John L. Ray

John Ray is a former member of Manatt, Phelps & Phillip, LLP's board of directors and former administrative partner of the firm's Washington, D.C., office. His law practice concentrates on advising clients in zoning and land use, public policy and regulatory, and business and municipal representation. He regularly helps his clients resolve complex matters by drawing upon his extensive experience advancing private sector clients' public policy agendas in the federal and municipal government arenas.

Mr. Ray also provides legal counsel in healthcare, banking and real estate.

Mr. Ray's involvement in local, national and international affairs and in Washington, D.C.'s political processes spans 27 years and his record of leadership in Democratic Party activities is long and distinguished, including serving as chairman of the District of Columbia delegation to the 1980 Democratic National Convention and as a member of the Democratic National Committee's Mid-Atlantic Finance Committee. On the Hill, he served as counsel to the Senate Antitrust & Monopolies Subcommittee and, in the Executive Branch, he served as an attorney-advisor with the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice. Mr. Ray also served as law clerk to Circuit Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mr. Ray's experience includes 18 years as an at-large member of the District of Columbia City Council. During that period, he served as acting chairman and chairman pro tempore of the Council, and chairman of its Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, in which positions he dealt with consumer protection, business licensing and regulation, insurance and health care licensing and regulation, housing regulation, public utilities and some aspects of banking; and drafted and guided through passage legislation establishing the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking as a cabinet-level agency. He also served on the Council's Judiciary, Economic Development, Housing and Human Services Committees.

Other legislative achievements included authoring and winning Council approval of some of the District's most progressive and wide-ranging reform legislation including: a major overhaul of the its system of licensing and regulating health care professionals and health maintenance organizations; significant revisions to laws governing corporations and partnerships; and revisions to laws affecting government regulation of corporations, rental housing and the insurance industry.

Mr. Ray also served on the Mid-Atlantic and Virginia Boards of Directors and Audit Committee of Wachovia Bank (aka First Union Bank).

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Administrative Law, 2) Election Law, 3) Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy, 4) Financial Services and Banking, 5) Government & Regulatory, 6) Healthcare, 7) Hospitality and 8) Land Use
Law School The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1973)
Education George Washington University (B.A., 1970)
Bar Member / Association Washington State Bar Association
Most recent firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Relevant Jobs
LITIGATOR WANTED
USA-DC-Washington

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. an AV rated DC based personal injury law firm seeks attorney with the desire and personality for extensive client contact. Must have excellent writing and or...

Apply now

National Firm seeks Partners in Washington DC with AmLaw 200 Background (8+ yrs)
USA-DC-Washington

Culhane Meadows PLLC, one of the largest national non-traditional law firms in America, seeks experienced partner-level attorneys in the Washington, DC area. We are actively recruiting new partners wh...

Apply now

Supervisory Paralegal
USA-DC-Washington

Supervisory Paralegal Responsibilities:-Reports to Project Manager; may also have significant contact with COR, Government Case Manager, trial attorneys and staff, client agency staff, and opposing ...

Apply now

+ View more jobs
Anthony Ciasulli
Anthony Ciasulli

Anthony Ciasulli is a senior counsel in Morgan Lewis's Real Estate Practice. Mr. Ciasulli represents both developers and lenders in connection with commercial, residential, industrial and resort real estate.

Barbara A. Fitzgerald
Barbara A. Fitzgerald

Ms. Fitzgerald represents employers in a wide range of industries, including the entertainment, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and transportation industries.

Barbara J. Shander
Barbara J. Shander

Ms. Shander advises public and private company clients as well as private equity funds, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and financing transactions.