Biography

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.

Timberlands

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.

Services/Industries

Education

  • 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

Honors

  • 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

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

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

Firm Highlights

Blog

Revenue Procedure 2021-30: A New and (Further) Improved EPCRS

The Internal Revenue Service has updated the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) in several respects that will be helpful to retirement plan sponsors. Revenue Procedure 2021-30 , published July 16, 2021, replaces the...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Event

MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us as we sponsor MAME’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament! Proceeds go to the MAME Scholarship Fund to help support students interested in entering the manufacturing and trade industry in Maine. At...

Publication/Podcast

Using Legal Project Management in Merger and Acquisition and Joint Venture Transactions, Third Edition

Dennis J. White co-edited the 2021 American Bar Association publication entitled Using Legal Project Management in Merger and Acquisition and Joint Venture Transactions: A Guidebook for Managing Deals More Efficiently and Effectively, Third Edition...

Blog

Retirement Plan Administrators: Are You Ready to Comply with the New Lifetime Income Disclosure Requirement for Benefit Statements?

Lifetime Income Disclosure Requirement . The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”), enacted December 20, 2019, added a new annual disclosure requirement for benefit statements to participants...

Blog

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

News

65 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2022, Including Eight Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 31, 2021) – 65 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2022 , including 8 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer in...

News

New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Impacts Many Maine Employers and Workers

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Publication/Podcast

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

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