Raymond P. Ausrotas
Phone: (617) 849-6212 direct dial
Fax: (617) 849-6201
10 Post Office Square
Suite 1180 North
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Ray Ausrotas is a founding partner of Arrowood Peters LLP. He has a diverse commercial and general litigation practice, representing individuals, shareholders and corporate officers, and governmental and business entities, in a broad variety of disputes (including in the non-compete and trade secret arenas), and assisting with regulatory matters. He handles all manner of claims through trial and appeal, including those sounding in breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of confidential information, unfair trade, tortious interference, negligence and professional liability. Where applicable, Ray helps his clients seek relief in alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation. Before starting Arrowood Peters, Ray was a partner at Todd & Weld LLP in Boston, and an associate attorney at the law firm Jackson & Campbell in Washington DC, where he first started practicing after law school.
Mr. Ausrotas is the lead author of both Massachusetts Civil Trial Practice and Massachusetts Pretrial Practice, published annually by LexisNexis as part of its practice guide series. Each book provides, in a single source, a practical task-oriented guide to many technical and legal aspects of civil trials and pretrial practice in Massachusetts state courts. In addition, Ray served as the Chair of the Civil Litigation Section for the Massachusetts Bar Association during its 2011-12 term.
In 2006, together with Lisa Arrowood (and their former colleague Nick Carter), Ray tried a case which recovered the 10th largest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for that year on behalf of a severely injured autistic boy. The case was brought against his school's medical director and various administrators who had failed to supervise the child's caretakers, and against several teachers who had physically and emotionally abused him. The $2 Million judgment was delivered following a six week jury trial.
Recent reported decisions on which he was counsel include Techtarget, Inc. v. Spark Design, LLC, et al., 746 F. Supp. 2d 353 (D. Mass. 2010) (court granted dismissal of case in favor of client, an investor in a distressed company, for failure to allege sufficient facts to either pierce corporate veil or establish promissory estoppel); Thibeault v. Total Beauty Media, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46451 (D. Mass. May 12, 2010) (court dismissed several claims being pursued against client, on grounds of trade secret preemption under California law) and Confederate Motors, Inc. v. Terny, 831 F. Supp. 2d 414 (D. Mass. July 18, 2011) (court denied opposing side's dismissal motion attempting to enforce settlement, allowing client’s counterclaims -- sounding in breach of fiduciary duty and violation of securities laws -- to continue); Id., 859 F. Supp. 2d 181 (D. Mass. 2012) (court found client, former Director of publicly-traded company, to be entitled to advancement of fees under Delaware law as to defense of qualifying counts).
Ray has served multiple times as a Trial Advisor for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School, and for a semester as an adjunct instructor faculty member on appellate practice at New England School of Law (now New England Law), and guest lectured at Boston University School of Law on admissibility of electronic evidence. As listed in more detail below, he has chaired and participated as a panel member on several statewide CLE presentations, and authored published articles in legal publications, as well as newspaper columns on current legal issues.
In addition to the MBA, Mr. Ausrotas is also a member of the American and Boston Bar Associations and was named by Boston magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in the areas of General Litigation and Business Litigation from 2011 to 2013 (after having been named a "Rising Star" by that publication in 2005, 2007 and 2008).
Prior to attending George Washington University Law School, Ray worked as an assistant cross country coach at Brown University (where he received his undergraduate degree in English with honors), and was on both Congressional and Massachusetts legislative committees. His policy work was focused in the areas of science and technology, campaign finance, voter registration and ballot access, as well as state ethics and conflict-of-interest laws.
J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1998
A.B., Brown University, 1991
Member Since: 1998
District of Columbia
Member Since: 1999
United States District Court, District of Columbia
Member Since: 2002
United States District Court, Massachusetts
Member Since: 2003
United States Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
Member Since: 2006
Supreme Court of the United States
Member Since: 2007
Todd & Weld LLP, 2003 - 2011
Jackson & Campbell, P.C., 1999 - 2002
Professional Activities & Organizations
Massachusetts Bar Association
Vice Chair, MBA Section Council in Civil Litigation 2010-2011
Member, MBA Section Council in Civil Litigation 2008-2010
Boston Bar Association
American Bar Association
Author, “Massachusetts Civil Trial Practice” book published by LexisNexis, April 2014
Panelist, “Digital Forensics For Litigators,” April 2014
Panelist, Civil Motions Practice, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc., May 2013
Lead Author, "Massachusetts Civil Pretrial Practice," book published by LexisNexis, September 2012
Author, "Discoverability of Deposition Breaks," ABA Pretrial Practice & Discovery Newsletter, June 2012
Author, "Look Before You Leap: Non-Compete Law in Massachusetts," Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, December 2010
Author, "Discovery of Social Media", MBA's edition of Civil Litigation News, February 2011
Author, "When Negligence Is Not A Crime", MBA Section Review, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2010
Panelist at MBA's Employment Law Open Meeting: "Analyzing Global NAPs v. Awizus", March 2011
Moderator of a panel of 3 Superior Court judges at the MBA's Centennial Conference: "Effective Use of Evidence During Your Case", May 2011
Program chair and panelist at the MBA Trial Practice Roundtable (presented on direct and cross-examination), August 2009
Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" for General Litigation and Business Litigation from 2011 through 2013 (and a "Rising Star" in 2008, 2007 and 2005), in New England Super Lawyers as published in Boston Magazine
Voluntary & Civic Involvement
Trial Advisor, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, January 2011 - January 2014
Guest Lecturer, Electronic Evidence, Boston University Law School, December 2013
Adjunct Instructor in Appellate Advocacy, New England School of Law, 2007-08
Member, Cambridge Democratic City Committee, 2005-2014 (Ward 11)