Ray Twohig received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude in 1969 from The Ohio State University College of Law, then attended The Georgetown University Law School as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow from 1969 to 1971 in a graduate law program which emphasized trial skills. He taught in the Ohio State Law School clinical program for two years, was in private practice in Ohio until 1977, then was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in New Mexico from 1978-81.
He has been in private practice in New Mexico from 1981 until the present. He has practiced law for 40+ years, and in his 30+ years of private practice in Ohio and New Mexico, he has concentrated on criminal defense and plaintiff civil rights cases. He received the New Mexico ACLU Guardian of the Constitution Award in 1995 and the State Bar’s Courageous Advocacy Award in 1997.
He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Law since its first publication in 1987 and selected to US News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms 2014.
He was the petitioner in Twohig v. Blackmer, 121 NM 746, 918 P.2d 332 (1996) in which he persuaded the New Mexico Supreme Court to recognize the New Mexico Constitutional free speech right of attorneys to speak about their clients’ cases in the public media, and to be free of gag orders unless a clear and present danger is proven.
He has participated in many cases with high public visibility, some of which are described in this website. He received the NMCDLA’s highest recognition, the Driscoll Award in 2000. He has been listed in Southwest SuperLawyers since it began publication, has the highest AV rating in Martindale Hubbell and is listed in their Preeminent Lawyers Bar. He is a certified criminal law specialist, and was nominated and selected as a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers in 1987, and continues in that prestigious organization.