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Philip David Ray

Criminal defense Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.7   9 reviews

also known as Philip D. Ray, Philip Ray

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Criminal Trial Experience: Murder Manslaughter Aggravated Robbery Robbery Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Aggravated Sexual Assault Sexual Assault Aggravated Assault Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance Possession of a Controlled Substance Possession of Marihuana Driving While Intoxicated Intoxicated Manslaughter Intoxicated Assault Assault Family Violence False Report to a Public Servant Theft And many more.

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Juvenile law
    40%
    As a misdemeanor prosecutor in the County Attorney's Office in Granbury, Texas I earned valuable experience working with the juveniles in Hood County. I also have the unique experience of working on appeals out of the juvenile court, including one that was successfully argued and won at the Texas Supreme Court. Since that time I have been primarily working on felony charges of the most serious kind, which allows me to keep the whole system in perspective when defending young people in Texas.

    23 years, 50 cases

  3. Appeals
    10%
    In my prosecutorial career and now as a defense attorney, I have worked on several criminal and juvenile appeals. I only take very specific appeals for very particular criminal circumstances. Please inquire further if you or a loved one needs help.

    23 years, 10 cases

As an attorney who is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Philip D. Ray is an exceptional advocate for his clients accused of violating the law. Mr. Ray has the experience, courtroom skills, and understanding that every person facing criminal charges deserves to have representing them. As a successful trial attorney, Philip has handled over One Thousand (1000!) Felony cases throughout his twelve-year career.

In the Federal Courts, Mr. Ray has handled Major Felony cases in the US District Court of the Northern District of Texas in Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Ft. Worth, and Dallas as well as Major Felony cases in the US District Court of the Eastern District of Texas in Plano and Sherman. (Including International Conspiracy Cases involving the distribution of controlled substances WORLD WIDE.)

In the State Courts, Mr. Ray regularly defends accused citizens of major felony crimes including Murder, Manslaughter, Aggravated Robbery, Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, Burglary of a Habitation, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Possesion of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Intoxicated Manslaughter, Indecency with a Child, and other accusations. Mr. Ray also represent people on misdemeanor accusations of Family Violence, Driving While Intoxicated, or any other circumstance where his vast trial experience can be a benefit to the Client.

In 2011, Philip D. Ray became Board Certified, Criminal Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In 2010, Philip formed an association with Patrick McLain, and Jeffrey King in our current offices at McKinney Place: 3131 McKinney Ave #825, Dallas Texas 75204.

2002–2010 Misdemeanor and Felony Trial Attorney: Philip began his trial experience in Granbury, Texas as an assistant County Attorney. For nine years, he progressed through misdemeanor courts into felony responsibility across Texas moving from a small jurisdiction to larger ones and on to a county considered one of the premier places in Texas to prosecute, the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office. He established a strong work ethic and quickly earned the respect of judges, supervisors, colleagues and the criminal defense bar. He gained a reputation for being tough but fair in the courtroom. Philip was assigned a wide–range of cases, including misdemeanors, juvenile cases, grand jury case presentations and felonies of all degrees. From small quantity marijuana cases to murder charges, Philip has seen all manner of criminal accusations. He negotiated and reviewed thousands of criminal cases. Philip received invaluable jury trial experience at the felony level for more than Fifty (50) felony trials.

2000-2002 Philip worked as an intern in the Denton County District Attorney’s office, then as a trained mediator for several County Courts at Law while clerking for a private attorney in Dallas

Philip D Ray will answer your questions and give you objective legal analysis. Philip represents clients in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and throughout the entire State of Texas, including all cities in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Cooke, Collin, Eastland, Hood, Navarro, and Rockwall counties.

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Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2011
  • Certificate of Mediation, Texas Tech School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2010

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D.
  • Austin College, Sherman, Texas
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Honors: Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honor Society
    • Major: Philosophy
    • Minor: Physics
  • St. Mark's School of Texas
    • H.S.

Published Works

  • Back to Basics: a clip and save guide to filing deadlines
  • Back to Basics: an intro to the prosecution of clandestine meth manufacture, The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 36 Number 4 July-August 2006
  • Advisory Board Member, Texas Prosecutor Journal
  • Author: Multiple Articles, Texas Prosecutor Journal

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor: DWI Regional Seminars, Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA)
  • Faculty Advisor: Trial Skills Course, Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • College of the State Bar
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TDCLA)
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (DCDLA)
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCCDLA)
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Electronic Case Filing System (ECFS)
  • Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), Associate Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Williamson County (Georgetown, TX) District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2008 - 2010
  • Potter County (Amarillo, TX) District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • Cooke County District Attorney's Office (Gainesville, TX), Assistant District Attorney, 2003 - 2006
  • Hood County Attorney's Office (Granbury, TX), Assistant County Attorney, 2002 - 2003

