Marcaccio is the co-founder of Oliverio & Marcaccio LLP. He was
previously a partner in the law firm of Blish & Cavanagh, which is
also located in Providence, Rhode Island.
Ray enjoys a
varied practice in trial and appellate advocacy, as well as
conducting internal investigations for employers, and serving as an
arbitrator, hearing officer and mediator. He helps his clients
navigate through litigation and other legal challenges to a
Advice and Litigation
Defends employers against various claims of discrimination,
harassment, and retaliation.
Brings suit to enforce restrictive covenants, such as
non-compete clauses in employment contracts.
Represents former executives in obtaining substantial severance
packages from former employers.
Conducts high level and
sensitive investigations on behalf of employers concerning
allegations of discrimination, harassment and malfeasance by
employees, including chief executive officers and upper management.
General Civil Litigation
Represents companies and
individuals in all types of civil litigation, including commercial
disputes, insurance bad faith claims, and torts.
First Amendment and Constitutional
Represents local news media
organizations against defamation claims and brings claims for access
to public records and court and government proceedings. Defends
public agencies and other entities against First Amendment, due
process, and related constitutional challenges in both federal and
Arbitrations and Hearing Officer
Arbitrates and mediates employment and commercial disputes.
Serves as a hearing officer for state agencies to decide a
variety of cases including pension disputes. Ray has been
called upon by the state to set the annual health insurance
rates for the individual market in Rhode Island.
Summary of Significant
Co-represented the women
athletes at Brown University in a landmark Title IX sex
discrimination case in federal court.
Brought suit in federal
court which has been cited by a number of other jurisdictions to
recognize a common law whistle blower claim.
Successfully litigated a
bad faith claim against an insurance company for failure to pay
Successfully defended a
local newspaper against a defamation claim at a jury trial brought
in Providence County Superior Court.
television stations against defamation claims pending in state
the president of a large shipping company in actions brought by
local lobstermen after an oil spill from one of the president’s
Obtained a defendant’s
verdict on behalf of a large oil company in a jury trial in
Providence County Superior Court.
Numerous appeals before
the Rhode Island Supreme Court and appearances before the United
States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Investigation of a large
public agency relating to allegations of misconduct and sexual
harassment by chief executive officer.
Investigation of a
statewide public transit authority relating to allegations of
malfeasance by chief executive officer.
Investigation of two
state agencies concerning allegations of misconduct by management,
job performance, lack of appropriate oversight and adherence to
applicable laws and regulations, and compliance with best practices
concerning investigations into allegations of sexual assault at a
municipal department concerning allegations of pervasive race
discrimination and harassment.
malfeasance committed by chief executive officer.
Professional Achievements and
Co-Chair of the 2011
United States District Court Conference
Recipient of the Public
Justice Achievement Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Past Member of the
Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline
Appointed by the
Governor and confirmed by the Senate, Ray served for five years on
the Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline, which oversees the
conduct of all members of the judicial branch for the State of Rhode
Top Civil Litigator
AV Rating for more than 20 years
Vice-Chair and Board
Member of the Rhode Island Disability Law Center
Past President and
Founding Member of the Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island
Fellow of the Rhode
Island Bar Foundation
In 2002, Ray was inducted as Fellow of
the Foundation, which
is a non-profit,
charitable organization whose mission is to foster and maintain the
honor and integrity of the profession of law and to study, improve
and facilitate the administration of justice in Rhode Island.
Member of the Employment/Labor Law
Committee of the RI Bar Association
Member of the United States District
Court Bench/Bar Committee of the RI Bar Association
Past Member of the Unites States
District Court Local Rules Committee
Providence College, B.A.,
magna cum laude, 1983
Attended University of Fribourg,
Columbus School of Law, Catholic
University of America, J.D., 1986
Decisions from the First Circuit:
A Crisis for Victims of Age Discrimination, R.I. Bar Journal,
Volume XL, No. 8 (May 1992)