Raymond Ward defends clients in a range of industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, insurance, and health care, in complex, document-heavy toxic-exposure and other tort cases. As the lead brief writer in a litigation arising from a massive industrial plant explosion, Ray and his team gained a reversal from an appellate court of an $88.75 million judgment against his client, an electrical-products manufacturer.
In litigation stemming from another industrial accident, the Louisiana Supreme Court peremptorily reversed a court of appeal’s judgment, ruling in favor of his client. In an appeal representing a state medical board, he obtained reversal of a district court’s judgment and reinstatement of the board’s disciplinary action against a physician involving his treatment of 11 patients.
Ray serves clients in complicated appellate litigation that requires him to dig through the labyrinth of a big-record case to find and craft the client’s story, and then clearly convey that narrative to the panel of appellate judges. He studies what judges have written so he can get a sense of the way they think – to get inside their heads and their hearts – and convince them to see the case his way. He fully realizes that written and oral persuasion is the stock-in-trade of his service to clients.
Frequently asked to share his knowledge of appellate practice with other lawyers, Ray conducts presentations and writes articles on appellate advocacy and legal writing. A blog he regularly writes is considered by Louisiana appellate lawyers as the leading such media outlet in the state for all aspects of Louisiana civil appeals.
He’s among the first group of lawyers (currently only six statewide) to be certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as an Appellate Practice Specialist, a highly respected certification that requires a difficult-to-attain set of criteria.
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1990
- Franciscan University of Steubenville, B.A., 1980
Professional Affiliations & Memberships:
- American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers
- Defense Research Institute, Appellate Advocacy Committee
- Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
- Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers, Board of Directors
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