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
Fax: not-in-use
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (90%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (10%)
Attorney Profile

In 2017 and again in 2019, 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 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%)

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About Frank Ray

Admitted: 1973, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 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
  • 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, International Society of Barristers, 1994
  • Bar Service Medal, Columbus Bar Association, 2013

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

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
  • Member, 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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

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


  • 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

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

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

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

PO Box 21444
Columbus, OH 43221-0444

Phone: 614-223-2121

Fax: not-in-use

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Last Updated: 8/26/2019

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