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Ray Chester

McGinnis Lochridge
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Ray Chester
McGinnis Lochridge


Ray Chester is a civil trial lawyer representing clients in high profile cases all over the United States. He practices both in state and federal courts. He has successfully tried over 35 cases to a jury involving seven-figure, eight-figure and even nine-figure claims. Ray is double board certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Law & Politics every year since 2003.
Representative Experience

As lead attorney received a jury verdict on behalf of a brain-damaged Botox victim in federal court in Richmond, Virginia in April 2011. Case is currently being appealed.
As lead attorney received a jury verdict on behalf of a disabled Botox victim in state court in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in May 2010. Case is currently being appealed.
Was the first attorney in the United States to file and successfully prosecute failure to warn claims on behalf of victim against the manufacturer of the Ortho Evra birth control patch in 2004. He personally developed the liability case for what later became one of the largest pharmaceutical mass torts in the country.
Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a victim of a defective seatbelt system in a case of first impression against the now-defunct Chrysler Corporation.
Defended a multinational corporation in a wrongful death case in Travis County Probate Court in Austin, Texas. Case settled before trial.
Defended a large New Jersey based company in a products liability suit filed in state court in Brownsville, Texas involving a plaintiff who was a quadriplegic. Case settled shortly before trial.

Professional Background

The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 1984 (with high honors, Chancellors, Order of the Coif, Texas Law Review)
The University of Texas, B.B.A. 1981 (with highest honors)
Admitted to Practice: Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Court for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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