Robert Ray
Robert Ray (Courtesy of Thompson & Knight)

Former Whitewater prosecutor Robert Ray has left Fox Rothschild, where he was co-chair of the firm’s white-collar defense practice, to join Thompson & Knight as a partner.

Ray, 56, was a prosecutor in the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s office and then served in the federal Independent Counsel’s office from 1995 to 2002, where he supervised and conducted federal prosecutions involving public corruption.

In 1999 he succeeded Kenneth Starr as independent counsel and was responsible for investigations that concluded with reports on the Bill and Hillary Clinton Whitewater controversy and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Ray was briefly a Republican candidate for senator in New Jersey before he withdrew from the 2002 primary.

Since leaving the public sector, Ray has practiced in several firms, including Pitney Hardin, a predecessor to Day Pitney; Kelley Drye & Warren; Pryor Cashman and, in the last three years, Fox Rothschild.

Ray focuses on white-collar criminal defense matters, governance and compliance issues and internal investigations.

In an interview, he said he left Fox Rothschild because Thompson & Knight, a Texas-based firm with a large oil and gas practice, presented “an opportunity to access clients that I otherwise wouldn’t have access to,” including corporate and bank clients for compliance work and hedge fund clients for securities regulation matters.

Ray recently represented a lawyer tied to the public corruption case of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver; individual defendants in bank fraud cases; and medical device company Integra LifeSciences Corp. in an investigation of fraudulent billing practices. He also serves on the Southern District’s Criminal Justice Act panel for appointments to defend indigent defendants.

Former Whitewater prosecutor Robert Ray has left Fox Rothschild , where he was co-chair of the firm’s white-collar defense practice, to join Thompson & Knight as a partner.

Ray, 56, was a prosecutor in the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s office and then served in the federal Independent Counsel’s office from 1995 to 2002, where he supervised and conducted federal prosecutions involving public corruption.

In 1999 he succeeded Kenneth Starr as independent counsel and was responsible for investigations that concluded with reports on the Bill and Hillary Clinton Whitewater controversy and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Ray was briefly a Republican candidate for senator in New Jersey before he withdrew from the 2002 primary.

Since leaving the public sector, Ray has practiced in several firms, including Pitney Hardin, a predecessor to Day Pitney ; Kelley Drye & Warren ; Pryor Cashman and, in the last three years, Fox Rothschild .

Ray focuses on white-collar criminal defense matters, governance and compliance issues and internal investigations.

In an interview, he said he left Fox Rothschild because Thompson & Knight , a Texas-based firm with a large oil and gas practice, presented “an opportunity to access clients that I otherwise wouldn’t have access to,” including corporate and bank clients for compliance work and hedge fund clients for securities regulation matters.

Ray recently represented a lawyer tied to the public corruption case of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver; individual defendants in bank fraud cases; and medical device company Integra LifeSciences Corp. in an investigation of fraudulent billing practices. He also serves on the Southern District’s Criminal Justice Act panel for appointments to defend indigent defendants.