Ray Sherbill is a corporate attorney who combines strategic thinking, attention to detail and drafting, and broad commercial experience to represent businesses and business owners knowledgeably and effectively on a continuing (and usually long-term) basis, serving clients in the mid-Atlantic region as well as nationally and internationally.
Ray counsels businesses of all sizes in a variety of transactional, financial, employment and tax-related matters, as well as the handling and resolution of complex disputes. His clients include manufacturers, government contractors, distributors, construction firms, service providers, and a number of international businesses, as well as individual business owners and entrepreneurs.
In his transactional practice, he routinely represents clients on the buying and selling of businesses, including advising on the business sale process, engaging investment banking or other brokerage assistance, preparing a company for sale and due diligence, and negotiating and closing significant equity or asset transactions. Ray also advises businesses on preferred equity, senior debt and mezzanine financing transactions, executive and employee compensation and incentive arrangements, corporate governance and succession planning.
As a negotiator and advocate, Ray frequently represents clients in business ownership and control issues and disputes, efforts to mitigate or resolve liability risks, and efforts to maximize value on key assets and opportunities. Mechanically inclined, he readily grasps technical, manufacturing and construction concepts that frequently prove essential to addressing manufacturing or construction liability issues. Ray also represents clients in government contracting matters with the procuring agencies or the Government Accountability Office, and in other matters before federal and state regulators.
Ray serves as a trustee and executive committee member of the National Park Trust, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, a unit of the National Parks. He also is a past chair of Committee for Montgomery, a coalition of diverse community organization and business leaders who find consensus and advocate for the betterment of Montgomery County. Ray also is a board member and provides pro bono legal services to Combat Soldier Recovery Fund, a charity that provides direct financial support to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, biking, cooking, art and history.
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law (2019)
National Park Trust (Counsel, 1989 – present; Trustee, 2003 – present; Secretary, Executive Committee, Governance Committee)
Committee for Montgomery (Board Member, 2009 – present; Chair, 2015-16)
Combat Soldiers Recovery Fund (Board, 2006 – present)
American Bar Association
Bar Association of Montgomery County
National Association of Dealer Counsel
Society for Human Resource Management
National Contract Management Association