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Frank A. Ray

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Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Columbus, OH

Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A.
PO Box 21444
Columbus, OH 43221-0444
Phone: 614-223-2121
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1973
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution (90%), Entertainment & Sports (10%)
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For 2021, as in 2017, 2019, and 2020, Super Lawyers ranked Frank Ray as the #1 lawyer in Ohio.

After more than four decades as an accomplished trial attorney, in 2014, Frank Ray transitioned his law practice to focus on offering his services as a private mediator.  He conducts mediations for a broad variety of civil disputes, including complex cases such as class actions and federal multi-district litigation.  Mr. Ray operates as the sole lawyer in his firm, Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A.  When entrusted with mediation of civil disputes, he has produced a strong percentage of settlements for individuals, small and large businesses, insurers, and governmental entities.

As a mediator, Mr. Rays draws on his experience as lead counsel in numerous civil trials and appeals in state and federal courts. In his career as a trial lawyer, Mr. Ray achieved several multimillion-dollar settlements and judgments for his litigation clients, who were both individuals and businesses.

Mr. Ray only conducts mediation conferences at sites in central Ohio.  He is experienced and equipped to host remote mediation conferences using the Zoom platform.

Mr. Ray has mediated cases in the following categories:

* personal injury and wrongful death cases based on tort allegations;

* commercial disputes;

* employment cases;

* eminent domain actions;

* governmental law matters;

* insurance coverage claims;

* construction law cases; and

* intellectural property disputes.

Mr. Ray is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio; the U. S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio and for the Eastern District of Michigan; the 6th and 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; the U.S. Tax Court; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Entertainment & Sports
Focus Areas



19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

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About Frank A. Ray

First Admitted: 1973, Ohio

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified as Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1983 - 2016

Representative Clients

  • Columbus Clippers Triple-A Professional Baseball Organization
  • International League of Professional Baseball Clubs
  • Casto Organization
  • Harsco Corporation
  • Brady v. Safety-Kleen Corp., Ohio, 576 N.E.2d 722, 1991132936, 1991
  • Franklin County Commissioners
  • Triple-A Baseball Club Associates v. Northeastern Baseball, Inc., D.Me., 655 F.Supp. 513, 1987038753, 1987
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Ten Outstanding Young Citizens of Columbus, Columbus JayCees, 1976

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Board of Editors, Manual on Complex Litigation, 4th Ed., Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D. C., 2004
  • "Business Decisions for Business Litigation," Columbus CEO, May 2010
  • "The Dying Art of Jury Selection," Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Spring 2007
  • "Expertly Examining Expert Witnesses: Dazzle the Jury with Understandable Brilliance," Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Winter 2007
  • "Nontraditional Fee Agreements Offer Alternative Payment Options," Columbus Business First, August 25, 2006
  • Columbus Bar Association, "Sports Law Update — The Columbus Clippers' 32-Year History and the Future with the Cleveland Indians," 2008
  • Columbus Bar Association, "Closing Arguments and Jury Instructions from Plaintiff's Counsel's Perspective," 2007, 2008
  • Columbus Bar Association, "Demonstrative Evidence You Can Afford," Chester Professionalism Institute, 2007
  • Columbus Bar Association, "Admissibility and Examination of Expert Witnesses," 2007
  • Ohio State Bar Association, "In the Wake of Runaway Advertising, Tort Reform & Jury Bias: Retooling the Practice of the Plaintiff's Litigator," 2008
  • Ohio State Bar Association, "Improper Examination of Witnesses in Discovery and Trial," 2007
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice, "Professional Advertising, Civility in Discovery, and Competence in the Trial Practice in Ohio," 2008
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, "Do You Have Authority? Plaintiff's Counsel's Perspective on Case Evaluation & Settlement Negotiations," Summer Conference, 2007
  • Ohio Association for Justice, "Legislative Changes to Ohio’s Product Liability Laws and Case Law Update," Product Liability Seminar, 2007  
  • Ohio Association for Justice, "Legislative Changes to Ohio’s Product Liability Laws and Case Law Update," Product Liability Seminar, 2007  
  • Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Ohio (Co-Author), National Business Institute, Incorporated, 1988, 1991
  • Economic Crime Digest (Editor), National District Attorneys Association, Washington, D.C., 1986
  • "How to Prepare for Mediation of a Civil Case", Ohio Lawyer, Ohio State Bar Assn., Nov./Dec. 2015 issue


