Those following the lawsuit saga of John Ray III against his former employer Ropes & Gray know that most of his claims had been tossed by U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns. One remained: The contention that Ropes & Gray had retaliated against him after he made legal kinds of noises about alleged discrimination. He is African-American. He alleged that the firm made it impossible for him to get another job at that time.
Well, last month the jury found the firm not guilty. On December 20th of this month, reports THE AM LAW DAILY, his lawyer Latif Doman filed an appeal, essentially based on the jury instructions. Here is the analysis in AM LAW DAILY.
As we know, verdicts are often overturned on the basis of faulty jury instructions. If Ray does get the appeal and eventually win, this could give his own business an edge. In 2012 he launched his own firm, based in Boston, Ray Legal Consulting Group. One of its niches is discrimination. Success often comes side ways. If he prevails he can make hay in the media, attracting a lot of new business, as well as talented lawyers who want to work for him.