Russel Wray

In 1981, Russel W. Wray earned a B.A. with honors in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and in 1984, a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University. Mr. Wray is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has practiced law in Baton Rouge since 1984, and is currently a partner in Wray & Pierce, L.L.P. He has represented general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, and owners, as well as trade groups such as LAGC and LAPA, in construction arbitration, mediation, and litigation. Mr. Wray has appeared before the Louisiana legislature on construction industry issues and has worked with the Louisiana State Law Institute. He was Programming Chairman for the Dean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court Chapter in 1993 and 1994. Mr. Wray has conducted Public Bid Law and Construction Law workshops and seminars for the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors, the Consulting Engineers Council of Louisiana, Inc., Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., American Institute of Architects, LSU Law School, and Lorman.

He has acted as a moderator for the panel discussion program at both the LAGC Summer Conference and the Critical Issues Summit. He often speaks on topics pertinent to the construction industry such as the uniform bid form, illegal immigration and current developments in the public bid law. Mr. Wray has published a number of articles in Action News by Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. on construction topics and was the Louisiana case note editor for Construct! Published by the Construction Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Mr. Wray has also been a guest lecturer for the Construction Management Department at LSU, LAGC and other organizations.


russwray@wraylaw.comOffice: (225) 635-3920Cell: (225) 278-6689

ISLN: 902615395


1984, Louisiana; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court ofClaims; U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana; U.S. DistrictCourt, Northern District of Texas and U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

Current Employment Position


Areas Of Practice

Business and Commercial LawContractsLitigation and AppealsMediationAlternative Dispute ResolutionConstruction ContractsConstruction LawConstruction LiensDebarment/DisqualificationFidelity, Guarantee & Surety LawPublic Bid DisputesClosed Specification DisputesProfessional Malpractice LawPayment issues, Liens, concursus proceedingsPublic Policy Issues and Litigation

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 1984U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana,  1985U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1985U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1985U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1989U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1991U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Classes/Seminars Taught

Civility, Professionalism and Ethics in Action, American Trial Lawyers Association, 1994Come On Judges, Let's Do Something!, American Bar Association, 1994Louisiana's Public Bid Law: The Design Professional's Perspective, Consulting Engineers Council of Louisiana, 1996Construction Contracting for Public Entities, Lorman, 1997 - 1998Contractors in Jeopardy, Louisiana Associated General Contractors, 1998Construction - Just a Roll of the Dice, Louisiana Associated General Contractors, 1999Swim with the Sharks!, Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Summer Conference 2000Louisiana Construction Lien Law, Lorman 2000Overview of the Louisiana Public Works Act presented at the Louisiana State Bar Association Seminar, The Fundamentals of Construction Law, 2000Louisiana Construction Issues, Lorman 2001Panel Discussion of AIA 201, Construction Specifications Institute 2002Public Works Lien Seminar, 2002Discretion of the Awarding Authority to Determine the Low Responsive Bidder Under the Public Bid Law, 2004 and 2005Construction Delay Claim, Lorman 2004 and 2005Critical Issues Summit co-sponsored by the Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., the American Institute of Architects of Louisiana, and the American Consulting Engineers Council of Louisiana, 2006 - 2012Immigration and Employment Law Seminars, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

Baton Rouge Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation SubcommitteeDean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court, 1993 - 1994Louisiana Association of General Contractors

Past Employment Positions 

Wray & Kracht, L.L.P., Partner, 1995 - 1999Wray & Kracht, Partner, 1989 - 1995Wray, Robinson & Kracht, Associate, 1984 - 1989

