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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
    5.0 out of 5


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, with highest honors, 1989
  • B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1976

    Law Clerk, Hon. David M. Shea, Connecticut Supreme Court, 1989-1990

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules for the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts

Charles D. Ray

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    F: 860.724.3397

Mr. Ray counsels clients primarily in appellate litigation. He appears regularly in the Supreme and Appellate Courts of the State of Connecticut and has represented clients in appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Ninth and Federal Circuits. Mr. Ray has argued or otherwise been involved in more than one hundred appellate cases during the course of his career. Those cases cover a broad spectrum of subject matter, ranging from commercial business litigation to matrimonial matters and criminal cases.

Mr. Ray's practice also extends to litigation in state and local tax appeals. In this arena, Mr. Ray has tried a number of matters de novo, including actions challenging decisions made by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, as well as actions challenging valuation decisions made by local assessors for purposes of real and personal property taxes. Most recently, Mr. Ray was lead trial counsel in cases brought to determine the fair market value of a nuclear electrical generating facility and a big-box retail store. Both cases settled after trial.

Finally, Mr. Ray also represents clients in administrative appeals that involve decisions rendered by state and local administrative agencies. Mr. Ray has handled cases involving decisions rendered by the Connecticut Siting Council, the Connecticut State Traffic Commission, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, as well as decisions rendered by various local planning, zoning, wetlands, conservation and sewer boards and commissions. Much of this work involves close coordination with our Real Estate practice group in land use matters, where the client's proposed project is being opposed at the local level and in court. During the course of his career, Mr. Ray has developed extensive experience in dealing with opposition claims brought under the intervention rules contained in the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act. Mr. Ray's experience includes litigation related to the development of an open air shopping center in addition to litigation related to other development projects.

Mr. Ray was designated as a Connecticut Super Lawyer in 2011-2018. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Martindale-Hubbell is published by Internet Brands, Inc. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above.  No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

Successfully defended the district court’s reduction of a relator’s attorneys’ fee request in a qui tam action. United States, ex rel. Donald Palmer v. C&D Technologies, Inc., 897 F.3d 128 (3d Cir. 2018).
Filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Ireland in a case involving a search warrant seeking e-mail communications controlled by Microsoft but stored in Ireland.  United States v. Microsoft Corp., ___ U.S. ___, 138 S.Ct. 1186, 200 L.Ed.2d 610 (2018); In re Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp., 829 F.3d 197 (2016), rehearing denied, 855 F.3d 53 (2d Cir. 2017).
Successfully defended the trial court’s decision to confirm an arbitration award in a matrimonial matter. Toland v. Toland, 179 Conn. App. 800, cert. denied, 328 Conn. 935 (2018).
Successfully defended the trial court’s award of attorneys’ fees in a foreclosure matter. Stratek Plastics, Ltd. v. Ibar, 179 Conn. 721 (2018).
Teamed with Greater Hartford Legal Aid in a pro bono matter in which our client sought predicate findings to be used in an application for special immigrant juvenile status.  The probate court and trial court refused to consider our client’s requests because he had turned 18 during the proceedings.  The Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed those rulings.  The Connecticut Supreme Court reversed and ordered further proceedings on our client’s application. 


Mr. Ray has appeared as a faculty member at several seminars devoted to appellate practice and procedure, most recently at the Connecticut Bar Association's Appellate Advocacy Institute.