Mediator | Arbitrator

Hon. Elizabeth Ray

Hon. Elizabeth Ray

Texas Justice Center

4900 Fournace Place, Suite 200
Bellaire, Texas 77401

Tel: (888) 852-3010


Practicing as a mediator/arbitrator/trial specialist (2015-present). Texas state civil district court judge for 23 years (sitting judge 1992-2009 and 2013-2015, visiting judge 2010-2013). General counsel for global water company (2010-2013). Partner, Dillard & Ray (1987-1992) primarily handling complex commercial disputes. Senior Associate, Calvin, Dylewski (1985-1987); Associate, Hirtz & McDonough, (1983-1985), Solo Practitioner, 1981-1983), Clerk, U.S. Magistrate, Ft. Worth (1979-1981).

Over 500 jury trials (as a judge) involving complex commercial cases, oil and gas disputes, mass
torts, labor and employment matters, insurance, construction and all matters that come before
the district court, a court with no jurisdictional ceiling in the State of Texas. Approximately 20 jury
trials (as a litigator) prior to being elected to the bench.

Since 2015, selected by agreement of counsel to mediate in over 500 controversies ranging from
complex commercial disputes to trade secrets, personal injuries, employment, med-mal and energy disputes. These include cases (or pre-suit matters) pending in state, federal and
international tribunals.

Arbitrator in over 200 cases between 2015 and present. These cases involve allegations of breach
of contract, breach of trade secrets, fraud, breach of employment contract, partnership disputes,
multi-million dollar disputes between insurance companies and doctors/hospitals, discrimination,
construction defects, theft of trade secrets, oil and gas disputes, class actions involving healthcare
issues, employment disputes, real estate transactions, several construction cases and complex
commercial cases of all types.


Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Health Systems
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury & Torts
  • Real Estate


  • Texas Tech University 1975
  • Baylor School of Law 1978

Memberships, Affiliations & Licenses

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, 1993
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2010 (current Treasurer, Houston branch)
  • Attorney’s Mediation Institute, Mediation Training, 1992
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of International Arbitrators, 2017
  • Rated “AV” by Martindale – Hubbell for over 40 year
  • Selected as 1 of 10 “Women on the Move” by the Texas Executive Women, 1999
  • Trial Judge of the Year, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2006
  • Recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Award, State Bar of Texas, Women and the Law Section,
  • AAA Commercial Panel
  • AAA Large Complex Case Panel
    AAA Non-Subscriber Panel
  • AAA Energy Panel
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panel of Neutrals
  • Judicial Workplace Arbitrations, all panels
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
    Texas and Houston Bar
  • Associations (ADR and Litigation Sections)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association, Fellow
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Social Motions Skills, Chair, Board of Directors
  • The Center for Pursuit, Board Member
  • St. Andrews Episcopal Church
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Life Member)

Local Areas Served

  • All regions in Texas
  • All regions in the U.S.
  • Austin
  • Basin & Range Province
  • Dallas
  • Great Plains
  • Gulf Coast Plains
  • Houston
  • North Central Plains
  • San Antonio


  • English