Robert Ray (prosecutor)

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Robert Ray
Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Affair
In office
October 18, 1999 – March 13, 2002
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byKen Starr
Succeeded byJulie Thomas
Personal details
Robert William Ray

(1960-04-04) April 4, 1960 (age 58)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kristen Jane Morsches
RelationsRobert Luman Ray
the former Margaret Ann Bangs
ChildrenCaroline Margaret
William Charles
Edward Francis
Alma materPrinceton University
Washington and Lee University School of Law

Robert William Ray (born April 4, 1960) is an American lawyer practicing in the New York office of the Dallas-based law firm of Thompson & Knight, LLP.[1] As the successor to Ken Starr as the head of the Office of the Independent Counsel (1999 to 2002) he investigated and issued the final reports on the Whitewater scandal, the White House travel office controversy, and the White House FBI files controversy. Before that he was Deputy Independent Counsel investigating former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy and before that Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.[2]

Mr. Ray submitted the independent counsel's final reports on

Monica Lewinsky scandal (2002-03-06)
Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan Association (2001-01-05)
Anthony Marceca (2000-03-16)
Bernard Nussbaum (2000-03-16)
William David Watkins (2000-06-22)
Hillary Clinton (2000-06-22)

Under independent counsel Donald Smaltz he prosecuted Mike Espy, and then worked under Ken Starr.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for a non-partisan school board in Brooklyn, New York 1993 and 1996, on the "children's slate". He was briefly a candidate in the United States Senate elections, 2002 in New Jersey.[2][3][4]

He is the father of three children.

As of 2016 he is in private practice, a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP.[5]

Ray received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1982, and his J.D. cum laude from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1985. He was a clerk for Honorable Frank X. Altimari in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

See also[edit]

  • Independent counsel investigations - final reports The Office of the Independent Counsel, In re: Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan (and other matters) was closed on March 23, 2004. The Office of Independent Counsel was headed by Kenneth W. Matt (1995-1999), Robert W. Ray (1999-2002) and Julie F. Thomas (2002-2004).


  1. ^ "Robert W. Ray | People | Thompson & Knight LLP". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  2. ^ a b "Robert William Ray." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. Document Number: K2015365641. Fee. Accessed 2008-11-01.
  3. ^ Weiser, Benjamin; Neil A. Lewis (1999-12-19). "An Aggressive Prosecutor Now Enters the Limelight as Starr's Successor". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  4. ^ "Pryor Cashman LLP: Robert W. Ray". Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  5. ^ "Robert W. Ray | People | Thompson & Knight LLP". Retrieved 2016-10-10.