Ray is a technology litigator, loyal advocate, and trusted advisor. His clients rely on his ability to see the big picture, to give practical business advice that speaks clearly to their specific concerns, and to bring effective and efficient litigation strategies to bear on those problems.

Ray has more than a dozen years of litigation experience in both state and federal court, as well as domestic and international arbitration, with significant appellate experience, including litigation before the US Supreme Court.

He represents clients across a range of technology-related industries, with an emphasis on computer hardware and software companies. With learned insight on a variety of technology-related disputes, Ray has advised his clients on copyright, technology licensing, unfair and deceptive trade practices, online defamation, trade secrets and IP disputes.

Recognized as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers, Ray has guided clients through a range of other business disputes, including class actions, directors and officers litigation, business torts and internal corporate investigations.

    Experience

    Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

    • Obtained a $26.3 million compensatory damages verdict (trebled in the judgment to over $79 million) for the Plaintiff in an action alleging fraud, breach of contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices against a UK software company in three-week trial. SAS Institute Inc. v. World Programming Ltd. (U.S.D.C., E.D.N.C.).
    • Defended a major telecommunications company against claims for commercial online defamation and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
    • Represented a pharmaceutical company in an international arbitration involving claims for breach of patent licensing agreement and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
    • Defended former directors and officers of high-technology company against breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and other claims following a merger transaction.  The defense involved complex litigation, including a suit in state and federal court in Louisiana brought by the founder, a separate putative class action in the Delaware Court of Chancery filed on behalf of the common shareholders, and various insurance coverage disputes with two insurers.
    • Represented multiple Native American tribes in appeal of key jurisdictional issue to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court.
       

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    Contact information

    +1 919.755.2158
    ray.bennett@wbd-us.com
    +1 919.755.6068

    Bar admissions

    2007, North Carolina

    Admitted to practice before:

    • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
    • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
    • Supreme Court of the United States

    Education

    • J.D., 2004, Stanford University
      • With Distinction
      • Order of the Coif
      • American Inns of Court
      • Vice President for Development, Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation
    • B.A., 2000, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      • Highest Honors
      • Highest Distinction
      • William R. Davies Scholar
      • President, Phi Beta Kappa