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L. Ray Maples, II

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Health Care Attorney in Edmond, OK

Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst
15401 North May Ave
Edmond, OK 73013
Phone: 405-478-3737
Fax: 405-513-5005
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed in Oklahoma Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Health Care, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Ray leads our nursing home neglect and abuse team.  He has a heart for helping victims and their families when they have sustained a severe personal injury or death due to someone else's negligence.  Ray began his legal career at a large firm in Atlanta Georgia, handling personal injury litigation matters on behalf of large corporations and insurance companies.  He quickly realized that his passion was for helping individuals, not corporations. 

About L. Ray Maples, II

First Admitted: 2000, Oklahoma

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 2000
  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum Member
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice Nursing Home
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma

Educational Background

  • Graduated Valdosta State University Valdosta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Juris DoctorateValdosta State University, 1993 Major: Marketing

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Wrote the book, Dont Wreck Twice, in an effort to help Oklahomans in the event of an accident.  , Author, Dont Wreck Twice, 2010
  • Trial Lawyer represented his client to a successful resolution, Trial Lawyer, Boler v Security Health Care, LLC, 2014 OK 80 (US Supreme Court, Certiorari Denied, 135 S. Ct 2379 (2015)
  • Trial Lawyer who represented his client to a very successful resolution, Trial Lawyer, Johnson v Convalescent Center of Grady County, LLC, 2014 OK 102
  • Trial Lawyer who represented his client to a successful resolution, Trial Lawyer, Sauders v Mangum Nursing Ctr., LLC, 2016 OK CIV APP 53
  • Trial Lawyer who represented his client to a successful resolution, Trial Lawyer, Maree v Neuwirth, 2016 OK 62
  • I was privileged to write a book to provide families when faced with the decision to put their loved ones in a nursing home that they could use as an instructional guideline in choosing the correct home.  This book is basically my musings on what one should look for before making that tough decision.  I was fortunate to have a lot of input from people that I perceive as being very scholarly and who have the same heart for the elderly as my firm does., Restore the Dignity, 2012


  • Our firm has been blessed with handling several cases that were over seven figures and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients that are too numerous to put down but some of which can be seen on our website.  Wren v. Kinzer   Oklahoma County Case No. CJ-2010-3560 is a 2011 case that I am very proud of.  On or about the 16th day of June, 2009, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, Plaintiff Jerry Lee Wren was traveling northbound on I-35 when Defendant Linda Michelle Kinzer, also traveling northbound on I-35, turned around to talk to her son in the back seat of her car, struck the rear-end of Plaintiff’s vehicle.  Plaintiff had $29,033.13 in medical and it was Plaintiff's position that he needed a back surgery that had not happened as of August 30, 2011. Verdict for Plaintiff-$500,000.00., 2011
  • I was priviledged to represent Ms. Betty Smith on behalf of her sister and obtained a $3,000,000 verdict against the following Defendants. IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF PONTOTOC COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA    BETTY ANN SMITH, as Personal Representatives of the Estate of MARY JO   CUSHMAN, Deceased  v.  IHS BALLARD NURSING   CENTER, INC. d/b/a BALLARD NURSING CENTER; IHS  HOLDINGS, INC.; IHS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS, INC.; and BART REED Defendants.      Death of 81 y/o old lady who died of sepsis, UTI, dehydration and acute on chronic renal failure unneccessarily.  She went into Ballard for therapy and died a horrific death just 39 days later.  , 2014


  • Rising Star , Super Lawyers, 2011
  • , Life Team Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • , AV Preeminent Rating , Martindale Hubbell
  • A lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar advocates forum., Life Time Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2009

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Our firm was priviledged to have handled a case where the OK Court of Civil Appeals reversed a ruling by the lower Court that dismissed an owner of a nursing home for his direct actions based on a horrible law enacted by our legislature.   The Court of Civil appeals reversed that ruling and the owner is still a defendant in the case.  Lowell v. GLC-Mangum., 2015
  • We obtained two favorable opinions regarding arbitration agreements from the OK Supreme Court at the end of last year and both were against Grace Living Center homes  (Boler, 2014 OK 80;  and Churchill, 2014 OK 102) – In those cases the OK Supreme Court has held (as in Bruner v. Timberlake et al, 2006 OK 90) that GLC was wholly intrastate and not preempted by the FAA – and that the beneficiaries’ claims were not derivative such that they could be bound by an agreement signed by the decedent.  Great opinions on behalf of Oklahomans.  Unfortunately GLCs are trying to get the US Supreme Court to look at this but hopefully they realize that this is nothing more than a state issue.    , 2014

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Participated in Lawyers Against Hunger which was started by fellow attorney Noble McIntrye and helped families with a Thanksgiving meal., 2018
  • Started the Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst Back Pack Drive to help inner city kids with school supplies etc.  Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst and other generous donors provided hundred of school back packs for kids. , 2015
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Office Location for L. Ray Maples, II

15401 North May Ave
Edmond, OK 73013

Last Updated: 5/19/2022

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