Frank A. Ray

Attorney Profile

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 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (90%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (10%)
Attorney Profile

In 2017, as a result of Super Lawyers' selection process, Frank Ray was "Ranked Number One" 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 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Alternative Dispute Resolution (90%): Mediation

Entertainment & Sports (10%): Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law

Focus Areas

Mediation, Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018

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About Frank Ray

Admitted: 1973, Ohio

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Honors and Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

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

Representative Clients:

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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

  • Insurance
  • State & Local Government
Office Location for Frank A. Ray

PO Box 21444
Columbus, OH 43221-0444

Phone: 614-223-2121


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Last Updated: 3/15/2018

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