Leader, Product Liability Defense
Mckenna Long & Aldridge
A distinguished counselor and litigator, Ray is a leader of the Product Liability defense practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge. He has risen to national prominence in a number of high profile tort cases, defending companies in the Exxon Valdez litigation; the Cell Phone Radiation Hazards lawsuits; the "Fen-Phen" litigation; the nationwide Repetitive Stress Injury suits; claims arising out of "friendly fire" accidents during Operation Desert Storm; and "war crimes" allegations filed against manufacturers of military weapons systems sold to Israel.
Ray also has an extensive product liability prevention practice, counseling companies on mechanisms for reducing their tort exposure for products/services sold to government and commercial entities. He is significantly involved in providing such counseling to companies selling "homeland security" products and services, such as chemical/biological detection devices; perimeter security systems; biometric identity products; and airport security systems. Ray was intimately involved in authoring key provisions of the SAFETY Act, a new federal statute that is part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The SAFETY Act protects companies from tort lawsuits arising out of the sale of homeland security products and services.
In addition to his role as a litigator, Ray is a member of the Firm's Board of Directors. Ray previously served as the Co-Vice Chairman of McKenna Long & Aldridge from 2002-2003. He was responsible for implementing McKenna's long range growth and positioning strategy in the marketplace. Prior to the merger, Ray held several leadership positions at McKenna & Cuneo including that of Vice Chairman and a member of the Management Committee.