United States: Charles De Monaco And Robert Ray To Co-Chair Fox Rothschild’s White Collar Compliance & Defense Practice Group
Last Updated: May 28 2015

Fox Rothschild announces the appointment of Partners Robert Ray and Charles De Monaco, resident in the firm's New York and Pittsburgh offices, respectively, as the co-chairs of Fox's White Collar Compliance & Defense Practice Group, which comprises nearly 25 attorneys nationwide. As Ray and DeMonaco take on their new leadership roles, Partners Patrick Egan and Ernest Badway step down after nine years and seven years, respectively, at the helm of the white collar team.

"We are deeply grateful for the dedicated service Patrick and Ernie have provided to our white collar group, which enjoyed steady growth under their long watch," noted Firmwide Managing Partner Mark Silow. "Fox anticipates a continued expansion trajectory in this high-need legal area, and is certain that Bob and Chuck will provide well-informed and strategic guidance to the group."

Both De Monaco and Ray are courtroom veterans with impressive track records of leading complex, high-profile cases.

De Monaco focuses on complex white collar criminal defense as well as securities litigation, including matters involving allegations of fraud; corporate disputes involving director and officer liability, corporate compliance, governance, corporate waste and breaches of fiduciary duty; environmental law; health care law; Qui Tam litigation; and commercial litigation. In addition to his new position, De Monaco co-chairs the firm's Marcellus Shale practice. Prior to joining Fox, De Monaco served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and, in this role, was lead counsel on the high-profile 1988 Ashland Oil spill case, and, as Assistant Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, was lead counsel for the United States in the criminal prosecution of U.S. v. Exxon and Exxon Shipping Co. for the massive 1989 Exxon Valdez Alaska oil spill.

Known as an aggressive client advocate, Ray handles sophisticated white collar criminal defense matters, corporate governance and compliance issues, internal investigations and general litigation, including civil RICO and commercial fraud. His particular areas of focus include, among others, securities and commodities trading; money laundering; Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Bank Secrecy Act matters; bank fraud and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ray was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 1989 through 1995, when he joined the Independent Counsel's office in Washington, DC. In this role, he supervised, conducted and participated in complex, long-term and multidefendant federal prosecutions involving public corruption at all levels and stages in federal court. In October 1999, Ray 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.

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