Raymond A. Bragar

Practice Focus
Alternative dispute resolution
General commercial litigation
Real estate and construction litigation

Areas of Practice
Ray Bragar co-founded the firm in 1982. He practices general litigation as well as real estate and real estate litigation. Ray is a problem-solver, who enjoys the practice of law because of the intellectual challenge in cases where serious sums of money are at stake or where complex legal issues need to be untangled.

During his thirty years practicing in New York State and Federal Courts he has handled complex trials before juries and judges lasting from six to ten weeks and handled numerous appeals in both the State and Federal Courts. He also has extensive experience working in the nontraditional forums of alternate dispute resolution, including multiple week trials.

Legal Career
1979-1982       Bragar Spiegel Rubin Driggin & Garfunkel
1975-1978       Otterbough, Steindler, Houston & Rosen
1973-1974       Rosenman & Colin, LLP
1972-1973       Law clerk to the Hon. Lloyd F. McMahon who was then Chief Judge for the
                        United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Professional Activities and Associations
Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
Member, New York City Bar Association
Member, Civil Practice Law & Rules Committee, New York State Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Council


In the last 20 years, Ray obtained over $27 million for individual and corporate clients, and won defendant’s verdicts, dismissals or third part indemnification for defendant clients in more than 60 matters. A Ray Bragar Westlaw Litigation History Report covering dockets and reported opinions filed between 1990 and 2010 shows 42 docket filings and 41judicial opinions in a variety of cases primarily involving commercial law and contracts, securities law and defense of torts/negligence.

Clients’ industries range from financial services, insurance and business services to consumer products, real estate, technology and telecommunications. The Westlaw History Report shows that he appeared 58 times in federal courts including the Second Circuit Appellate and District Courts [E.D., S.D.], Fourth District Appellate and S.D. West Virginia District Court, Third District Appellate and E.D. Pennsylvania District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia circuit. In New York State, Ray has 25 recorded appearances in the Court of Appeals; Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First, Second and Third Departments; N. Y. Sup.; NY Supreme Court Appellate Term and N.Y. Sup., NY County.

Bar Admissions
New York
United States Supreme Court
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
United States District Courts: Southern District of New York,
Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York

J. D., cum laude, Harvard Law School (1972)
B.A., magna cum laude, Rutgers University (1968)