Fraternities

  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon

 

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Location

Philip David Ray
3500 Maple Ave.
Suite 400
Dallas, TX, 75219

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Lori | September 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did a great job
Mr. Ray represented my son and understood the trials of a young man going through PTSD from serving our country at war. Aaron has a renewed opinion of where he wants his life to go by Mr. Ray getting him another chance.
Posted by Aaron | September 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consummate Professional
Mr.Ray saved my future and was dedicated to my livelihood from the start. ˈkänsəmət/ 1.showing a high degree of skill and flair; complete or synonyms:supreme, superb, superlative,superior, accomplished, expert,proficient, skillful, skilled, masterly,master, first-class, talented, gifted,polished, practiced, perfect,ultimate;  Never have I felt so reassured by someones confidence and ability to effectively demonstrate their magnificent talent. His leadership and experience in the courtroom validated all professional recommendations. This man gave me hope, confidence, and the ability to continue perusing my dreams. Without his Consummate Professionalism I wouldn't be where I am today. Thank God for Mr.Philip Ray. Aaron D. Ball
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Posted by Daisy | December 20, 2014
Professional Awesome Caring Trustworthy
My case is still on going but i have to say Mr.Ray is on it i have no doubt in my mind that he will get the best results for me. He is a very passionate person about his job he's not the type of lawyer that just wants a pay check he really cares i have had trust issues my whole life but i can honestly say i trust in him and know from the bottom of my heart that he will get the job done. Not only is he the best but his assistants are awesome as well they make you feel at home when visiting the office when you call you can always speak with someone its not a hold and wait game. Mr.Ray takes it to the heart when you have kids he understands that people makes mistakes he is a honest and straight foward person i recommend him to anyone that is having legal problems reguardless of my outcome i be satisfied with knowing that Mr.Ray represented me and he fought to get the best results for that i am thankful!!!
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Posted by Ginger | October 10, 2014
Professional AND Knowledgeable
I was involved in a case for a friend and never dreamed how complicated a trial really is. There are so many rules and guidelines and Mr. Ray was on top of all of it! I had no doubt going into trial that everything had been handled and we got a great outcome. If you need a criminal attorney, Mr. Ray is the lawyer you want to represent you. His background with the district attorney's office and his experience speaks for itself!
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Posted by Robert | October 3, 2014
A review from a litigator with three decades of experience: Mr. Ray is outstanding
I am a lawyer and am chairman of my law firm's litigation department. I oversee the work of dozens of lawyers. I am familiar with the standard of practice for lawyers, and my ratings of "excellent" across the board are based on more than three decades experience as a litigator. Mr. Ray represented my son in a serious criminal matter. He provided excellent legal advice, and also emotional support. He always returned telephone calls, and he always kept me up to date. My son was looking at serving prison time, but Mr. Ray was able to negotiate probation. Thanks to Mr. Ray, our son is now home with us and finishing college, as opposed to serving time in prison. Mr. Ray is an excellent lawyer, and an excellent person. He litigated this case as if it were his own son facing criminal charges. I cannot praise him highly enough. Hire him with confidence that he will do the best job possible.
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Posted by Melvin | September 30, 2014
Saved our Son
Philip represented our Son in a federal drug case. I have to say our son did not give Philip a lot to work with. He was looking at up to 45 Years as a repeat offender. Long story short by taking Philips advice and our son electing to do the right thing he received a 27 year sentence which was reduced to 131/2 years. I would simply put it this way, listen to his advice and trust what he says. I can say getting this reduction gives our son a great chance to still have a productive life.
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Response from Philip Ray October 1, 2014
Thank you, Melvin. Be proud of your son. He created a terrible situation for himself, but his character came through in the end.
Posted by Jeanna | June 13, 2011
Review for Phillip Ray
I called several lawyers to discuss handling my case and they all said it would be "almost impossible" for my friend to avoid serving the remaining 24 years of a 40 year sentence after a parole violation of a 3rd DUI. Mr. Ray also concluded that it would be a very difficult case, but he seemed the most knowledgeable and confident that he could get a good outcome for my friend. He charged a fair fee and he worked wonders. He visited my friend often in the jail and kept both of us informed and up to date throughout the entire process. In my opinion, he worked a miracle. My friend got a sentence of only six months. I would recommend Mr. Ray to anyone needing help. He is also very personable and it is easy to contact him at any time.
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Posted by james | February 2, 2011
outstanding lawyer
highly recommend this lawyer. He did a wonderful job protecting my family.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2014
sky high lawyer
I have a felony warrant out of all the attorneys in Dallas he is the only one I found that charges $300 for 5 minutes of his time I told him I had a warrant he verified it tell me his fee was very very high and he could not help me in charge me 300 dollars since then I called him twice to asking one question and I have yet to get a reply from him or his office I wished I would have kept my $300 and seen and other attorney before him and not still be $300 ahead today.
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Response from Philip Ray October 20, 2015
Some of the most serious charges are the most expensive. I wish you the best of luck in your circumstance, and hope you get the legal support that you need.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial Attorney
  • Law Office of Philip D Ray
  • 2010 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Williamson County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Potter County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Cooke County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Hood County Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Texas Tech School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 2000
  • Austin College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Cook
  • Client Exonerated at Grand Jury
  • State v. Eans
  • Client Exonerated at Grand Jury
  • State v. Belkin
  • Client received MINIMUM punishment under the law
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Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2010 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Juvenile Justice Committee
  • No Value
  • 2010 - Present
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law
  • Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Mediation
  • Texas Tech School of Law
  • 2000

