Ray Perini was born in New York City. A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, he received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan in 1969. He later graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1973, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence.
Ray started his career as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in 1973. For the next three years he prosecuted New York City’s worst drug dealers and investigated homicide cases. In 1976, Perini left the Brooklyn District Attorney‘s Office to start the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Narcotics Bureau.
From 1976 through 1989 Perini prosecuted international drug dealers and street level distributors, including the record-breaking seizure of a cargo trawler full of marijuana from Colombia.
Since 1989 he has worked as a senior partner at Perini & Hoerger, a criminal defense firm, specializing in the most serious felony cases in both state and federal court. He has maintained a good working relationship with local and federal prosecutors and all major law enforcement agencies.
Ray Perini has investigated and tried a wide variety of cases involving international narcotic trafficking, stock fraud, racketeering, gangs, gambling, homicide, large scale bank fraud, and government corruption.
He is admitted in New York as well as the Federal Courts of the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a past President of the Suffolk County Criminal Bar Association and has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ray is an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Suffolk County Retired Detectives Association. He is married with two grown children.