John L. Ray


John L. Ray

John L. Ray is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, and represents clients in their relations with the United States Government and with state and local governments. His law practice draws upon his expertise in government relations, which includes an international, national, regional, and local practice, in both the legislative and regulatory areas. He also provides legal counsel in healthcare, banking, telecommunications, real estate, land use, historic preservation and general corporate law.

Mr. Ray’s involvement in local, national and international affairs and the political processes of Washington spans the past 27 years. He has a long record of leadership in Democratic Party activities and was chairman of the District of Columbia delegation to the 1980 Democratic National Convention. He served as counsel to the United States Senate Antitrust & Monopolies Subcommittee and as an attorney-advisor with the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice.

Mr. Ray served as an at-large member of the District of Columbia City Council for eighteen years. During that period, he served as Acting Chairman, Chairman Pro Tempore of the Council, and Chairman of the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. In those 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. He also served on the Judiciary, Economic Development, Housing and Human Services Committees.

As a legislator, he authored and won Council approval of some of the District’s most progressive and wide-ranging reform legislation including; a major overhaul of the District’s system of licensing and regulating health care professionals and health maintenance organizations; significant revisions to the District laws governing corporations and partnerships; and, revisions to laws affecting government regulation of corporations, rental housing and the insurance industry.

Mr. Ray served as law clerk to Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as an attorney-advisor with the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice. While attending law school, Mr. Ray clerked for two and one-half years for former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas.