Dan Ray


Dan joined Nolo as a Legal Editor in 2022. He writes and edits articles dealing with personal injury cases and claims. He also writes and edits articles on constitutional law topics from time-to-time.

Education. Dan graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bachelor of business administration degree, majoring in Finance. Later, he received his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Law School. While in law school, Dan was Editor-in-Chief of the UMKC Law Review, and he earned several awards for academic achievements.

Law and teaching experience. Dan spent about 12 years practicing law in Kansas and Missouri, mostly handling plaintiff-side personal injury cases including slip and fall claims, auto cases, medical malpractice and product liability suits, and civil rights matters. Dan has tried cases in state and federal courts and handled appeals in state and federal courts in Kansas and Missouri. After leaving private practice, Dan spent more than 15 years teaching law. His area of teaching expertise is federal constitutional law. Most recently, Dan was with a legal data analytics firm, where he assisted in creating and maintaining the firm’s civil rights practice area.

Other interests. When he’s not busy writing and editing, Dan follows TCU Horned Frogs football. Having grown up in the Kansas City area, he’s also far too invested in Kansas City Chiefs football. Outside of football season, he enjoys watching old comedy movies and TV shows.

Articles By Dan Ray

Who Is At Fault for a T-Bone Car Accident?
When one vehicle hits another in a side impact, it can be a challenge to sort out who’s legally responsible for the crash.
Valuing Your Personal Injury Damages and Compensation
Use this step-by-step method to estimate a range of values for your personal injury claim.
How Wrongful Death Lawsuits and Settlements Work
A wrongful death claim is a special kind of lawsuit brought when someone dies as a result of the defendant's negligent or intentional act.
Can I Sue a Dentist for Dental Malpractice?
You can sue a dentist for dental malpractice, but don’t try to handle the case on your own. Find a good dental malpractice lawyer.
Settlement Value of a Broken Bone Claim
A look at the factors that determine the settlement value of a broken bone insurance claim or lawsuit.
Responding to a Low Personal Injury Settlement Offer
The insurance company made a low—maybe a ridiculously low—settlement offer for your personal injury claim. Now what?
Settlement Value of a Shoulder Injury Claim
A look at the factors that determine the settlement value of a shoulder injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
Settlement Value of a Head Injury Claim
A look at the factors that determine the settlement value of a head injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
Can You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After the Statute of Limitations Has Run?
The statute of limitations is a claim killer, but the discovery rule and tolling rules might keep your claim alive.
Detailing Your Injuries and Damages in a Demand Letter
Your "damages" determine the value of your personal injury settlement, so be sure to include specifics in your demand letter.