When Ray Price joined Armstrong Teasdale, he had served the longest term of any judge on the Missouri Supreme Court. His move to Armstrong Teasdale marked his return to the courtroom as an advocate in complex commercial and tort matters. As a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group, he has tried jury and non-jury trials, argued appeals, served as an expert witness and mediated numerous cases. Ray was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for both Administrative/Regulatory and Commercial Litigation.
While on the court, Price served two terms as chief justice—only the fourth judge to do so since the adoption of the Missouri Court Plan in 1940. In his 20 years on the bench, Ray authored more than 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 science and economics
Prior to his appointment to Missouri’s highest court in 1991, Ray was a business litigation attorney for 14 years at a major Kansas City-based law firm. 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; including a successful dispute that Ray argued before the Circuit Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.