|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|
|Karl Zickrick v. Michael McLerran||Plaintiff Verdict|
|Yvonne Smith v. Knechts Auto Parts and Timothy Sauer||Settled|
|Donald Adamski v. Jeanne McKibben||Settled|
|See all legal cases|
|A Legal Guide for Persons on Foot||Oregon Pedestrian Rights||N/A|
|STCN Website||Bicycle and Pedestrian Legal Articles||N/A|
|A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists||Pedal Power||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|
Posted by Paul
I got to know Ray following a cycling incident in which a car driver intentionally and seriously endangered me while riding my bike in the Portland area. I filed a police report, but authorities informed me that nothing could be done as I had no serious injuries (how fortunate I was?), no witnesses and that the driver had provided a statement indicating no involvement with the incident. Was I disappointed and frustrated - folks still can commit crime and simply get away with it???
Ray’s competence and professionalism, as observed by me through several phone calls, emails and a few in-person meetings, leave no doubt as to his integrity and character in pursuit of doing “the right thing for the right reason”. The driver ended up settling out of court at an overall expense which most likely will help control his anger in the future. With that, Ray’s dedication and commitment was yet another key contribution to making the local cycling environment a little safer for all of us. Thank you!
Posted by Joel
After being run over by a car while bicycling, I received Ray's contact information from two different friends, one living in Wisconsin and another in Oregon! Both friends (who did not know each other) said Ray was "the best in town." I phoned him and he came over immediately and took my case on. The team he assembled was ideal for my situation. Under Ray's guidance, they won me a fair settlement. Thank you Ray.
Posted by Mark
Ray Thomas is a living legend when it comes to bike advocacy and cyclist’s rights litigation. When I was hit Ray Thomas was the first and only recommendation I was given by a friend whose father is a lawyer. My case was fairly black and white as insurance company admitted complete fault in my accident. In that regard I personally didn’t interact with Mr. Thomas a lot. However, I know the man to be highly competent and the exact type of person to help fight for the rights of fellow cyclists.
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