Leonard M. Baynes
Dean, University of Houston Law Center
and the
University of Houston Law Alumni Association
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Cordially invite you to

University of Houston Law Center Alumni Reception
"Professional Development Series: Path to Partner"
Ricky Raven '86
Partner, Reed Smith

Thursday, October 6, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join UHLC graduate Ricky Raven '86 for part one of our three part professional development series as he discusses his path to making partner as well as practical advice for minority attorneys on common pitfalls to avoid along the way.

The Tasting Room, Uptown Park
1101-18 Uptown Park, Houston, TX 77056

RSVP by Monday, October 3, 2016 to www.law.uh.edu/alumni/rsvp/


Ricky Raven focuses his practice on civil litigation, toxic tort, products liability, personal injury, fracking litigation, and white collar criminal defense. He has more than 30 years of experience in the resolution of complex litigation involving multiple plaintiffs and multiple defendants, as well as in handling single-party disputes, and he has first-chaired more than 100 jury trials to verdict. Ricky's practice includes trial of cases to verdict, resolution of cases before trial, and managing investigations of reported violations of company policies.

Ricky has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the mass tort litigation/class actions category annually since 2008; by Texas Super Lawyers in the environmental category since 2007; and by Lawdragon 500 and Leading Lawyers in America. In 2012, he was named one of only 17 "Law Firm Rainmakers" in the United States by Diversity & the Bar, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. In 2014, he was featured by Law360 in its ongoing "Minority Powerbrokers Q&A" series, and in 2015 he was honored among the 100 "Most Influential Black Lawyers" in the United States by Savoy Magazine. Recently elected to membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, Ricky is admitted to practice in Texas, Arkansas, and New York.

A 1986 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Ricky began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Harris County. Before joining Reed Smith in 2015, Ricky was a partner at Thompson & Knight and Porter Hedges.

Ricky is very active in the Houston community, serving on the boards of numerous civic organizations, including the University of Houston Foundation, Houston Community College Foundation, University of Texas Health Science Center, Ronald McDonald House of Houston, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and Yellowstone Academy. Ricky has also been recently appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The University of Houston is Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university and an EEO/AA institution.