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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.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Delta Theta Phi

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    15 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Juvenile: 40%
    15 years, 50 cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    15 years, 10 cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • Grant Klein Frankfurt

    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.


    Grant Frankfurt Family Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Philip. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200108/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified in Criminal LawBoard of Legal Specialization2012
Certificate of MediationTexas Tech School of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyLaw Office of Philip D Ray2010 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyWilliamson County District Attorney's Office2008 - 2010
Assistant District AttorneyPotter County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2008
Assistant District AttorneyCooke County District Attorney's Office2003 - 2006
Assistant County AttorneyHood County Attorney's Office2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2010 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasN/A2010 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionN/A2010 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Juvenile Justice CommitteeNo Value2010 - Present
Texas District and County Attorneys AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. CookClient Exonerated at Grand Jury
State v. EansClient Exonerated at Grand Jury
State v. BelkinClient received MINIMUM punishment under the law
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 39 Number 6Back to Basics: a Clip and Save Guide to Filing Deadlines2009
The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 36 Number 4Back to Basics: an Intro to the Prosecution of Clandestine Meth Manufacture2006
The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 36, Number 6Back to Basics: a Clip and Save Guide to Filing Deadlines2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Austin CollegePhilosophy (Physics Minor)BA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Juvenile Delinquency Advanced Topics Spring SeminarFacilitator2011
DWI Regional SeminarDriving While Intoxication2010
DWI Regional SeminarDriving While Intoxicated2009
Prosecutor Trial Skills CourseFaculty Advisor2008
DWI Regional SeminarDriving While Intoxicated2008