RAS ASSOCIATES, PLLC was founded in 2003 by attorney Luis F. Ras, Esq., after fifteen years of legal experience in varied fields of law, with an emphasis on litigation and trial work. Our firm strongly believes in a litigant’s right to his or her day in court, and prepares every case with a view towards ultimately presenting a client’s case to a jury. We pride ourselves in building a case from the ground up, assuming nothing from the start. On occasions where our clients’ rights can only be fairly protected or asserted via recourse to appellate courts, our firm does not hesitate to take appeals. We are proud to have participated in creating jurisprudential precedent in various areas of the law, in both State and federal courts.
Our cases have been prominently featured in legal publications such as the New York Law Journal and Jury Verdict Reporter, and we have been asked to provide forms for inclusion in widely recognized industry form treatise publications. The Firm counts on a network of professionals who serve as counsel to the Firm as needed, with strengths in various fields of law. The Firm has attorneys admitted to the bar in the States of New York and New Jersey; the Federal District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York; the Federal District Court for District of New Jersey; the United States District Court, District of Connecticut; the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Third Circuit.
Luis F. Ras, Esq.
(914) 289-2909 x102
After graduating from Fordham University Law School in 1990, Luis F. Ras spent his first fifteen years of practice in various large to midsize Manhattan firms, gaining experience centered around the defense of tort matters ranging from the straightforward two party variety to complex multi-party, multidistrict federal and state litigations. These cases covered fields as diverse as aviation, maritime, complex property damage claims, environmental tort cases, commercial litigation, medical and professional malpractice, complex construction, vehicular and industrial product products liability cases, auto/truck/bus and construction machinery cases.
Throughout the years, Mr. Ras has also been mentioned in several daily newspapers and telecasts in relation to professional matters, such as the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and Telemundo, and authored advice columns. He has been interviewed and asked for opinion content in different areas of law. Mr. Ras strongly believes in civic and environmental responsibility, striving to assist both endeavors through participation as a Board member for the Evergreen Charter School in Hempstead, New York, the first LEEDS-certified non-profit structure built on Long Island.
Paul E. Carney, Esq.
Paul E. Carney graduated from Northeastern University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in 1992 and dual Masters Degrees in American Government, and International Relations, in 1994, before graduating from Brooklyn Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1998. His legal career began as a Law Clerk/Case Manager for the Honorable David G. Trager, United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York. After working with Justice Trager for 3 years, he spent next 17 years gaining experience centered around the defense of tort matters ranging from premises liability, construction site accident cases, complex property damage claims, environmental tort cases, product liability cases and auto/truck/bus accident cases. Paul E. Carney is a Senior Associate at RAS ASSOCIATES, PLLC, working on plaintiff and defense cases. He is admitted to practice law before the courts of the State of New York, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Coral von Glahn, J.D.
Born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico, Coral von Glahn is a Juris Doctor graduate, cum laude, of the University of Puerto Rico Law School, has passed her bar exam in New York, and is currently applying for admission to the New York and New Jersey bars. Her undergraduate studies were also at the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated magna cum laude, with a major in Political Science. She is a Law Clerk at RAS ASSOCIATES, PLLC’s New York office. She assists the firm’s attorneys handling litigation matters in State and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, and federal matters in Connecticut.
Ms. von Glahn is a native bilingual in Spanish and English, having been educated in both languages throughout her academic career. In her free time, Ms. von Glahn enjoys traveling, and gardening.
Nicolás José Pérez Martínez, Esq.,* MBA
*Admitted in Puerto Rico
Nicolás José Pérez Martínez is a law clerk at the New York office. He graduated with a dual degree JD/MBA from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 2014. He completed his undergraduate studies with a major in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, and a second concentration in Accounting, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.
During his studies in law school, he interned at the US Bankruptcy Court of Puerto Rico, and was a Teacher’s Assistant in the Secure Transactions course. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the University of Puerto Rico’s Business Law School Journal as its Content Editor and Public Relations. In addition, he was the Treasurer of the first Intellectual Property Association created in the University of Puerto Rico Law School.
He has been admitted to the Puerto Rican Bar for Lawyers, and has held the title of Notary Public, also in Puerto Rico, since 2016. He is fluent in Spanish and English, and has previous experience in Tax and Bankruptcy Law. He has a published paper on the Truth in Lending Act and its relation to Mortgage and Banking Law in Puerto Rico: Exposé of New Rules to Determine the Ability to Repay a Home Loan Application starting January 2014, 6 UPR BLJ 86 (2014) (translated).
He has done volunteer work in the Dominican Republic as an interpreter and Logistics Manager for Medical Students In Action, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. He was also a volunteer for Unidos por Puerto Rico, as part of the government’s effort for disaster relief following Hurricane María.