Portland, ME 207 228-7130 direct
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100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029


Construction Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution


David P. Ray


David Ray is a Bernstein Shur shareholder and member of the Construction Practice Group and Litigation Group.

Admitted to practice in Maine in 1977, Mr. Ray worked as an associate in the litigation department of a large Portland, Maine law firm until 1980, when he was appointed Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court for District of Maine. After completing his clerkship with the federal court, Mr. Ray became Staff Counsel and Assistant to U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. After two years in Washington, D.C., Mr. Ray returned to Portland and became a member of Burns, Ray, DeLano & Macdonald, which merged with Bernstein Shur in 2000.

Mr. Ray’s practice is primarily focused in the area of construction law. He represents contractors, subcontractors, developers, lenders, sureties, and owners in all phases of construction law from bidding issues to job problems, mechanics’ liens, bond claims, design error and omission claims, and insurance coverage issues. Mr. Ray also has considerable experience in commercial, insurance, personal injury law and general civil litigation. Mr. Ray has tried numerous jury and non-jury trials in Maine’s state and federal courts and has substantial arbitration experience. Mr. Ray also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator for construction, commercial, and general civil disputes.

Mr. Ray is a frequent lecturer in the area of construction law. Mr. Ray is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in construction law and alternative dispute resolution. He is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.


JD, Cornell Law School, 1977, cum laude
BA, University of Maine at Orono, 1974, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa


Admitted to practice:
State of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Maine State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Cumberland Bar Association (Member, General Committee)
Maine Trial Lawyers Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
Maine Bar Foundation
Yarmouth School Committee