Industry Defense Association
Speaker for the State Bar of Texas and other organizations on Litigation topics
San Antonio Bar Association
Additional
Honored with his teammates by Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports as Legends of High School Football
National Eagle Scout Association
Texas High School Football Back-to-Back State Championship Teams (Co-Captain)
Musician (Rock and Jazz drumming)
Heroism Award for Life Saving Rescue
Enjoys Running, Cycling, Yoga, Outdoor sports
AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)
Admissions
Texas
New Mexico
U.S. District Courts - Western District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, and Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
Education
St. Mary’s University School of Law
J.D., 1982

Honors:
St. Mary’s Law Journal
Dean’s Honor List
National Order of Barristers
National Mock Trial Team
Outstanding Trial Advocate of Law School
Outstanding Appellate Advocate of Law School
Instructor, Legal Research and Brief Writing

University of Texas at Austin
B.A., with honors
Google Reviews
Google Reviews
Ray Peña McChristian, P. C. Attorneys at Law

5822 Cromo Dr, El Paso, TX 79912, USA

(915) 832-7200

5 out of 5 stars

Rachel Scott

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

Love this firm!

Matthew White

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

Highly recommended.

bratislav velimirovic

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

Extremely high quality law firm

Tony Buonvino

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago