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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Ray & Wood is uniquely qualified to represent your interests before Texas state government agencies. One of our partners, Randall Buck Wood, has served at the highest levels of major Texas state agencies, including the Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Office of the Secretary of State. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the legal, political, and public policy dynamics that influence decisions made by administrative agencies charged with implementing important state laws. In private practice, our attorneys have extensive experience appearing before a wide range of Texas state agencies, including: the Comptroller of Public Accounts, the Texas Council on Environmental Quality (formerly the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission), the Texas Real Estate Commission, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas Ethics Commission, and the Texas Lottery Commission.
We offer our clients legal support on a full range of administrative law matters, including:
  • Contested case hearings.
  • Appeals of professional license suspensions or denials.
  • Rulemaking and challenges to proposed administrative rules.
  • Procurement issues, including protests of contract awards.
  • Open records and open meetings rulings.
  • Ethics filings and enforcement proceedings.
  • Trial and appellate court challenges of agency actions.

SCHOOL FINANCE

For over a decade, Ray & Wood has successfully represented over 100 school districts in the administrative process leading up to the State Comptroller's Property Tax Division's (PTD) final determination of estimated property values. We offer our school district clients an unparalleled combination of legal, professional and technical expertise in the area of property value studies-and we get results.  We help school districts maximize their state aid or minimize their local tax revenue recapture through our Local Tax Roll Quality Assurance Program. We also offer our school districts comprehensive administrative, and if necessary, judicial appeal representation.
For the past 30 years, managing partner Randall Buck Wood has been actively involved in all facets of the legal and legislative issues surrounding the state's school finance system. Mr. Wood has served as general counsel to the Equity Center-an association of more than 500 school districts throughout the state dedicated to enhancing both the equity and adequacy of funding for all Texas public schools.

GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

Ray & Wood offers our clients an "insider's" perspective on the Texas legislative process and the inner-workings of Texas government agencies. Randall Buck Wood has held high-level management positions in Texas state government, and have interacted extensively with Texas lawmakers. Not only do we know the legislative process-we understand and can clearly communicate the complex public policy issues that matter to our clients, particularly in the area of tax policy.
Ray & Wood governmental relations services, include:
  • Legislative strategy development.
  • Preparation and delivery of testimony before legislative committees.
  • Bill analysis.
  • Drafting of legislation and amendments.

ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Ray & Wood represent and advise a number of judges, lawyers, and public officials in Texas on ethics and professional responsibility issues. Randall Buck Wood, one of our firm's founding partners, takes the lead in this practice area.
 

ELECTION AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW

Ray & Wood offers our clients unparalleled experience and expertise in the area of election and campaign finance law. Prior to forming the firm, Randall Buck Wood enforced the state's election laws while serving as Director of the Elections Division of the Secretary of State's Office. Mr. Wood is a nationally recognized authority on election laws, and currently represents a number of elected officials, including members of the Texas House of Representatives and Senate and several prominent state judges. In addition to providing representation and advice on election law, Mr. Wood advises several clients on campaign finance matters.
Doug Ray, also a partner with the firm, handles litigation involving disputed elections and the Voting Rights Act.  Both Randal Buck Wood and Doug Ray have served as legal counsel to several state and local candidates and regularly advises clients on campaign finance laws and Texas Ethics Commission matters.
 

GAMING LAW

Building upon our expertise in civil litigation and administrative law, Ray & Wood has developed a strong practice in gaming law. We have successfully represented the interests of our gaming industry clients in the rulemaking process, on open records and open meetings issues, and in administrative matters before the Texas Lottery Commission. Our firm's extensive experience representing clients before Texas state agencies, coupled with years of litigating in Travis County combine to help Ray & Wood, achieve positive results for our gaming industry clients.
 

STATE AND LOCAL TAXATION

Ray & Wood offers corporations, partnerships, nonprofit entities and individuals an insider's perspective on the administration of the full range of Texas tax laws. Ray & Wood is committed to ensuring that our clients pay only the amount of taxes due to the State of Texas-not a penny more. We represent our clients aggressively, but professionally, and can structure fee arrangements that meet your needs.
Ray & Wood helps our clients with sales and use, franchise, insurance, motor fuel, motor vehicle, alcoholic beverage, and unclaimed property taxation. Randall Buck Wood served as Deputy Comptroller of the Texas Comptrollers Office, gaining invaluable expertise and insight regarding the administration of Texas tax laws. He has worked at the highest levels of the Texas Comptrollers Office on major tax issues, and are familiar with both the agency's decision-making process and its decision-makers.
We offer our clients the following services:
  • Audit assistance.
  • Pursuit of refund claims.
  • Representation in administrative and judicial hearings.
  • Pursuit of favorable rulemaking and legislation.
  • Resource testimony before Texas legislative committees.

LITIGATION AND APPEALS

Ray & Wood offers our clients top-notch courtroom skills and extensive experience. We have tried cases in virtually every area of law and have a proven track record of litigating complex cases.
Doug Ray, a partner with the firm, leads our business litigation practice and regularly tries cases involving breach of contract, employment claims, and deceptive trade practices. Doug has represented our clients in diverse venues, including state and federal district courts, the Texas Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ray & Wood also handles collection and tax litigation for our clients, as well as appeals before state and federal courts.