About Charles Ray

“One of the principles that guides me in both my personal and professional life comes from my parents. My father often said that ignoring a problem does not make it go away. My mother would add that ignoring a problem simply makes it worse. Procrastination strikes and sometimes seems to take up permanent residence in all of us. This is particularly true with our business affairs, especially our tax debts.” —Charles A. Ray, Jr.

Charles A. Ray, Jr. is an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland, specializing in tax controversy, and domestic and international commercial transactions. Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating of Charles is AV, which is the highest rating a lawyer can receive for both legal ability and ethical standards. He counsels both businesses and high-income individuals in all matters pertaining to tax and business transactions.  His background and a summary of his credentials follow.

Charles is a native of Durham, North Carolina where he attended public school.  He graduated from Durham High School where he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team and member of the school’s track team. He graduated as a member of the Math and Latin National Honor Societies.

Charles attended Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. There he was a member of the college’s basketball team and contributor to the college’s newspaper. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English.

After graduating from college, Charles worked as a Press Aide to Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).  Charles prepared news releases, coordinated press conferences and broadcasted radio statements for the Congressman’s on a variety of political issues. He also assisted the Congressman in preparing an article on the United States’ foreign policy toward South Africa that was published in a national magazine.

Following his work on the Hill, Charles returned home to attend the University of North Carolina School of Law. There he was a member of the Moor Court Competition team that won first place in oral advocacy and second place for best brief.  His team represented the School in the national Moot Court Competition. He also served as managing editor of the School’s Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.  He was admitted to the North Carolina bar following graduation.

Following law school, Charles worked in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C.  There he served as senior advisor in the Interpretative Division and the International Division. Charles updated the International Division’s manual on information gathering abroad and counseled the competent authority on a variety of issues. Charles devised the IRS’s winning argument in two cases decided by the United States Supreme Court and twice received the Chief Counsel’s Award for Outstanding Performance.

Prior to starting his own law firm, Charles served as Corporate Counsel to National Loan Servicing Center, (“NLS”), a servicer of federal loans and contract manager of assets for the Resolution Trust Corporation. At NLS, Charles managed a staff of 75 persons in the Legal Department and Asset Management Department. Charles received the company’s annual award for Most Outstanding Officer.

Consistently awarded the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards by his peers, Charles’s diverse experience benefits companies and individuals of all earning and income levels. Highly accessible, he works diligently to quickly and expertly solve legal problems, whether it is structuring domestic and foreign commercial transactions, or resolving controversies with federal and local taxing authorities.  His track record of success is well-documented and punctuated by a personable, yet professional, communication style.  Visit his website at www.charlesraylaw.com.  Email him at cray@charlesraylaw.com.  Call him at 202-824-8123 or toll free at 1-877-839-5013.