Private Practice – Limited to Criminal Defense


Ray opened his law office in 1992 and limits his practice to criminal defense.  He emphasizes crimes of violence, including murder and manslaughter, assaults, robbery, domestic violence and sexual assaults (rape, indecent liberties, child molestation, etc.).  He also handles all levels of drug offenses and property crimes (such as burglary, theft, forgery, identity theft, fraud, malicious mischief, etc.) as well as criminal traffic offenses (vehicular homicide & assault, reckless driving, and hit & run).


Ray handles both felonies and misdemeanors and his clients include both adults and juveniles.


He has tried over 100 felony jury trials in over 30 years as a criminal lawyer, first as a prosecutor in King County and now as a criminal defense attorney.


He has appeared in most courts in Western Washington and regularly accepts referrals for cases in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap Counties. He also occasionally accepts referrals for cases in other counties.


Judge Pro Tem, King County Juvenile Court

Ray served as a judge pro tem in the Juvenile Division of King County Superior Court for about five years from 2000 – 2005. He presided over numerous trials and participated in the daily operation of the court.


Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County Prosecutor’s Office

Ray worked for Norm Maleng in the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle from 1983 to 1990 and handled all types of cases, including aggravated murder, serious violent assaults, and adult and child sexual assaults.



University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, J.D. – Juris Doctor - 1981
University of Washington, Seattle, B.A. – Bachelor of Arts - with Distinction in History, 1978


Other Experience

University Beyond Bars (UBB), Seattle

  • • Board of Directors, 2015 – present

UBB is a non-profit organization providing post-secondary education to prisoners at the Washington State Reformatory and Minimum Security Unit at Monroe.

King County Bar Association, Seattle:

  • • Board of Trustees, 1998 – 2001
  • • Awards Committee, 2001 – 2004 (Co-Chair, 2003-04)
  • • Chair, Equitable Compensation for Assigned Counsel Task Force, 1999
  • • Judicial Screening Committee, 1995 – 2000 (Co-Chair, 1999-2000)
  • • Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1995 – 1998 (Chair, 1997-98)


Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL):

  • • Legislative Committee, 2000-01, 2002-03
  • • Co-Chair, Office of Public Defense Assigned Counsel Task Force, 1999-2000
  • • Prosecutorial Misconduct Task Force, 2002-03


Member, City of Seattle/Seattle Municipal Court Public Defense RFP Review Panel, 2008

Instructor, Univ. of Washington Private Investigator State Certification Program, 2002-03


Ray has testified on behalf of WACDL at legislative committee hearings in Olympia regarding proposed legislation related to felony murder (2003) and reimbursement of attorney fees in self-defense cases (1997). Ray has written articles on various topics for the King County Bar Bulletin and WACDL Defense magazine.


He has also given several CLE presentations over the years and he has given presentations for the paralegal training programs at Edmonds and Highline Community Colleges.


Active Member, Washington State Bar Association (admitted 1982)
Admitted, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Admitted, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit