Ray is senior counsel in the Government Contracts and Construction groups. He has broad and deep experience in federal government, international and commercial contract and software licensing law, including drafting, negotiating and managing government and defense, international and commercial contracts and subcontracts, software licenses, and teaming and other agreements. His extensive experience also encompasses litigation/litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, FOCI negation, antitrust, project financing, employment law, investigations, and ethics and environmental compliance.
Prior to entering private practice, Ray served for over 26 years as general counsel, secretary and vice president for multiple telecommunications and high technology companies located in the United States (CenturyLink, Qwest, Raytheon and Hughes), Australia (Tenix) and the United Kingdom (Invensys).
Representative areas of experience include:
- Proposal strategy and support in response to federal agency solicitations.
- Domestic and international taxation, ethics and employment, and federal (FCC) and state (PUC) regulatory tariff issues relating to federal government contracts.
- Drafting and negotiating proposals, contracts and agreements with the General Services Administration, Department of Defense and various defense, civilian and intelligence agencies.
- Drafting and negotiating supply, services, licensing, reseller, teaming and other agreements with both federal prime contractors and subcontractors.
- Program and contract management advice, from contract formation through administration and close-out.
- Bid protests in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and the General Accountability Office (GAO).
- Requests for equitable adjustment, claims, and litigation before the COFC and Boards of Contract Appeals.
- Due diligence and advice on government contract issues in mergers and acquisitions.
- Foreign government procurement matters, including import and export laws.
- “What Government Contractors Need to Know and Do After Hurricane Florence,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, September 2018
- “Ninth Circuit Rules Escobar Two-Part Falsity Test Is Mandatory for Implied Certification Liability Under the False Claims Act,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, August 2018
- “Annual Procurement Law Reforms in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, August 2018
- “Bayh-Dole Act Amendments Governing Ownership of Government-Funded Inventions Take Effect Next Week,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, May 2018
- “GAO Issues Final Regulations Implementing Electronic Protest Docketing System,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, April 2018
- “DoD Implementing Enhanced Postaward Debriefing Rights via Class Deviation,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, March 2018
- “Enhanced Debriefings and Bid Protest Pilot Program Included in FY 2018 NDAA,” Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report, March 2018
- “GAO Issues Annual Bid Protest Report To Congress for FY 2017,” Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report, March 2018
- “GSA Releases Initial E-Commerce Portal Implementation Plan,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, March 2018
- “DOJ Policy Memos Signal Greater Checks and Balances for FCA Enforcement,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, February 2018
- “RAND Corp. Report’s Recommendations to Defense Department on the Bid Protest System,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, January 5, 2018
- “RAND Corp. Submits Report to Congress on Bid Protest Impacts to DoD Procurements,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, January 3, 2018
- “DOJ Recovers $3.7 Billion in False Claims Act Cases in FY 2017; Total Recoveries Exceed $3 Billion Each Year Since 2010,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, December 2017
- “GSA Issues Notice Regarding Commercial e-Commerce Portals Under NDAA Section 846,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, December 2017
- “GAO Issues Annual Bid Protest Report to Congress for FY 2017,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, November 2017
- “Enhanced Debriefings and Bid Protest Pilot Program Included in FY 2018 NDAA,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, November 2017
- “Senate Passes $700 Billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, Including Procurement Reforms,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, September 2017
- “The Threat of a Government Shutdown and What Contractors Need to Know, and Do, Now,” Thompson Hine Construction & Government Contracts Update, August 2017
- “Trump Administration Steps Up Buy American Enforcement,” Thompson Hine Government Contracts Update, July 2017
Ray was a professor in the Contract and Fiscal Law Division of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School from 1986 to 2003. He has taught a variety of subjects in basic and advanced government contract and fiscal law programs for both defense and civilian government lawyers, including contract types, changes, construction contracting, commercial items, competition, government-furnished property, negotiated procurements, organizational conflicts of interest, protests, socioeconomic policies, teaming agreements, inspection, acceptance, and warranties, review of claims, deposition techniques and witness preparation, ethics in government contracting, and purpose and obligation of appropriations.
- Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army Reserves
- Graduate, Program Manager’s Course, Defense Systems Management College
- Listed in Legal 500, 2018
- Chairman, West Point Nomination Board, Representative Gerry Connolly
- District Coordinator, West Point Admissions, Virginia’s 11th Congressional District
- Graduate, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Thompson Hine Formalizes Government Contracts Practice in Washington with Four Senior Lawyers - Thomas O. Mason and Francis E. “Chip” Purcell, Jr. Join the Firm as Partners
May 17, 2017