Paul Ray

Senior Advisor

750 17th Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, D.C. 20006

Mr. Ray, who until recently served as the federal “regulations czar,” advises on federal administrative practice, law, and policy. Combining experience at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Department of Labor, and the Supreme Court with several years of practice as an administrative appellate lawyer, he provides advice and technical expertise on a variety of regulatory, compliance, enforcement, and litigation matters. Drawing on his experience at the helm of the federal regulatory system, Mr. Ray helps clients understand the regulatory process and cross-agency dynamics of critical rulemaking. 

Mr. Ray joined Patomak from the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where he was confirmed as Administrator by the Senate in January 2020. Previously, he served as Acting Administrator and Associate Administrator at OIRA. In those roles, he oversaw the review of hundreds of regulations, led federal efforts on regulatory reform, and frequently engaged with members of Congress, as well as with companies, non-profits, and other stakeholders in the private sector.

Before joining OIRA in 2018, he served as Counselor to the Secretary of Labor, where he focused on legal and policy issues related to regulations. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Sidley Austin and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito from 2013 to 2014 and for Judge Debra Livingston of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 2011 to 2012.

Mr. Ray received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Hillsdale College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard University Law School, where he also served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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