Overview

Will Wray, Jr. is a member of the firm’s litigation group. Will represents businesses and governments in an array of complex civil litigation matters, primarily in federal court, concerning intellectual property, data privacy, cybersecurity, trade secret, and employment matters. Recent engagements include the successful defense of Rhode Island’s Secretary of State against a nationally-owned newspaper in connection with data privacy matters, the successful defense of an individual accused of CFAA violations and other cyber-crimes, successfully pressing a case in federal court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf a national bank in connection with losses suffered by the bank resulting from a spear-phishing cyber-attack on the bank’s settlement agent, and representing a global payments corporation in federal court concerning the interplay between GDPR and the corporation’s U.S. discovery obligations.

Before joining Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C., Will served as judicial intern in both the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and then worked at a multi-national law firm.

Will was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2021 and is active in the community with several professional and civic organizations.  He is a frequent writer on issues in the forefront of business and litigation.

Will is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2013) ranked third in class
  • Brown University (B.A., Middle East Studies, 2010)

Admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Representative Matters
  • Successfully represented two of Rhode Island’s municipalities at trial, in the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and in one case in the United States Supreme Court against constitutional challenges brought by current and former employees concerning challenges to the municipalities’ pension statutes.
  • Represented a global payments corporation in federal court concerning the interplay between GDPR and the corporation’s U.S. discovery obligations, resulting in one of the earliest federal court decisions concerning the proper balance to strike under the Supreme Court’s decision in Societe Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale v. U.S. Dist. Court for S. Dist. Of Iowa, 482 U.S. 522, 544 (1987).
  • On behalf of the Defendant, successfully obtained dismissal of a five-count federal lawsuit alleging CFAA and similar claims brought by a consortium of six plaintiffs against an individual alleged to have mounted a cyber-attack on plaintiffs.
  • Successfully represented Rhode Island’s Secretary of State against a nationally-owned newspaper in connection with a data privacy matter arising from the Secretary’s decision to dis-include certain voter personally-identifiable information from document requests propounded under the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act.
  • Successfully represented a national bank in an E.D.N.Y. federal court lawsuit against its title insurer and former law firm in connection with losses suffered from a spear-phishing cyber-attack on the bank’s settlement agent.
  • Represented an Ivy League University and a national collegiate sports organization in a claim brought by a former student alleging that the university and the organization failed to adopt reasonable safety precautions in connection with a student sport; the case was voluntarily dismissed before trial.
  • Represented various state and quasi-state departments, including the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, the Rhode Island Convention Center, the Secretary of State, the Department of Administration, and the Governor’s office, in various high-stakes complex civil litigation proceedings and consultations.
  • Represented a major solar power developer in a dispute with a municipality that had denied the developer the right to proceed with its development; the resolution of this lawsuit resulted in an approved solar power development.
  • Assisted in the representation the world’s largest toy manufacturer against trade secrets claims brought under state and federal law in federal court.
  • Will and his colleagues have successfully represented a national bank and national brokerages in employment, data theft, and non-competition matters in federal and state courts in various states across the United States.
  • Assisted in the defense of a national defense contractor in a breach of contract action.
Seminars / Publications
  • The Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Electronic Evidence: Available Electronic Evidence and How to Access It, CLE Presentation, October, 2019.
  • Author, Why Logic, Experience, and Precedent Compel the Demise of Mandatory Sentencing Statues, Roger Williams University Law Review, 2013.
  • Author, Narragansett Improvement Co. v. Wheeler, Roger Williams University Law Review, 2012.
Honors
  • Selected as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021 and 2022 in the field of Commercial Litigation.
  • Named Rhode Island Rising Star, by the publishers of Super Lawyers, 2016 -2020. 
  • Professional Excellence in the Law, Rhode Island Monthly, 2019 (Appellate), 2020 (Civil Trial), and 2021 (Commercial Litigation).

 

RI Monthly
Super Lawyers
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals.
  • Member, and Membership Chair, Board of Directors, University Club 2019-2021.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Roger Williams Law Alumni Association
  • Adjunct Scholar, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity
  • President, Rhode Island Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society
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