Profile

Ray Patton’s primary areas of practice are securities law, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and securities and corporate litigation.

Ray has represented hundreds of issuers in connection with capital raising efforts from private placements to publicly registered offerings. He has served in the capacity of outside primary counsel for many public and private corporations and has been responsible for providing general corporate and business representation in the fields of multi-state mergers and acquisitions; development and distribution contractual matters; securities law; lender compliance; and litigation management. Clients represented by Ray have been involved in equipment manufacturing, government defense contracting, the oil and gas industry, including exploration, production, and distribution; computer software and peripheral manufacturing; the financial services industry, including securities brokerage, investment advisory, banking and insurance, healthcare organizations; and, Indian Tribal financing and gaming activities.  He has represented numerous local, regional and national brokerage firms, investment advisors, investment funds and other financial organizations in initial organization and licensing matters as well as ongoing regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.

Ray has defended brokerage firms, their principals and registered representatives, attorneys, accountants, private corporations and their officers, and other professionals from private securities law claims and administrative, civil, and criminal claims brought by the SEC, State Securities Agencies, FINRA, FTC, CFTC, NYSE, and many others. Ray has provided his services as securities litigation counsel for State Bar Liability Insurance carriers, numerous regional and national brokerage firms, investment advisory firms, and private D&O insurance carriers.

Other Activities and Interests

Ray claims to have expertise in bass fishing, skeet and sporting clay shooting.

Experience

Representation of hundreds of issuers in connection with capital raising efforts from private placements to publicly registered offerings

Has served in the capacity of outside primary counsel for many public and private corporations and has been responsible for providing general corporate and business representation in the fields of multi-state mergers and acquisitions; development and distribution contractual matters; securities law; lender compliance; and litigation management

Representations involved in equipment manufacturing, government defense contracting, the oil and gas industry, including exploration, production, and distribution; computer software and peripheral manufacturing; the financial services industry, including securities brokerage, investment advisory, banking and insurance; and, Indian Tribal financing and gaming activities

Representation of numerous local, regional and national brokerage firms, investment advisors, investment funds and other financial organizations in initial organization and licensing matters as well as ongoing regulatory compliance and enforcement matters

Representation of numerous brokerage firms, their principals and registered representatives, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals from private securities law claims and administrative, civil, and criminal claims brought by the SEC, State Securities Agencies, NASD, FTC, CFTC, NYSE, and many others

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Named the Best Lawyer’s 2017 Lawyer of the Year –  Securities Litigation

Named the Best Lawyer’s 2016  Lawyer of the Year -  Securities Regulation

Named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Lawyer of the Year –  Securities Litigation

Named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Tulsa Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Tulsa Litigation - Securities "Lawyer of the Year"

Oklahoma Department of Securities Administrator 1984 - 1986, Registrations Division General Counsel and Director of Registrations 1977 - 1978, and Enforcement Division Associate General Counsel 1976 - 1977

Chairman of the Regulatory Liaison Section; Chairman of the Uniform Securities Act Committee; and, Vice-Chairman of the Oil and Gas Programs Committee for the North American Securities Administrators Association 1984-1986

Oklahoma Capital Investment Board Chairman 1988 - 1991

One of five initial Adjunct Settlement Judges for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa beginning in 1988 and served in that capacity for fifteen years.

Served for more than 10 years as a University of Tulsa College of Law Adjunct Professor (ADR, Securities Regulations, Mergers & Acquisitions)

Oklahoma Capital Investment Board Chairman 1988 - 1991

Listed in the Best Lawyers in America (Corporate, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Law)

Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers (Securities Litigation, Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate)

AV Preeminent Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards for over 25 years

Community & Professional

Tulsa County Bar Association

Oklahoma Bar Association

American Bar Association: Oklahoma Liaison, State Regulation of Securities Committee

U.S. District Court, N.D. of Oklahoma Adjunct Settlement Judge, 1988 to Present

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Education

University of Oklahoma, J.D., 1976

University of Oklahoma, B.B.A. in Finance, 1973

Admissions

  • Oklahoma - 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma
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