Charles D. Ray


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185 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103

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.


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


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

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