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A prominent litigator and former federal prosecutor and Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation, Robert Ray is a respected courtroom veteran who aggressively advocates his clients’ interests in white collar criminal defense matters, corporate governance and compliance issues, internal investigations, and general litigation, including civil RICO and commercial fraud.

Bob has extensive first chair trial experience, handling more than 25 federal jury trials to verdict in matters ranging from bank fraud, extortion, bribery, real property, and healthcare law to white collar criminal defense, including sophisticated prosecutions – as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney – involving RICO, terrorism, violent crime, and public corruption offenses as well as securities fraud. Some of these trials have been multi-month proceedings in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere involving dozens of witnesses and claims and extensive cross-examination of critical witnesses over a number of days.

Bob’s extensive knowledge and experience encompasses such areas as:

  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulation
  • Securities fraud
  • Commodities trading
  • Insurance transactions
  • Money laundering
  • Forfeiture
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Bank Secrecy Act
  • Bank fraud
  • Environmental compliance
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Antitrust
  • False Claims Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance
  • U.S. Customs enforcement

Bob joined the Independent Counsel’s office in Washington, DC in 1995, where he supervised, conducted, and participated in complex, long-term, and multi-defendant federal prosecutions involving public corruption at all levels and stages in federal court. He succeeded Kenneth Starr as Independent Counsel and was responsible for the In re Madison Guaranty investigations, which concluded with published final reports on matters involving FBI files, the White House Travel Office, Whitewater, and Monica Lewinsky.

Because of his extensive and varied background, Bob is regularly asked by the media to provide insights on relevant criminal and legal matters. In connection with his service as Independent Counsel and its aftermath, he has appeared as a commentator or in a related capacity on various network and cable television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, CNN Late Edition/The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Fox News Sunday, Fox Business with Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, NBC Nightly News, Nightline with Ted Koppel, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

Served as Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation

Named to New York Metro Super Lawyers® 2018 by Thomson Reuters

Received a top national ranking for Litigation-Securities in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Prior Employment

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1989-1995
  • Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Frank X. Altimari, U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit, 1987-1989
  • Candidate, Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, State of New Jersey, 2002

Honors & Affiliations


  • Trailblazers – White Collar Crime, The National Law Journal, 2015
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Criminal Defense: White Collar), 2011-2019
  • Who’s Who in America, 2011-2016


  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council, Second Circuit
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Federalist Society
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2010-2015
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2003-2009
  • Washington and Lee University, Law Council, 2003-2007
  • Princeton University, History Department Advisory Council, 2013-2016

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1985, cum laude, Washington and Lee University School of Law; Washington and Lee Law Review; best oralist, John W. Davis Moot Court Competition;. runner-up for best brief and quarterfinalist, William & Mary Moot Court Competition
  • 2016, Harvard University; Executive Education Certificate, Mastering Negotiation, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • A.B., 1982, magna cum laude, Princeton University


  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. New Jersey
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Columbia
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Ct.