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Randall G. Ray


Practice Areas

  • Business Organizations
  • Corporate Governance and Counseling
  • Equity Incentive Plans
  • Executive Compensation
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities and Corporate Finance
  • Startups and Emerging Companies
  • Technology Transactions
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity


Randall G. Ray
(972) 628-4520


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    Dallas, Texas, 1984
    Juris Doctorate
    Honors: cum laude, Order of the Coif
    Southwestern Law Journal member 1982-84; assistant editor-in-chief, 1983-84
  • University of Oklahoma
    Norman, Oklahoma, 1981
    B.A. Political Science
    Honors: with special distinction

Bar Admissions

Texas 1984

Honors and Awards

Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, Inc.

Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
2013, 2015

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

One of 35 Leadership Dallas Alumni Heroes

Leadership Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber
Class of 1999

Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and American Bar Association Award for Professional Merit
1985 – 1988

Phi Beta Kappa

Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Attorney Bio

Randall (Randy) G. Ray is a partner in the firm’s corporate law group.  He has over 30 years of experience working on corporate and securities matters for a wide variety of clients, including public and private companies, boards of directors, board committees, executive officers, underwriters, private equity firms, and investors.

Randy assists clients with corporate finance through public and private offerings of equity and debt, securities reporting and compliance (including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance), mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation matters.  He also counsels boards of directors, board committees, and executive officers on corporate governance and executive compensation matters.  Randy’s clients operate in a diverse range of industries, including technology, retail, telecommunications, hospitality, and manufacturing, and range in size from start-ups to large public companies.

Randy’s experience with securities law matters includes private placements, initial public offerings (representing both companies and underwriters), follow-on offerings of equity and debt securities, Rule 144A debt offerings and related exchange offers, tender offers for equity and debt securities, public company mergers and acquisitions, including merger proxies and securities registrations, and SEC reporting and disclosure obligations.  Randy also advises public companies, boards of directors, board committees, and executive officers on corporate governance, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and executive compensation matters.

Randy is a frequent presenter on topics related to corporate and securities law.

Representative Experience

  • Corporate and securities representation of Tyler Technologies, Inc. (a leading provider of information technology software and services to local government authorities), GNC Corporation (the largest global specialty retailer of health and wellness products), Linens ‘n Things, Inc. (formerly the second largest retailer of home textiles, housewares, and home accessories in North America), and IFCO Systems N.V. (an international logistics provider).
  • Representation of Tyler Technologies, Inc. in $670 million cash and stock merger acquisition of New World Systems Corporation, $150 million cash merger of Socrata, Inc. and $185 million cash merger of MicroPact.
  • Representation of a private company in connection with the acquisition of Eastman Kodak Company’s micrographics and conversion services businesses and their continued operation.
  • Representation of a private interactive marketing solutions company in a $48.9 million sale to DealerTrack, Inc.
  • Representation of a private company in an acquisition of over 30 Pizza Hut franchises.
  • Representation of the shareholders of a privately held aggregator and provider of equipment purchasing information for healthcare facilities in connection with the sale of the company to a private equity firm.
  • Representation of a publicly traded global provider of products and services to the oil and gas industry in connection with a public offering of $1 billion in senior notes.
  • Representation of a public reporting specialty retailer in connection with its $1.65 billion sale to private equity firms, as well as related financing transactions, including Rule 144A debt offerings, debt tender offers, and bank financing.
  • Representation of a public reporting specialty retailer in connection with a Rule 144A offering of $425 million in senior notes for a recapitalization transaction.
  • Representation of a publicly traded domestic logistics provider in connection with its acquisition by a Dutch international logistics provider headquartered in Germany, the international company’s initial public offering, and related financing transactions, including a Rule 144A debt offering (and subsequent exchange offer) and bank financing (total transaction value of approximately $1 billion).
  • Representation of a publicly traded leading provider of specialized contracting services in connection with multiple consolidating acquisitions in its industry.
  • Representation of a publicly traded logistics provider in connection with multiple consolidating acquisitions in its industry.

Presentations & Published Works

Before Negotiating the Definitive Purchase Agreement
M&A Toolbox, January 2012 (co-presenter)

Getting Directors Ready for the Sale Process
7th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute
The University of Texas School of Law, October 2011 (moderator)

Role of the Lead Director, North Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, October 2011 (panelist)

Forum Focus—Board Governance Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of The General Counsel Forum
September 2011 (panelist)

A New Roadblock To Reverse Mergers
Law360 (Sec. & Corp. Fin.) August 2011 (author)

Trends in the Proxy Statements:  Shareholder Proposals and Responses
North Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors
January 2010 (moderator)

DAYL Diversity and Inclusion Forum
October 2009 (panelist)

Board Succession:  How and When to Hire or Fire a Board Member
North Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors
October 2009 (panelist)

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Member, Advisory Board Member and Secretary, NACD North Texas Chapter, 2007 – 2012

Tech Titans (Metroplex Technology Business Council)
Board of Directors, January 2013 – December 2015

Uplift Education
Board of Directors, 2010 – 2017
Chair, Facilities Committee 2014 – 2017
Member, Facilities Committee 2017 – Present
Chair of Uplift East Dallas Advisory Board, 2010 – 2014

The Dallas Assembly
Member, 2002 – present
Board of Directors 2005 – 2007

Black Tie Dinner, Inc.
Board of Directors, 2004 – 2008
Co-Chair, 2007 – 2008
Advisory Board, 2009 – 2011, 2014-Present, Lifetime Member
General Counsel, 2009 – present