In high school, Ray had an experience that crystallized the type of work he wanted to do: A football teammate and friend was accused of violating the school’s code of conduct and faced possible expulsion, but Ray talked his friend through the incident and helped him organize his presentation of the facts to the school’s conduct review council. When his teammate won and avoided punishment, Ray realized that his efforts had made a real difference, and he would continue to pursue that feeling throughout his life and legal career.
Ray attended law school at Loyola University New Orleans. After graduating and becoming licensed in Louisiana, he worked for a prominent defense firm in their commercial litigation section, assisting various business owners in commercial disputes across the Gulf South. Ray later moved to and became licensed in Texas where he continued his work defending various business entities in both commercial disputes and personal injury lawsuits.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated Ray’s hometown of New Orleans, he felt compelled to help victims of natural disasters, so he joined the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance in Fort Worth. Leading a team of attorneys, he helped thousands of individuals and businesses across the country recover from hurricanes, floods, tornados, snowstorms, and other disasters.
Later, Ray joined a Dallas-based firm to represent individuals as well as business and municipal entities in claims against industrial employers, product manufacturers, and their insurance companies. For the past year and a half, Ray has worked on litigation involving hearing loss and Hurricane Ike insurance claims as well as the New Orleans major multi-district lawsuit (MDL) concerning defective Chinese drywall.
Because of Ray’s close ties to the Gulf South, he identifies with his clients’ struggles in dealing with personal tragedies. He sees his work with Hossley & Embry as his opportunity to help make a difference in their lives.
Ray is not all work and no play, however. He enjoyed playing football throughout his early life and played on his college team as a defensive lineman. Today, he coaches youth soccer and basketball. Additionally, he serves as President of the Board of Directors for his neighborhood homeowners’ association.
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D., 1997)
- Rhodes College (BBA, 1991)
Bar and Court Admissions
- Texas (2001)
- Louisiana (1997)
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- S. District Courts for Eastern, Middle & Western Districts of Louisiana
- S. District Court for Northern District of Texas
- Texas Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
Contact Raymond Turcotte: email@example.com