Raymond P. Tolentino

Counsel

Education

  • B.A., Georgetown University
  • Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
  • Summa Cum Laude

Clerkships

  • Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Hon. Cornelia T.L. Pillard, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Kiyo A. Matsumoto, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • Member, Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court
  • Recognized for Appellate Litigation, Legal 500 US, 2019
  • Francis E. Lucey, S.J. Award, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Senior Articles Editor & Senior Executive Board Member, The Georgetown Law Journal
  • Order of the Coif, Georgetown University Law Center
  • CALI Awards For Top Exams, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Legal Research & Writing Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Senior Writing Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Global Teaching Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Executive Board Member, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Georgetown University Law Center

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Federal, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Raymond “Ray” Tolentino is counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. He specializes in appellate and complex civil litigation, and has substantial experience representing clients in matters related to administrative, constitutional, employment, and civil rights law.

Ray joins Kaplan Hecker & Fink from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate group. He has litigated a wide array of commercial cases and has served as the principal author of dozens of briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and federal trial courts. Ray also maintains an active pro bono practice. Among other matters, he has successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a civil rights plaintiff in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and recently spearheaded litigation securing asylum for an Ethiopian woman who suffered persecution and torture in her home country. Ray is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and the Legal 500 US recently recognized his skill as an appellate litigator in its 2019 ranking of Akin Gump’s appellate practice. Ray also regularly advises companies in high-stakes trial litigation and regulatory matters, with particular expertise in healthcare, employment, and constitutional law.

Ray has served as a law clerk at every level of the federal judiciary, having clerked for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Hon. Cornelia T.L. Pillard of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In between clerkships, Ray also worked as an associate at Bancroft PLLC.

Ray graduated summa cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law. As a Georgetown Law student, Ray received the Francis E. Lucey, S.J. Award for graduating first in his class, among other honors, and was Senior Articles Editor and a member of the Senior Executive Board and Diversity Review Board of The Georgetown Law Journal. He also built substantial research, clinic, and teaching experience at the Law Center, and had an active pro bono practice. Ray received his B.A. in English from Georgetown, where he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude.

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