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Ray Persons focuses on complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts and product liability. As a senior litigation partner in our Product Liability and Mass Tort and Toxic Tort practices, Ray represents clients in numerous high-profile product liability and tort matters.

Ray has represented clients as lead counsel in more than 75 jury trials, before juries in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., as well as other venues. Client industries include energy, chemicals, media and many others.

Ray has received recognition from a variety of publications. Among many honors, he was the recipient of the Daily Report 2016 Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized as a Top 10 Trial Lawyer in Georgia by Super Lawyers in 2017, following on his designation in 2015 as a Georgia Super Lawyer and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the state.

In addition, Ray was ranked in 2015 and 2016 by Legal 500 U.S. for Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action—Consumer Products, including Tobacco. He was also named a 2015 Local Litigation Star/Top Trial Lawyer by Benchmark Litigation, and recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Mass Tort/Class Actions—Defendants, Commercial Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation—Defendants.

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Credentials

B.S., Armstrong State College, cum laude

J.D., The Ohio State University

Florida

Georgia

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

State Bar of Georgia

International Society of Barristers

Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel

Atlanta Bar Association (Chair, Litigation Section)

Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates

Band 1: Litigation


Chambers USA

Top 10 Trial Lawyers in Georgia


Super Lawyers, 2017


Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products, including Tobacco


Legal 500 U.S., 2015, 2016

Bet-the-Company Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America

Mass Tort/Class Actions: Defendants


The Best Lawyers in America

Commercial Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America

Product Liability Litigation: Defendants


The Best Lawyers in America

2016 Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award


Daily Report

Local Litigation Star/Top Trial Lawyer


Benchmark Litigation, 2015

Georgia Super Lawyer and Top 100 Lawyers in the State


Super Lawyers, 2015

Tradition of Excellence Award, Trial Practice Section


State Bar of Georgia

Matters

Served as national coordinating counsel for one of the world's leading chemical companies in toxic tort litigation covering 23 states.

Lead counsel in over 20 Engle progeny tobacco trials.

Defense liason counsel in a nationwide antitrust case.

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Served as national coordinating counsel for one of the world's leading chemical companies in toxic tort litigation covering 23 states.

Lead counsel in over 20 Engle progeny tobacco trials.

Defense liason counsel in a nationwide antitrust case.

Lead counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in a high-profile lawsuit that was covered on Dateline, Oprah, and 60 Minutes.

Matters

Served as national coordinating counsel for one of the world's leading chemical companies in toxic tort litigation covering 23 states.

Lead counsel in over 20 Engle progeny tobacco trials.

Defense liason counsel in a nationwide antitrust case.

See more
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Matters

Served as national coordinating counsel for one of the world's leading chemical companies in toxic tort litigation covering 23 states.

Lead counsel in over 20 Engle progeny tobacco trials.

Defense liason counsel in a nationwide antitrust case.

Lead counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in a high-profile lawsuit that was covered on Dateline, Oprah, and 60 Minutes.

Credentials

B.S., Armstrong State College, cum laude

J.D., The Ohio State University

Florida

Georgia

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

State Bar of Georgia

International Society of Barristers

Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel

Atlanta Bar Association (Chair, Litigation Section)

Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates

Band 1: Litigation


Chambers USA

Top 10 Trial Lawyers in Georgia


Super Lawyers, 2017


Benchmark Litigation, 2017

Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products, including Tobacco


Legal 500 U.S., 2015, 2016

Bet-the-Company Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America

Mass Tort/Class Actions: Defendants


The Best Lawyers in America

Commercial Litigation


The Best Lawyers in America

Product Liability Litigation: Defendants


The Best Lawyers in America

2016 Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award


Daily Report

Local Litigation Star/Top Trial Lawyer


Benchmark Litigation, 2015

Georgia Super Lawyer and Top 100 Lawyers in the State


Super Lawyers, 2015

Tradition of Excellence Award, Trial Practice Section


State Bar of Georgia