Frank A. Ray

Top rated alternative dispute resolution attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A.
Frank A. Ray
Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A.

Practice Areas: Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1973

Education: The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023
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Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A.

PO Box 21444
Columbus, OH 43221-0444 Visit website


For 2021, as in 2017, 2019, and 2020, Super Lawyers ranked Frank Ray as the #1 lawyer in Ohio.  For 14 consecutive years, Frank has been ranked as a "Top Ten" Super 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

Alternative dispute resolution

Focus areas


  • 100% Alternative dispute resolution

First Admitted: 1973, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

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
Educational Background:
  • The Ohio State University, B. A. in English, 1970
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Ten Outstanding Young Citizens of Columbus, awarded by Columbus JayCees, 1976
Representative Clients:
  • Columbus Clippers Triple-A Professional Baseball Organization, 1976
  • International League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc., 1979
  • Casto Organization, 1987
  • Harsco Corporation, 1981
  • Brady v. Safety-Kleen Corp., Ohio, 576 N.E.2d 722, 1991132936, 1991
  • Franklin County Commissioners, 1976
  • Triple-A Baseball Club Associates v. Northeastern Baseball, Inc., D.Me., 655 F.Supp. 513, 1987038753, 1987
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1998
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified as Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1983
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®, 1985
  • Mr. Ray is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Mediation, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Professional Malpractice Law.  Best Lawyers also selected as Columbus, Ohio Professional Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in 2009 and Columbus, Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year., Columbus, Ohio Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, 2006
  • 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
  • At the time of this award, Mr. Ray had just completed his service for his one-year appointment as Director of NDAA's Economic Crime Project in Washington, D. C.  The Project was funded by the federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration to coordinate a 50-city network of state prosecutors for prosecution of white-collar crime, consumer fraud, and governmental corruption., Award of Distinctive Service, National District Attorneys Association, 1977
  • Mr. Ray was the first recipient of this now-annual award by OACTA., Respected Adversary Award, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2005
  • Mr. Ray was selected for this award based on his precedent setting decision from the Ohio Supreme Court in Brady v. Safety-Kleen Corporation., Lawyer of the Year, Ohio Lawyers Weekly,, 1999
  • Professionalism Award, Ohio Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2012
  • Leaders in Their Field - Civil Litigation, Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011
  • 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
  • Member, National Council, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Alumni Association, 2009
  • President, Columbus Bar Foundation, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, 1987
  • Board of Bar Examiners, Supreme Court of Ohio, 1992
  • President, American Inns of Court, Robert M. Duncan Chapter, 1993
  • President, Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • Member, Rules Advisory Committee, Supreme Court of Ohio, 1995
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates, 2007
  • Diplomate, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2014
  • President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1977
  • 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:
  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Energy
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Securities

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“One of the best mediators in the country, particularly in personal injury/toxic tort cases.”

“Frank is a lawyer's lawyer.”

“Frank is one of the finest attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working. He is professional and creative is resolving matters.”

Office location for Frank A. Ray

PO Box 21444
Columbus, OH 43221-0444

Phone: 614-223-2121


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