Raymond  L. Harrell, Jr.

Biography

Ray is a labor and employment attorney who focuses his practice on employment litigation. He regularly represents companies in the areas of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, deliberate intent, unemployment appeals, unfair labor practice, and general litigation. He also has experience counseling clients through pre-litigation employment issues, as well as drafting employee handbooks and policies, severance agreements, and other employment contracts. In addition to labor and employment law, Ray has defended companies and municipalities in cases involving industrial accidents, premises liability, civil rights and First Amendment claims, consumer credit and protection, real estate litigation, motor vehicle accidents, and other general litigation and disputes. 

He earned his J.D. from the University of Florida, where he received book awards for obtaining the highest grades in his Legal Writing and moot court courses, and also served as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Trial Practice courses. Ray served as president of the Florida Moot Court team and was a finalist competitor in the Cristol Kahn Paskay Cup. As an undergraduate student at Marshall University, he served two terms as student body president and as the student representative to the Marshall University Board of Governors.

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law  (J.D., cum laude, 2016)
  • Marshall University  (B.A., cum laude, 2013)
    • Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Affiliations/Memberships

  • West Virginia Bar Association
    • Executive Council, member
    • Young Lawyers Division, chair (2017 - present)
  • Defense Research Institute, 2019 Governmental Liability and Civil Rights Committee Seminar Community Service Chair
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • West Virginia State Bar, Appellate Practice committee member

Distinctions

  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Young Lawyer Newsletter Article of the Year (2017)