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Juvenile Delinquency Advanced Topics Spring Seminar
  • Facilitator
  • 2011
  • DWI Regional Seminar
  • Driving While Intoxication
  • 2010
  • DWI Regional Seminar
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • 2009
  • Prosecutor Trial Skills Course
  • Faculty Advisor
  • 2008
  • DWI Regional Seminar
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (31)
Endorse Philip
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Philip knows his stuff and is helps other lawyers learn theirs."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Friend
"Philip is an excellent lawyer and person. I recommended a client to Philip for a criminal matter and my client was very happy with Philip's representation. I have no hesitation in recommending Philip."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Philip. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Philip has a wealth of knowledge regarding criminal law that I draw upon regularly. His ten years of experience as a prosecutor allows him a perspective that is critical for analyzing your case, as it allows him to see it from not only your side, but as a prosecutor would. This perspective allows him to prepare and fight for your case in a way that counteracts, or at least balances, the governments case whenever possible. Additionally, Philip's board certification in criminal law puts him in an elite field among criminal defense lawyers. If I personally needed a criminal defense lawyer, Philip would be on my team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"I fully endorse this lawyer. Phil litigates like his life depended on it. He is smart, aggressive and responsive. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, it would be hard to find one better than Phil."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As an attorney, Phillip is my first phone call if I ever have a question. He is an outstanding and knowledgeable defense attorney I'd trust without hesitation is I was ever charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I tried a case against Phil when he was a prosecutor. I was very impressed. Phil has the one thing you never want to see in opposing counsel...likability with the jury. He was prepared, thorough, and very knowledgeable . I'm glad to see he's no longer prosecuting!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Philip is a highly knowledgable and compassionate defense attorney. Whether the case is a class C misdemeanor or 1st degree felony, Philip always returns calls and always works tirelessly on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Philip is a very knowledgable criminal defense attorney. He is a very enthusiastic practitioner. A great resource."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Phil Ray was too caring and thoughtful to prosecute for Williamson county. I am sure he will combine those qualities with his broad experience and thorough knowledge of criminal law to become an excellent criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Phillip Ray while he was a prosecutor in Williamson County, he has great trial skills and proved to be an outstanding attorney. I have no doubt this skill set will make him an extremely effective defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I was searching for an experienced attorney in criminal law who had the highest integrity, dedication, and work ethic. I found that in Philip Ray. Since leaving prosecution to defend the citizen accused, Philip has achieved some outstanding results for his clients. He is superb defender of his clients and will do everything in his abilities to get the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Phillip on the opopsite side of a serious felony case when he was a prosecutor. He was ethical, courteous and very well prepared. He is a very good lawyer and I would entrust him with the defense of a loved one."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Philip both personally and professionally for nearly 15 years. I find him to be one of the most intelligent, ethical, and responsible attorneys in the profession. Philip has a high attention to detail and understands the criminal justice system like few others in Texas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Philip Ray is a knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled attorney. He takes the time to get to know not only the facts of the case, but the people involved. Because of this, Mr. Ray is both an excellent advocate and a committed counselor for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Philip for several years and my experience with Philip was when he was a felony prosecutor. I have tried a very serious felony case against Philip as well. Philip is an honest, hard working and well prepared lawyer. He has a broad knowledge of criminal law and I know he fights hard in the court room. One of Philip's best qualities is that he is a straight shooter. He will give you his honest opinion and he knows what he's talking about."
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