Raymond R. Gates

Ray Gates has defended insureds and self-insureds in a broad variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases, ranging from minor to catastrophic injury claims. He has extensive trial experience defending dentists, nurses, physicians and hospitals, rental car companies, and insurers in bad faith litigation.

Ray’s California and Nevada practice also focuses on premises, product liability and ski defense, as well as medical, hospital and pharmaceutical malpractice, and representation of casino clients. In Nevada, Ray has defended the interests of doctors, dentists, nurses, clinics, hospitals, Raley’s, St. Paul’s, Rite Aid, Harrah’s, Heavenly Ski Resort, USAA, CNA, Encompass, Zurich U.S., Alamo, National and Enterprise car rental companies. He has handled several high profile matters in the Reno/Tahoe region. He has litigated cases in California and Florida Appellate Courts as well as the Nevada Supreme Court.

In Kornton v. Conrad, Inc., 119 Nev. Adv. Rep. 14, 67 P.2d 316 (2003), the Nevada Supreme Court upheld a grant of summary judgment Ray obtained in favor of an employer who was sued for wrongful death allegedly caused by the employer’s employee. The case, which Ray handled at both the trial court and Supreme Court levels, further defined Nevada’s “going and coming rule”, which establishes when an employer is liable for injuries caused by an employee’s driving.

In trial, Ray successfully defended a community hospital in San Luis Obispo County, California, where plaintiff claimed a failure to diagnose a myocardial infarction in the Intensive Care Unit resulted in permanent heart damage. In another jury trial, Ray successfully defended a vascular surgeon in a month-long medical malpractice wrongful death trial regarding the alleged failure to treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm in Placer County, California. He has also successfully defended USAA in bad faith cases at trial and through appeal, including the much publicized case of Moralez v. USAA, which involved the disappearance and likely murder of his key witness, Doris Inzunza, a USAA employee and member of a Sacramento organization protecting women from stalkers. The CBS news program “48 Hours” extensively covered the case.

Ray recently obtained a Defense Award in a Reno, Nevada, Binding Arbitration where plaintiff claimed a closed head injury resulting in loss of memory and eyesight. Ray was able to establish plaintiff’s “recovered memory” of events, accusing the defendant of battery, well after the incident, were untrustworthy and unreliable.

Ray most recently successfully defended Renown Regional Medical Center, the sole trauma center in Reno, Nevada following a four week trial. The case, Minor v. Newbold, involved a 2 ½ year old child and claims of failure to diagnose a small bowel obstruction resulting in permanent bowel damage and shortened life span. Ray obtained an unanimous jury verdict.

Ray has practiced law since graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 1989 where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team, receiving awards for oral and legal writing excellence. Prior to attending law school, Ray served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in New York from 1982 to 1986, performing dignitary and witness protection. Ray is a 1982 graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he was a member of the Order of Omega. He currently conducts training seminars for nurses and dentists. He also serves as a Judge Pro Tem in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties.