Ray's experience as in-house counsel to a major supermarket chain gave him the perspective shared by many of his clients, allowing him to offer the practical guidance that clients look for in making business decisions. As a member of the firm's Real Estate Group, Ray focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial development, including site acquisition and leasing, governmental licensing and permitting, construction, and financing.

Ray has worked on transactions involving marine terminal facilities, vessel financing, and other marine-related matters. His work has also included the acquisition and development of supermarket, shopping center, medical, housing, and other projects, as well as divestiture, site acquisition, and development work for electrical utility and telecommunications clients. Ray has provided real estate and zoning advice in the build-out and reconfiguration of hundreds of telecommunications sites in every part of Maine, including the development of towers, and of rooftop and stealth installations.


Ray has represented clients in the timber and forest products industry in a wide variety of matters including purchases and sales involving hundreds of thousands of acres, complex partitions and land trades, agreements relating to the exploration and extraction of mineral rights, and the negotiation of management, harvesting, wood supply, and other operational contracts.



  • Boston College Law School  (J.D., summa cum laude)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor, Boston College Law Review
  • Georgetown University  (B.S., magna cum laude)

Public Service

  • Vice Chair, The Greater Portland—Russian Sister City Committee (1997-present)
  • Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Real Estate: Timberlands/Conservation
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Real Estate Law
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Real Estate: Business, Land Use/Zoning and International

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
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