Ray Price joined Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group after serving on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years. Before becoming a judge, Ray was a high-profile business litigator and his move to Armstrong Teasdale marks his return to the courtroom as an advocate and his representation of clients in complex commercial and tort matters.
While on the court, Ray served two terms as chief justice—only the fourth judge to do so since the adoption of the Missouri Court Plan in 1940. As a member of the judiciary, Ray authored over 300 published opinions dealing with almost every aspect of Missouri law including: class actions, merchandising practices, non-competition agreements, arbitration clauses, insurance, products liability, toxic torts, medical malpractice, defamation, land use, premises liability, condemnation, trusts and estates, and state taxation. During his term, Ray championed the development of drug courts and criminal sentencing reform. He also served on a number of national boards that focus on improving the education of judges in a wide variety of subjects
Prior to his appointment to Missouri’s highest court in 1992, Ray was a business litigation attorney for 14 years at a major Kansas City-based law firm. He was a member of the firm’s three-person executive committee and chairman of its business litigation section. During this time, he represented clients in state and federal court cases involving class actions, officers’ and directors’ liability, securities, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, distribution agreements, insurance, products liability, land use, condemnation, administrative law and general commercial transactions.
Ray also handled many high-profile cases and clients, including the successful representation of one of the nation’s largest telecommunication companies in a multi-million dollar dispute that he argued before the Circuit Court of Cole County, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.