W.P. Wray, Jr.

(Retired)

W.P. Wray, Jr. circa 1970

Mr. Wray practiced law over 50 years and is now retired from the practice of law. However, his influence over the firm, and over the construction industry in Louisiana, continue to this day.

Former partner, W. P. Wray, Jr. (Bill) was born in Camden, Arkansas on October 22, 1928.  Mr. Wray came to Louisiana in 1947 to attend Louisiana  State University on a football scholarship.  He earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.  Before attending law school, Mr. Wray was appointed and served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Since obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 1958, Mr. Wray has been actively engaged in practice in Baton Rouge until retirement.  He worked with Kantrow, Spaht, West & Kleinpeter after graduation until he began a solo practice in 1962.  Mr. Wray started his own firm in 1965, Wray & Simmons.  A Wray firm has continuously provided legal services since that time. 

Mr. Wray achieved an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbel and was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership of Louisiana Associated General Contractors for his service to the construction industry. 

Practice Areas: Construction Law; Contract Law.

Admitted: 1958, Louisiana; 1970, U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western District of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

College: Louisiana State University and A. and M. College, B.S. Accounting, 1953.

Law Degree: Louisiana State University and A. and M. College, class of 1958; JD awarded. 

Born: Camden, Arkansas, October 22, 1928.

ISLN: 902615296


 

Current Employment Positions

          Retired


 Areas Of Practice

Contracts

Litigation and Appeals

Probate/Estate Administration

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation

Construction Contracts

Construction Law

Construction Liens


Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 1958

U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1959

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1959

U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1959

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1961

U.S. Tax Court, 1970

U.S. Supreme Court, 1970


Published Works

"Did You Attend the Pre-Bid Conference?", Louisiana AGC Action News, January, 1995

"A Voice for Competitive Bidding", Louisiana AGC Action News, February, 1995

"The Fate of Contractual Remedies and the Court's Docket", Louisiana AGC Action News, April, 1995

"A Voice for Competitive Bidding", Louisiana AGC Action News, May, 1995

"The Conduit Clause", Louisiana AGC Action News, June/July, 1995

"Good Intentions", Louisiana AGC Action News, November, 1995

"The Duration of the Duty to Warn", Louisiana AGC action News, December, 1995

"Differing Site Conditions Clauses", Louisiana AGC Action News, January, 1996

"Diligence - A Requisite", Louisiana AGC Action News, March, 1996

"LAGC v. Calcasieu Parish School Board", Louisiana AGC Action News, April/May, 1996

"Arbitration Awards Zero Evidence", Louisiana AGC Action News, May/June, 1996

"Prescription", Louisiana AGC Action News, July, 1996

"A Proper Measure of Damages", Louisiana AGC Action News, Aug./Sept., 1996

"The Preservation of Public Competitive Bidding", Louisiana AGC Action News, Oct./Nov.

"Cost Distributions", Louisiana AGC Action News, December, 1996

"These Things Considered", Louisiana AGC Action News, January, 1997

"Prescription/Peremption: A Not So Safe Harbor", Louisiana AGC Action News, March/April, 1997

"These Things Considered: A Legal Immunity", Louisiana AGC Action News, May, 1997

"These Things Considered: To Be Remembered", Louisiana AGC Action News, August, 1997

"These Things Considered: The Inevitable Change", Louisiana AGC Action News, October, 1997

"These Things Considered and Reconsidered: Prescription-Peremption", Louisiana AGC Action News, December, 1997

"These Things Considered: Public Entity Force Account Construction", Louisiana AGC Action News, December, 1997

"These Things Considered: Contract Changes/Change Orders", Louisiana AGC Action News, January, 1998

"Damages for Delay, Disruption and Acceleration", Louisiana AGC Action News, February, 1998

"These Things Considered: Extra Work", Louisiana AGC Action News, March, 1998

"These Things Considered Part II: Contract Damages; Cost-Effective Services", Louisiana AGC Action News, April/May, 1998

"Imagine Construction, Inc.", Louisiana AGC Action News, June, 1998

"The Finishing", Louisiana AGC Action News, August, 1998

"Take Care in Modifying Construction Industry Form Contracts", Louisiana AGC Action News, March, 1999

"Equal Protection", Louisiana AGC Action News, April, 1999

"Legal Column: These Things Considered", Louisiana AGC Action News, May, 1999

"Contractor's Responsibility for Substitution of Specified Materials", Louisiana AGC Action News, June/July, 1999

"Bid Disputes and Damages:, Louisiana AGC Action News, September, 1999


Representative Cases

Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. New Orleans Aviation Board, 99-0025 (La. 7/7/99), 764 So.2d 31

Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. State Through Division of Administration, 95-2105; 669 So.2d 1185 (La. 1996)

Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. Calcasieu Parish School Board, 572 So.2d 623 (1990)

Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc. v. Calcasieu Parish School Board (affirmed & remanded), 586 So. 2d 1354 (1991)

Pittman Construction Company, Inc. v. Parish of East Baton Rouge, 493 So.2d 178 (La. App. 1986)

Budd Construction Company, Inc. v. City of Alexandria, 410 S.2d 1070 (La. App. 1981)

Charles C. Cloy, General Contractors, Inc. v. Divincenti Brothers, Inc., 308 s.2d 495 (La. App. 1975)

Town of Winnsboro v. Barnard & Burk, Inc., 294 S.2d 867 (La. App. 1974)

Associated General Contractors of America v. Police Jury of Pointe Coupee, 225 S.2d 300 (La. App. 1969)


Representative Clients

Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc.

Williams Brothers Construction Company, Inc.

Thomas H. Heard General Contractor, Inc.

Boh Bros. Construction Co., L.L.C.

Louisiana Stone & Aggregates, Inc.


Classes/Seminars Taught

Louisiana's Public Bid Law: The Design Professional's Perspective, Consulting Engineers Council of Louisiana, 1996

Construction Contracting for Public Entities, Lorman, 1997 - 1998

Construction - Just a Roll of the Dice, Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc., 1999

Overview of the Louisiana Public Works Act presented at the Louisiana State Bar Association Seminar, The Fundamentals of Construction Law, 2000


Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association

Member

Louisiana State Bar Association

Member

Baton Rouge Bar Association

Member

Federal Bar Association

Member

Former F.B.I. Association

Red Stick Kiwanis, 1963

President

Louisiana Good Roads & Transportation Association, Inc.

President, Charter Member


Past Employment Positions

Law Firms/Wray, 1965 - Present

W.P. Wray, Jr., Attorney at Law, 1962 - 1965

Kantrow, Spaht, West, Kleinpeter, 1958 - 1962


Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Delta Phi