Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
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J.D., Washington & Lee University (1986)

M.A., University of Iowa (1980)

B.A., University of Iowa (1978)

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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Marion E. Ray


Marion Ray is the leader of the Workers' Compensation practice at Bowles Rice. He focuses his practice in the defense of workplace injuries and illnesses and allegations of workplace safety violations. He has represented employers in hundreds of protests before the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Office of Judges.

He has extensive experience in appellate practice of workers' compensation matters before both the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Board of Review and the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, both in written briefs and oral argument.

Marion also is experienced in the defense of civil actions arising under the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Act.

He has experience in mass litigation trial groups of more than 3,000 plaintiffs. Marion filed and presented one of the first cases heard under the original National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and his method of written documentation presentation became a model recommended by the court.

He previously spent 14 years in private practice, during which time he tried to verdict more than two dozen cases in areas such as wrongful death, infant injuries, car accidents, medical negligence and product defect in both state and federal courts.

Professional Highlights

  • Served as Assistant Attorney General (1986-1988, 2002-2005)
  • Appointed by then Surgeon General Louis Sullivan to serve on the National Childhood Vaccine Commission (1990-1993), serving the last two years as vice-chairman

Representative Cases

Marion has successfully briefed and argued in the areas of:  

  • Claim rejection;
  • Permanent partial disability;
  • Permanent total disability;
  • Secondary conditions;
  • Temporary total disability (closure and reopenings);
  • Treatment (reopenings and denial of treatment);
  • Vocational rehabilitation; and
  • Psychiatric condition

For a complete list of representative matters, visit the Bowles Rice Workers' Compensation Practice Area page.

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America ® (Workers' Compensation Law - Employers)
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Kanawha County Bar Association
  • Mountain State Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia