W Ray Persons (Ray)

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W Ray Persons

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Ray Persons is among the nation’s preeminent trial lawyers, whose practice focuses on complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts and product liability.  He is a senior litigation partner, having been lead counsel in over 75 jury trials, 90 percent of which went to verdict.  During the past five years, he has tried cases before juries in Florida, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.  He is a frequent lecturer and presents papers on class actions, product liability and trial techniques across the country.  He is a Past President of the Atlanta Bar Association, and past Chair of the Evidence Study Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.

Publications

  • “Symposium on Evidence Reform,” Foreword, Georgia Law Review, Spring 2013, Volume 47, Number 3

  • “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

MEMBERSHIPS
American College of Trial Lawyers
International Society of Barristers
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
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

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

ADMISSIONS
Florida
Georgia