Cornell Law School
J.D. | 1988

University of Vermont
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa | 1984


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit | 1994
  • Maine | 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine | 1988


Julie Ray is a director and shareholder in the firm’s Real Estate, Business, and Banking and Financial Services Practice Groups.

Ms. Ray has been providing business advice to clients for over twenty-five years. Her practice includes all aspects of real estate law, including representation of large and small business entities, individuals, nonprofit organizations, and utilities in commercial real estate development, including resort and hospitality development; acquisitions and sales; leasing; residential and commercial condominium developments, including interval and timeshare ownership projects, and dockominiums; and real estate financing.

Ms. Ray’s business practice focuses on advising clients in a broad range of transactional settings, including entity formation and restructuring, stock and asset sales and acquisitions, complex contract negotiations, financing, and the provision of general business advice to a variety of businesses. Ms. Ray also represents lenders, including local and national banks, in commercial loan transactions.

Ms. Ray also has extensive experience representing financial institutions and other lenders in commercial and residential real estate foreclosures and assisting creditors with protecting and realizing on personal property collateral, including strict foreclosures.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ray was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of a ski resort company that owned resorts in New England, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. Ms. Ray assisted with the initial public offering of stock in the company and with the acquisition and development of its western ski resorts. Ms. Ray oversaw due diligence for the resort acquisitions and worked with local counsel on real estate and permitting issues. She was also instrumental in the company’s development of several interval and whole ownership condominium projects at both its eastern and western resorts. Previously, Ms. Ray was in private practice with two Portland law firms.

Ms. Ray is Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by Martindale-Hubbell.

Service / Achievements

Ms. Ray is a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Ms. Ray is a former member of the Race Committee and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee of the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Portland Race for the Cure. Prior to its merger with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Ms. Ray served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cumberland County Training Resource Center. Ms. Ray has served as a guardian ad litem with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program.