Selected To Best Lawyers In America

Recognized By His Peers

Year after year, Ray Thomas has been nominated and selected by his peers as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. 

Ray Thomas is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, the oldest and most respected peer review rating organization for lawyers. AV-Preeminent is the highest peer rating standard given to lawyers who are ranked by their peers at the highest level of professional excellence for legal expertise, communication skills and ethical standards. 

Ray Thomas has been accepted as a Fellow by the International Society of Barristers. Selection as a Fellow follows a rigorous screening process involving input from judges and peers. The Society recognizes “each era’s best advocates…of exceptional talent whose qualities including integrity, honor and collegiality, embody the spirit of the true professional.”

Ray Thomas has been nominated by his peers and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America, a peer review service that recognizes the top legal talent in America.

Ray Thomas is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor reserved for the top 1/3rd of 1% of Texas lawyers whose professional, public and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the legal professional and the community.  Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Super Lawyers. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas using a multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. For 17 consecutive years, Ray Thomas has been selected to Super Lawyers. 

Ray Thomas holds the rank of Advocate and Senior Life Fellow with the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Ray Thomas has been an invited speaker and panelist for audiences in the United States, Mexico and Central America. He has also been invited to serve on the faculty of several continuing legal education courses and seminars.

Distinguished Service

Thomas has served as a Director of the State Bar of Texas, President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Commissioner of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the Executive Committee of the Litigation Council, and numerous other leadership positions. Appointed by the Texas Supreme Court, Thomas served several years on its Grievance Oversight Committee. Thomas is a speaker at continuing legal education seminars. A recognized authority on cross-border litigation, Thomas was appointed as honorary counsel to the Mexican Consulate in McAllen by the government of Mexico. In 2004, Thomas received special recognition by the Governor of Zacatecas, Mexico, for his legal work on behalf of migrant families.

Faith and Family

Thomas has served his community through various civic organizations, such as the Vannie Cook Children’s Cancer Foundation and the Board of Governors for the Boys & Girls Club of McAllen. He’s a former President of the Club and the Chair of a Capital Campaign, which raised more than $5 million to build a new, state-of-the-art club house for underprivileged youth. Married for 33 years and an active father and grandfather, Thomas also farms Texas Pecans and breeds Wagyu and Beefmaster cattle on his family ranch in Seguin. On December 18, 2010, Thomas was ordained permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church serving at Our Lady of Sorrows, McAllen, Texas. He owns a Christian recording studio dedicated to helping young artists spread the Gospel through inspiring music.


Ray is the go-to lawyer in South Texas–not just because of his outstanding courtroom skills and legendary charm, or because he is connected with everyone in the Valley. Ray’s care and faith make him someone we all trust. For 20 years, I’ve watched Ray lead organizations, donate his time and money to worthy causes, and make impassioned courtroom arguments. All in all, Ray is the complete lawyer and person.
Michael Hurst Dallas
On behalf of a major corporate client, I interview, hire, and work with attorneys all across the country. As a result of that work, I am privileged to meet and work with the finest people and best lawyers out there–Ray Thomas is right at the top of that list. Ray is not only one of the best lawyers in the state of Texas, he is without hesitation one of the best lawyers in the United States.
Thomas Walk Salt Lake City
I have known Ray since he first started trying cases and watched him grow personally and professionally. He is an outstanding trial lawyer, a great husband and father, and a credit to South Texas and the state of Texas. He also is a person of great faith and integrity whose word is his bond, and he exemplifies all those virtues and values that we respect and aspire to be in supporting the Rule of Law in America.
Hugh Hackney Dallas
Having worked with and against Ray in several matters, I can say from experience that he has that rare combination of high intellect and the ability to clearly distill complex disputes into clear and persuasive jury arguments. More importantly, his colleagues, opponents and the courts can and do rely upon his word as he ethically and zealously advocates for his clients.
Jason Davis San Antonio
I have known and worked with Ray Thomas for over twenty years. Ray epitomizes a truly great lawyer. He deeply cares for his clients and their interests without reservation.
George Phair Blanco
Ray Thomas is widely considered one of the finest trial lawyers in Texas. He is always prepared, always takes the fight to the opponent and is extremely persuasive. True persuasiveness comes from only one source–integrity, and Ray's life defines integrity. 
Michael Guerra McAllen
Ray Thomas has proven through the years that he is the go-to trial lawyer in the Valley. His dedication and commitment are second to none and it shows because of the results he gets for his clients. Ray is a master of time travel the way he coordinates his practice with family time and giving back to the community. Ray Thomas is a lawyer's lawyer. We don't go to the Valley without consulting Ray Thomas.
Terry Scarborough Austin
Superb lawyer; really connects with the jury.
Edward Murphy Houston
I have known Ray for twenty-five years and have had the privilege to observe him, fight side-by-side with him and fight against him. That his peers have selected him for Super Lawyers every year the past decade is no surprise to those of us who know him. He is among the nation's best.
Frank Enriquez San Antonio/McAllen