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Matt Ray represents clients in complex litigation matters involving commercial or employment matters. His litigation practice includes the representation of clients in complex commercial litigation matters and parties in all facets of employment, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and wage and hour litigation involving individual, class, and collective claims. His practice also includes representing parites in cases involving the misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, employee raiding, and violations of noncompete agreements. Matt also represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and state agencies in claims of discrimination and wage-hour administrative investigations. Matt has also developed arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution programs. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association and is also admitted to practice before the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the District of Colorado, and the Fifth, Eight, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.



Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 75%
    22 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    22 years

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Simon, Ray & Winikka

2525 Mckinnon St Ste 540
Dallas, TX, 75201-1543


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199310/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerD Magazine2014
Super Lawyer - top 100 TexasSuper Lawyers2014
Super Lawyer - top 100 DFWSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Best LawyerD Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Best LawyerD Magazine2012
Best LawyerD Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSimon, Ray & Winikka LLP2012 - Present
PartnerJones Day1993 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Bar FoundationN/A2012 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Portfolio Media (Law360)From Guiding to Enforcing: DOL Drops Opinion Letters2010
Dallas Business JournalDefending Lawsuits: An Inevitable Part of Doing Business2009
White PaperReductions in Force, the ADEA and the WARN Act: Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls2009
Texas Litigation Guide (Dorsaneo)Employer-Employee Relations, Chapter 2032008
Texas Litigation Guide (Dorsaneo)Employment Litigation, Chapter 203A2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1993
Texas Tech University School of LawAccountingBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dallas Human Resources Management AssociationTrade Secrets and Confidential Information2013
AT&T CLE In-HouseTrade Secrets - Recent Developments and Strategies2013
Dallas Human Resources Management AssociationPreemployment Agreements, Legal Trends and Practical Tips2012
Dallas-Fort Worth Ethics and Compliance RoundtableCompliance Issues with Social Media2011
Dallas Human Resource Management AssociationLegislative Roundtable2011
Teleconference and WebinarFLSA Litigation and Enforcement: Latest Challenges2010
State Bar of Texas 13th Annual Conference and RetreatReductions in Force, the ADEA and the WARN Act: Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls2009
Dallas Business Journal ConferenceChina: An Evolving Battlefield on the War for Talent2008
American Electronics AssociationIndependent Contractors ... Employees or Not?2000