Timothy Ray

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Timothy Ray is co-chair of Holland & Knight's Product Liability Team and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide for Commercial Litigation. He concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, complex commercial litigation, antitrust and class action defense. He has tried close to 40 jury trials to verdict in complex civil litigation matters.

Mr. Ray has worked as a leading trial lawyer for more than 20 years. He has represented clients in a broad range of disputes, including consumer fraud, domestic and international arbitration, cross-border distribution and joint venture agreements alleging anticompetitive behavior, antitrust, bad faith insurance litigation, false advertising and false claims act litigation.

He has represented clients in Doha, Qatar, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in various commercial disputes with U.S. companies. In doing so, he has developed a deep understanding of the legal issues that are involved in commercial dealings via joint venture agreements with Middle Eastern companies.

Among his breadth of representation, Mr. Ray has defended several original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in product liability litigation. Most recently he defended a German company in a putative class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida involving various defect, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), breach of warranty, and consumer fraud allegations concerning a sensor housing that was responsible for the release of airbags in various automobiles. All counts were dismissed at the pleading stage.

Mr. Ray also successfully defended a national retail chain engaged in the sale of pet animal products and services in four putative class actions involving false advertising allegations. These allegations included claims concerning the term "all natural" and the purported health benefits claimed by certain products. He was one of the first lawyers to have dismissed, at the pleading stage, a false advertising case against a national retail chain in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He defended several middle-market manufacturers of health and wellness products in multiple false advertising cases. He also has represented online travel agents before the National Advertising Division (NAD) concerning the accuracy of published fares.

In addition, Mr. Ray successfully defended an Italian motorcycle manufacturer before the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in product safety investigations.

As part of his practice, Mr. Ray represents high-net-worth families involved in significant trust disputes with beneficiaries.

In the community, Mr. Ray provides pro bono representation to indigent clients in cases in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including on matters involving employment discrimination.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2018, 2019
  • Outstanding Service, Illinois Supreme Court, Committee on Professional Responsibility, 2007-2015
  • Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Bar Foundation, 2010
  • Dedicated Service, Chicago Bar Association, Board of Managers, 2009-2011
  • 40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2004


  • Product Liability Advisory Council, Board of Directors
  • University of Iowa College of Law, Board of Directors
  • St. Rita High School, Board of Directors
  • Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, Former Board Member
  • University of Iowa College of Law Chicago Alumni Steering Committee
  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
  • Cook County Bar Association