Robert Ray (prosecutor)

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Robert Ray
Independent Counsel
In office
October 19, 1999 – March 13, 2002
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Kenneth W. Starr
Succeeded by none
Personal details
Born Robert William Ray
(1960-04-04) April 4, 1960 (age 58)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kristen Jane Morsches
Relations Robert Luman Ray
the former Margaret Ann Bangs
Children Caroline Margaret
William Charles
Edward Francis
Alma mater Princeton University
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Profession lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert William Ray (born April 4, 1960) is an American lawyer. 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.[1]

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 Rodham Clinton (2000-06-22)

Under independent counsel Donald Smaltz head prosecuted Mike Espy, and then worked for 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.[1][2][3]

He is the father of three children.

As of 2013 he is in private practice, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP.[4]

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

  • 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. 1.0 1.1 "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.
  2. 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. 
  3. "Pryor Cashman LLP: Robert W. Ray". Retrieved 2008-11-01.