L. Ray Maples II
L. Ray Maples II Background
Ray Maples, originally from Georgia, was raised by his hardworking Mom and Grandmother. These two exceptional women instilled in him a strong work ethic and a passion for helping others from an early age.
After starting his legal career at a prominent firm in Atlanta, Ray initially focused on handling personal injury litigation matters for large corporations and insurance companies, which is typically called “defense work,” i.e. defending companies that have been sued. However, he quickly realized that his true calling was to assist individuals who had suffered permanent and catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of others. It was then that he discovered his passion for advocating for individuals rather than corporations because he believes whole heartedly that the “little guy” usually gets taken advantage of by the large corporations merely because they have more money and power. Ray believes that is wrong and fuels his passion for the “little guy,” as he likes to call himself and his clients. It is his own David v. Goliath story.
In addition to his legal pursuits, Ray enjoys traveling, supporting the Thunder basketball team, following anything related to OU, and cherishing quality time with his two amazing children.
For over two decades, Ray has dedicated his practice to cases involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death resulting from nursing home neglect and abuse, trucking accidents, serious car collisions, and defective products. He takes pride in leading a highly knowledgeable team of lawyers and staff who share his commitment to these practice areas. Together, they have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients, providing them with the necessary resources to move forward.
Ray graduated from Valdosta State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. He chose to further his education at Oklahoma City University Law School where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate.
Oklahoma City University Law School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Juris Doctorate
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia, B.A. 1993
Areas of Practice
Ray is committed to leading a team of dedicated attorneys and staff that are also passionate about helping individuals instead of corporations. He has dedicated his practice to serving individuals and their families that have been affected by catastrophic personal injuries or death to obtain justice.
Nursing Home Neglect
Serious Auto Accidents
Serious Truck Accidents
Slips & Falls / Premises Liability
Insurance / Bad Faith
Representative Verdicts & Settlements
Professional Associations & Memberships
Oklahoma Association for Justice (OAJ)
Oklahoma Association for Justice: Nursing Home
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Oklahoma Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice (AAJ) Leaders Forum Member
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 2000
U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 2000
U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 2000
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 2000
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Ohio, 2000
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Oklahoma, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2000
U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
Honors & Awards
Highest rated AV, Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2011
Super Lawyers 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 3019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 (12 consecutive years)
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
Maree v. Neuwirth, 2016 OK 62
Sauders v. Mangum Nursing Ctr., LLC, 2016 OK CIV APP 53
Johnson v. Convalescent Center of Grady County, LLC, 2014 OK 102
Boler v. Security Health Care, LLC, 2014 OK 80 (US Supreme Court, Certiorari Denied, 135 S.Ct. 2379 (2015))
Published Works & Articles
Restore the Dignity
Don’t Wreck Twice