Firm Bios

John Ray

Partner

The founder of the firm, John Ray, established the predecessor firm, John Ray & Associates, in 1983. The firm became Ray, Mitev & Associates, LLP in 2013. Mr. Ray is the only attorney in the U.S. to have two full-length trials covered by Court TV and has frequently appeared on nationwide television, including Hardcopy, Current Affair, Inside Edition, Larry King Live, Sally Jesse Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, Maury Povich, Jenny Jones, Larry King Live, Dateline NBC and ABC’s Eyewitness News, as well as all major network news shows. Read more...

Vesselin Mitev

Partner

Mr. Mitev has successfully tried cases and conducted hearings in the District, County, Family and Supreme Courts, as well as successfully represented clients before various administrative agencies. A former bureau chief for the New York Law Journal, where he covered the New York courts from Manhattan to Albany for the nation’s most prestigious legal daily newspaper, Mr. Mitev developed a taste for litigation by representing clients who were denied unemployment benefits. Read More...

Nicole Berkman

Associate Attorney

Ms. Berkman joined Ray, Mitev & Associates, LLP in February of 2017. Having previously worked in Suffolk County in the matrimonial field, Ms. Berkman is thrilled to expand her legal expertise and appears in courts throughout the State of New York on cases ranging from traffic infractions to commercial litigation, to family actions. In her first few weeks at our firm, she also served as second chair on a contentious matrimonial trial. Read More...

Thomas Raleigh

Of Counsel

Thomas Raleigh joined the firm of Ray, Mitev & Associates, LLP in March of 2018 bringing over 25 years of legal experience, with particular expertise in complex litigation, regulatory matters, and commercial land transactions involving environmentally compromised property. Read More...

Samantha Bennett

Office Manager/Trial Paralegal

As a paralegal who has quickly built a successful career path, Samantha assists lawyers at Ray, Mitev & Associates with document production and examination, fact development, deposition preparation, and trial preparation. Read more...

Danielle Stepnoski

Legal Assistant

In September 2017 Danielle Stepnoski joined Ray, Mitev & Associates, LLP after graduating from Stony Brook University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts. Danielle majored in Political Science, minored in Women’s Studies, and was a member of the Stony Brook Democratic Committee. Read more...