W Ray Persons (Ray)

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W Ray Persons

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Ray Persons is a seasoned trial lawyer, who focuses his practice on complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts and product liability.  Mr. Persons regularly appears before the state and federal courts throughout the country and has served as lead counsel in more than 75 jury trials.  He is a frequent lecturer and presents papers on class actions, product liability and trial techniques.  He is a recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Tradition of Excellence Award. 

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers

  • International Society of Barristers

  • Litigation Counsel of America

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

  • International Association of Defense Counsel

  • Defense Research Institute and Trial Lawyers Association

  • American Health Lawyers Association

  • Atlanta Bar Association

  • State Bar of Georgia

  • American Bar Association

  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Publications

  • “The Rule of Law,” The Atlanta Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 10, April, 2008

  • “A Threat to Judicial Independence,” The Atlanta Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 3, September, 2007

  • "Preparing and Delivering the Defense Closing Argument," The Practical Litigator, ALI-ABA, May, 2005

  • "Recent Developments in U.S. Products Liability Law," Australian Product Liability Reporter, June, 2004

  • "Professionalism in the New Millennium," Georgia Bar Journal, December, 2004

  • Course materials for over 40 presentations on litigation, class actions and professionalism
INDUSTRIES
Tobacco
Energy

EDUCATION
J.D., The Ohio State University
B.S., cum laude, Armstrong State College

ADMISSIONS
Florida
Georgia