Ray Donley

Ray works on both trial and appellate matters. He has tried cases in both state and federal court, and has handled appeals in the Texas Supreme Court, various Texas courts of appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Ray has represented clients in class action cases, legal malpractice cases, oil and gas cases, and a variety of other types of commercial and general litigation.

Representative Matters

Successfully defended four major airlines in nationwide class action regarding reissue fees.

Successfully defended municipality in class action regarding police officer pay.

Successfully defended employment class action against telecommunications company.

Successfully defended federal court nationwide class action against truck and trailer rental company.

Successfully defended federal court lawsuit against airline alleging violations of the Public Accommodations Act.

Obtained stay of execution from United States Supreme Court in pro bono death penalty case.

Bar Admissions & Activities

Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.


Abilene Christian University, 1977

University of Texas School of Law, 1982

Articles & Presentations

Nonparticipating Royalty Interests:  A Primer

Class Actions in Texas in the Wake of Bernal and Schein

Class Action Update

Class Actions: Developments at the state and federal level

Selected Reported Cases

West Teleservices, Inc. v. Carney, 75 S.W.3d 455 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2001, no pet.)

Shelby Operating Co. v. City of Waskom, 964 S.W.2d 75 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 1997, writ denied)

Ex Parte Chambers, 898 S.W.2d 257 (Tex. 1995)

Raw Hide Oil & Gas, Inc. v. Maxus Exploration Company, 766 S.W.2d 264 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 1988, writ denied)