Published Works

"Rejection Of All Bids By Louisiana DOTD When All Bids Are Over The Project Estimate" Louisiana AGC Action News, Summer/ Fall 2010"The Uniform Bid Form" Louisiana AGC Action News, Spring 2010"Notice Requirement For Materialman Who Are Not Paid By Subcontractor" Co-Authored with Chris P. Pierce, Louisiana AGC Action News, Spring 2009"The Low Bid Is Not A Moving Target" Louisiana AGC Action News, November/December 2004"Technical Evidence In Construction Litigation" Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Spring 2004"Changes In DOTD Claim Modification Specifications" Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Spring 2003"U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Distinguishes Con-Plex v. DOTD To Deny Recovery To A General Contractor Because He Failed To Fully Investigate The Site Before Bidding Construct!" Winter 2003"Defending Against The Owner Who Does Not Pay" Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Winter 2002"Does compliance with Plans And Specifications Relieve The Contractor From Exposure For Hazardous Conditions?" Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., Fall 2002"The Duty To Protect Others From Criminal Activity Of Third Parties" Constructing Louisiana, Official Publication of The Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc, Summer 2002"The Awarding Authority’s Discretion To Determine The Low Bidder Is Alive And Well In Louisiana, Despite Legislative Efforts To Eliminate Construct!" Spring 2001"Pavement May Be Selected Without Competitive Bidding Of Equal Alternatives" , Construct!, Spring 2001"Getting Paid", Louisiana AGC Action News, June 2000"New Orleans Affirmative Action Program Held Unconstitutional" > , Construct!, Spring, 1999"Take Care in Modifying Construction Industry Form Contracts" , Louisiana AGC Action News, March, 1999"Waiver of Bid Irregularities is Allowed in Some Parishes, but Not in Others" , Louisiana AGC Action News, February, 1999"Recent Developments Concerning Affirmative Action Programs" , Louisiana AGC Action News, December, 1998"Constructive Acceleration", Louisiana AGC Action News, Oct./ Nov., 1998"When Does Owner Caused Delay Entitle the Contractor to Recover Home Office Overhead?", Louisiana AGC Action News, September, 1998

Representative Cases

Gibson & Associates, Inc. v. State, Department of Transportation and Development, 2011 WL 2670087 (La.App. 1 Cir. 5/18/11)Teche Electric Supply, L.L.C. v. M.D. Descant, Inc., 2008-171 (La.App. 3 Cir. 12/11/08), 2 So.3d 516Quality Design and Construction, Inc. v. City of Gonzales, 2006-2211(La.App. 1 Cir. 11/28/07), 977 So.2d 87Taylor v. Haddox, 42,557 (La.App. 2 Cir. 42,557), 968 So.2d 1200Case Atlantic Co. v. Blount Brothers Construction, Inc., 42,251 (La.App. 2 Cir. 6/20/07), 960 So.2d 1274Price v. B&B Transport Services, Inc., 2007 WL 1300932 ( La.App. 1 Cir. 5/4/07)Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, 2005-0131 (La. 2/22/06), 924 So.2d 90Diamond B Construction Company, Inc. v. Department of Transportation and Development, 0573 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2/14/03), 845 So.2d 429Diamond B Construction Company, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, 2000-1483 (La.App. 1 Cir. 12/22/ 00), 780 So.2d 439, writ denied.D’Arbonne Construction Co., Inc. v. Union Parish Police Jury, 31-834 (La.App. 2 Cir. 5/5/99), 736 So.2d 781Diamond B. Construction Co., Inc. v. City of Plaquemine, 673 S.2d 636 (La. 1st Cir. Ct. of App. 1996)Hartman Enterprises, Inc. v. Ascension - St. James Airport and Transportation Authority, Inc., 582 S.2d 198 (La. 1st Cir. Ct. of App. 1991)Grace Construction Company v. St. Charles Parish, 467 S.2d 1371 (La. 5th Cir. Ct. of App. 1985)F.G. Sullivan, Jr. Contractor, LLC v. State of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Suit No. 565409, Sec. 8, 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana (not published).The partners of Wray & Pierce, current and retired, have filed numerous Amicus Curiae briefs with the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana appellate courts, and Louisiana district courts on behalf of Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., but these contributions are not always recognized in published opinions.