Meet Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney Eric Ray:
A Capable and Reliable Partner in Your Defense
Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney Eric Ray was born and raised in Somerset, in Pulaski County, Kentucky where he graduated from Somerset High School in 2005. He went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, graduating Cum Laude in 2009. He then stayed in Lexington and attended the J. David Rosenberg College of Law at UK.
While attending Law School, Eric was on the Trial Advocacy Board and became a member of the Student Public Interest Law Foundation. Eric’s goal in Law School was to gain as much practical experience as possible. He worked for the UK Legal Clinic, where he drafted estate planning documents and handled divorces for low-income clients. He also took an externship class with the Lexington Public Defender’s office. This allowed him to not only learn from experienced criminal defense attorneys in the classroom, but he was also able to represent low-income clients of his own, in Fayette District Court.
During his first summer of law school, he volunteered for AppalRed Legal Aid in his hometown of Somerset. Eric was lucky to work under an experienced Lawyer who allowed him to shadow her as she handled domestic violence, employment, and family law cases. During Eric’s second summer, he worked for the Jessamine County Attorney’s Office. Being able to spend an entire summer in Criminal Courtrooms was a valuable experience. Eric was able to learn from and help experienced prosecutors as they handled misdemeanor cases. This final summer confirmed for Eric that he wanted to end up practicing criminal law at some point in his legal career.
Eric graduated from law school in May 2012 and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in October 2012, after passing the bar exam. Once he was admitted to the Kentucky Bar, he worked in Salyersville, primarily handling Social Security Disability claims.
Eric returned to Lexington in 2013 to open his own law firm, where he focuses on criminal defense. He was admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, in 2013. Eric lives in Lexington with his wife, Jennifer Ray, and his two children, James and Taylor.
Although Eric is described as a Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney because his office is in Lexington, he represents clients throughout Central Kentucky, including – but not limited to – the following communities: Anderson County and Lawrenceburg; Bourbon County and Paris; Clark County and Winchester; Franklin County and Frankfort; Harrison County and Cynthiana; Jessamine County and Nicholasville; Madison County and Richmond; Montgomery County and Mt. Sterling; Nicholas County and Carlisle; Scott County and Georgetown; Woodford County and Versailles. However, Eric is not limited to these counties, as he has handled criminal cases in 25 counties in Kentucky. Although travel can make it difficult to take cases too far from central Kentucky, Eric enjoys traveling to new communities to give his clients the time and attention they deserve.