Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
Raymond Towne, Attorney, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in safety management and safety litigation.
Following earning a Bachelor of Arts in classics in 1974 from Pomona College in Claremont, California, Mr. Towne pursued coursework toward a Master of Divinity and clinical psychology doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary, now known as Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology, in Pasadena, California from 1975 to 1979. He later continued his education with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1987. He is admitted to practice law in Arizona and California and after retirement and relocation to Arkansas in 2015, he also became a member of the State Bar of Arkansas in 2017. He was admitted to practice before the federal Western District of Arkansas in 2021.
Mr. Towne has excelled for over fifty years in the fields of education, safety management and law. He found success as a teacher with Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles from 1974 to 1975, a Latin teacher with Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena from 1977 to 1978 and National Association of Securities Dealers Series 7 Exam Teacher with Financial Schools of America in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1982.
Turning his attention to law, Mr. Towne prospered as supervising law clerk in the law and motion departments from 1989 to 1992 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court for Hon. Dzintra Janavs. He then served as an associate attorney for Prudential Insurance Company in Pasadena from 1992 to 1996, staff attorney for the California Department of Transportation in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2001 and staff attorney for the California Labor Commissioner in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2020, during which time he also prospered as a staff attorney in the legal unit of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) from 2002 to 2010. He has prospered in private practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2017. Mr. Towne’s area of specialty is nonprofit corporation law, small business law, occupational safety and health.
Mr. Towne provided superior service in safety management as an associate safety engineer with Cal/OSHA’s West Covina District from 2010 to 2013, associate safety engineer in the mining and tunneling unit in Cal/OSHA’s San Bernardino District from 2013 to 2015 and safety consultant in Fayetteville, Arkansas from 2015 to the present.
Mr. Towne attributes his success to the example of his late father who was in the military, and his late mother, who was a journalist and devout Christian. Mr. Towne believes that doing your duty is the only way to happiness and as an attorney, he believes in what he is doing and his cause is just. He does a lot of research, uses his technical skills and knowledge, so he is the single most reliable resource in the courtroom. What attracted him to the law was the idea of being an advocate for people and representing them. Mr. Towne took great pride in representing the people in California, was with the Department of Transportation for four years, and then Labor Commissioner for a year and as a safety inspector with Cal/OSHA for five years.
At present, Mr. Towne serves as a volunteer corporate secretary for the Northwest Arkansas Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Council and other work safety organizations. He and his wife currently sing with the Sacred Harp Singers of Springdale, Arkansas.
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