Ray was admitted to the bar in 1979 and is a member of the bars of the Oregon State and Federal courts. He obtained his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1979.
Before going to law school, Ray worked as a private investigator and in a variety of manual trades including equipment operator, welder's apprentice, janitor and crew supervisor. Ray has focused his practice on injury cases including personal injury and product liability. He has presented educational seminars on insurance and personal injury topics, and has organized and presented seminars for Oregon and national gatherings of attorneys. He is a regular commentator on pedestrian and bicycle law and safety.
His past positions include two years on the board of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, two years on the board of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), membership on the BTA Legislative Committee, and seven years as chair of the National Lawyers Guild Litigation Committee. He started a series of free legal clinics for bicycle riders in 1994, and gives regular bike and pedestrian law and safety presentations. His book Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists is now in its 8th edition, and he is the author of Oregon Pedestrian Rights: A Legal Guide for Persons on Foot (2007).
He loves to row and race his bike up hills. He and his law partner, Jim Coon, have led (these days they mostly follow) the Monday/Thursday Noontime Lawyers Bike Rides since 1991. Ray has four children and is active in Oregon’s bicycle, traffic, and work safety communities as an activist, commentator, and speaker.
Licensed since 1979
Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Advocacy Volunteer of the Year||Bicycle Transportation Alliance||2011|
|Public Justice Award||Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||1999|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist||Public Justice||1999|
|Founding Partner||Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton||1982 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Past Board Member||N/A|
|National Lawyers Guild, Litigation Committee||Past Chair||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Oregon Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|DUII Major Crash Investigation CLE||Intersection of Criminal Prosecution with Civil Practice||2015|
|Bicycle and Pedestrian Legal Clinics (Ongoing)||Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Law||N/A|