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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.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Swanson Thomas & Coon

820 SW Second Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, OR, 97204-3087


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
Advocacy Volunteer of the YearBicycle Transportation Alliance2011
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
super LawyerSuperLawyers2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2007
Public Justice AwardOregon Trial Lawyers Association1999
Trial Lawyer of the Year FinalistPublic Justice1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerSwanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State BarMemberN/A
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationPast Board MemberN/A
National Lawyers Guild, Litigation CommitteePast ChairN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Public JusticeMemberN/A
Oregon Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yvonne Smith v. Knechts Auto Parts and Timothy SauerSettled
Donald Adamski v. Jeanne McKibbenSettled
Yifang Qian v. Duck Soon PaikSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
A Legal Guide for Persons on FootOregon Pedestrian RightsN/A
STCN WebsiteBicycle and Pedestrian Legal ArticlesN/A
A Legal Guide for Oregon BicyclistsPedal PowerN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUII Major Crash Investigation CLEIntersection of Criminal Prosecution with Civil Practice2015
Bicycle and Pedestrian Legal Clinics (Ongoing)Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian LawN/A