Ray combines his labour and employment and professional regulatory practice with active involvement in community and legal organizations.
Ray is a senior trial lawyer well known for focusing on labour disputes and professional regulation.
He provides counsel and strategic advice to labour clients and trade union organizations and helps resolve concerns that range from day-to-day issues to complex disputes. He advocates for trade union clients at labour and employment tribunals, labour relations boards, and in courts throughout Atlantic Canada.
He is also active in matters of professional regulation where he advises and represents professional regulatory bodies and acts as a chair of discipline tribunals.
Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2009, Ray has been chosen by Best Lawyers in Canada as Lawyer of the Year – 2016 for Halifax in the area of Administrative and Public Law. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 in the fields of employee benefits law and labour and employment law. He is listed as a leading practitioner in labour law by the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
He has been ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for many years, which reflects the highest possible standing for legal ability and ethical standards.
An advocate for reforms in labour relations, employment standards, and workers’ compensation legislation in the Atlantic region, Ray also writes and speaks on labour law, employee rights, and professional regulation issues.
Ray served as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society from 2002 to 2003 and has participated in many of the Society’s committees. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
A founding partner of Pink Larkin, Ray received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 1993.