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Mediation, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Professional Malpractice Law; Columbus Professional Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, 2009; Columbus Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, 2013; Columbus Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year, 2014
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, 2006 – 2007
  • Professionalism Award, Columbus Bar Association, 1997
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1996
  • Michael F. Colley Award for Service to Trial Bar, American Board of Trial Advocates, Ohio Chapter, 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Award of Distinctive Service, National District Attorneys Association, 1977
  • Respected Adversary Award, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2005
  • Lawyer of the Year, Ohio Lawyers Weekly, 1999
  • Professionalism Award, Ohio Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2012
  • "Leaders in Their Field," Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011 - present
  • Bar Service Medal, Columbus Bar Association, 2013
  • Friend of Legal Education Award, Ohio State Bar Association, 2005
  • Fellow Emeritus, International Society of Barristers, 1994
  • Bar Service Medal, Columbus Bar Association, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, Ohio Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2004
  • President, Columbus Bar Association, 2001 – 2002
  • Member, National Council, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Alumni Association, 1998 – 2008
  • President, Columbus Bar Foundation, 2009 – 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, admitted 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, admitted 1987
  • Board of Bar Examiners, Supreme Court of Ohio, 1992 – 1995
  • President, American Inns of Court, Robert M. Duncan Chapter, 1993 – 1994
  • President, Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, 1987 – 1988
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, admitted 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, admitted 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, admitted 1976
  • Member, Rules Advisory Committee, Supreme Court of Ohio, 1995 – 1999
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates, 2007 – 2010
  • Diplomate, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2014
  • President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1989 – 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, admitted 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, admitted 1977

Educational Background

  • The Ohio State University, B. A. in English, 1970


  • Jerry Wray, Dir., Oh. Dept. of Transportation v. Cleveland Cold Storage Co., Prob. Ct. of Cuyahoga Co., Oh., Case # 2010-ADV-154719 -- eminent domain case, representation of commercial land owner whose property was the subject of the State's acquisition -- Judgment Entry for $8.3 million for land owner, 2011
  • The Scotts Co. v. Employers Ins. Co. of Wausau, et al., Ct. of Commoon Pleas of Union Co., Oh. & Oh. 3rd Dist. Ct. App., 2005-Ohio-2557 -- claims for declaratory relief, $16 million dollars in damages, and failure to deal in good faith against commercial insurer -- in aftermath of precedent-setting appellate ruling upholding trial court's motion to compel production of attorney-client communications, on remand, the case settled on confidential terms, 2006
  • American Chemical Society v. Leadscope, Inc. v. Natl. Union Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ct. of Common Pleas of Franklin Co., Oh. & Oh. 10th Dist. Ct. App., 2005-Ohio-2557 -- Judgment issued by trial court and affirmed on appeal in precedent-setting decision imposing obligation on AIG to fund defense of claims brought against individuals under commercial general liability policy, produced $7 million for insureds/clients, 2004
  • Debra Griffin, et al. v. Forrest Fellure, et al., Ct. of Common Pleas of Franklin Co., Oh., Case # 13CV1094 -- personal injury claims arising from four-vehicle auto-truck collision with contested liability and contested damages, verdict and Judgment for Plaintiffs of $383,000, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, 2011

Industry Groups

  • local&federalgovernmentagencies;generalcorporate&businessinterests;Insurance;medicalprofessi
  • State
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Office Location for Frank A. Ray

PO Box 21444
Columbus, OH 43221-0444

Phone: 614-223-2121

Last Updated: 7/27/2021

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