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Daniel A. Ray Associate

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2015

Court Admissions

  • Southern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas

Education

University of Houston Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 2015

Texas A & M University, B.B.A., Finance, 2012

Language

Daniel is a trial lawyer representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial disputes, including oil & gas, insurance and general business litigation matters. Daniel prides himself in thinking outside the box to best help his clients achieve their business and litigation goals in a cost-effective manner, whether through settlement, trial, or otherwise.

Prior to joining Dykema, Daniel worked in the Houston office of an international law firm practicing business litigation. While in law school at the University of Houston Law Center, Daniel was a member of the school’s national moot court program, competing in four national competitions and winning Best Speaker at the 2015 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition. Daniel also clerked year-round during his second and third years of law school at a litigation boutique specializing in large loss subrogation and commercial litigation.

Experience

Trials

  • Part of plaintiff trial team in a week­long jury trial in federal court on a multi­million dollar breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty case against a Fortune 1000 defendant. Resulted in a favorable settlement for the client on the second day of jury deliberations.
  • Part of defense trial team (second chair) that obtained a complete defense verdict after a week­long jury trial in a premises liability/construction defect case.

Appeals

  • Represented construction company on a successful permissive appeal of summary judgment denial regarding application of the workers' compensation bar to claims by a general contractor's employee against a subcontractor enrolled under an owner controlled insurance policy. Drafted briefing on the merits before the Corpus Christi Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court (498 S.W.3d 68).
  • Part of appellate team that successfully appealed to the Texas Supreme Court regarding application of an insured versus insured exclusion in a D&O policy (512 S.W.3d 890).

Early Resolution

  • Represented international energy services company and sister companies in defense of catastrophic personal injury claims. Resulted in dismissal of all clients for lack of personal jurisdiction and/or on no evidence grounds.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in favor of insurer on the basis that the fortuity doctrine barred coverage for a third-party lawsuit as matter of public policy (2016 WL 7650619).
  • Obtained complete dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit in state court against signatories and related non­signatories to surgery center partnership and management agreements on a motion to compel arbitration.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company as plaintiff in a multi­million dollar breach of contract action with regard to early termination of a product supply agreement. Resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Obtained summary judgment in state court on claims for legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraudulent concealment against client relating to legal representation in underlying patent litigation.
  • Obtained summary judgment in state court in favor of insurer on first party property claim submitted by apartment complex, where underground sewer drain pipe had collapsed, thereby flooding several units.
  • Obtained dismissal for orthopedic surgeon and product manufacturer clients in qui tam action in federal court against claims of False Claims Act violations, unjust enrichment, and payment by mistake.
  • Represented maritime corporation in arbitration defending against claims for breach of agency contract and pursuing counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty. Resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Obtained expungement of a wrongful notice of lis pendens filed on real property by former partner of client and successfully defended against the plaintiff's application for a temporary restraining order to prevent the sale of real property.

Memberships & Involvement

San Antonio Bar Association

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

Order of the Barons

Order of the Barristers