EDUCATION

Baylor Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2014

University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Architectural Studies, 2010

ADMISSIONS

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Siobhan Ray is a creative problem solver and experienced trial attorney who leverages her diverse legal background and architectural training to help clients efficiently resolve their most challenging commercial and litigation disputes.

Siobhan specializes in complex commercial litigation, large scale construction projects in both the public and private sectors, and products liability claims. She has represented clients across the country in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels and dispute resolution boards. She is an effective advocate who has successfully argued dispositive motions, won temporary and permanent injunctions, negotiated favorable settlements both prior to and during litigation, and guided clients through every stage of litigation through trial and appeal. Before joining McDowell Hetherington, she gained significant trial experience and an in-depth understanding of complex commercial matters at two AmLaw 100 firms.

Siobhan’s architecture background allows her to drill down into the details of any case while still focusing on the big picture and devise creative solutions and strategies. She is currently earning an LL.M. in Litigation Management from Baylor Law School to better direct effective litigation strategy, control discovery costs, and leverage new technologies to streamline challenging litigation dockets and meet her client’s goals.

Siobhan is a sixth-generation lawyer whose legal lineage includes her great-grandmother, who was sworn into the Texas Bar in 1916. Her family’s focus on counseling clients on matters big and small and commitment to outstanding work product have shaped her approach to the practice of law today.

Outside of the office, Siobhan dabbles in landscape photography, is an avid hiker, and enjoys exploring Houston’s diverse restaurant scene.

EDUCATION

Baylor Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, 2014

University of Texas at Austin
B.S., Architectural Studies, 2010

ADMISSIONS

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

  • Briefed, argued, and won multiple Motions to Dismiss foreign medical device manufacturer for lack of personal jurisdiction and Motions to Dismiss claims against U.S.-based affiliate in federal courts in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Obtained permanent injunction and traditional summary judgment recognizing commercial developer’s access and utility easements on landlocked island property and successfully defended judgment on appeal.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for railway contractor in dispute with subcontractor over defective signaling system software and firmware after filing of arbitration complaint.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of founders in dispute with private equity investors for breach of fiduciary duty following successful negotiations.
  • Represented rail supplier in pre-litigation change order disputes with prime contractor and the MTA relating to construction of $11Bn rail project in New York City.
  • Won a favorable jury verdict in favor of commercial real estate developer recognizing developer’s access easement connecting development to the Downtown Houston tunnel system.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice and full lien waiver on behalf of owner in mechanics lien dispute with subcontractor relating to construction of manufacturing facility.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of premises owner against independent contractor injured at client’s alumina refinery.
  • In a personal injury case brought by an independent contractor injured on a wind farm in South Texas, successfully dismissed fraudulently joined individual defendant and filed Motion to Dismiss on behalf of developer and operator of wind farm, which resulted in dismissal of all claims against operator.
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2020–Present)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Order of the Barristers, Baylor Law Review
  • Senior Executive Editor, Baylor Law Review
  • ChatGPT Doesn’t Have a Bar Card: Navigating Ethical Issues with Using AI (Internal CLE | March 7, 2024)
  • Case Assessment and Risk Analysis (Internal Training | February 23, 2024)
  • Expert Witness Answer Book (Contributing Author | 2015–Present)
  • Don’t Hop on the Bandera Wagon Just Yet: Enforcing Sale-of-Business Covenants Not to Compete in Texas (Baylor Law Review | 2013)
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association