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Jack Bray is a senior member of the Washington trial bar. He has tried cases in federal district courts for over 50 years. His varied civil and criminal trial practice has included defense procurement, insurance coverage, antitrust, federal tax, environmental, and a great variety of breach of contract cases.

Jack’s work was featured in the recent book, Rats in the Grain by James B. Lieber, about his defense of Archer Daniels Midland’s Vice Chairman, Michael D. Andreas, in a two-month price-fixing trial. Among the author’s comments: 

  • Jack is “one of the capital’s most accomplished litigators” and “equally at home in criminal or civil cases.”
  • “With his well-tailored suits, gun metal gray hair, and sonorous voice, he seemed the image of a trial lawyer.”
  • “He was extremely good at explaining complicated economic and financial matters in court.”
  • “In court, he seemed unflappable, courteous, well-spoken, and ready for anything.  Jurors would see him as the calm point in a storm and would rely on him for the truth.”
  • Jack’s closing argument was especially noted by the author:  “It had been a stunningly good closing that played upon themes of displeasure with the government, foreign competition and snitches.  It hit the evidentiary holes.  The language was strong but not strident.  It had been smoothly but not slickly presented.”

He has tried cases across the United States, in federal courts in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Omaha, Chicago, Mobile, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Denver, and many other cities. 

He joined King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., as a partner in 1997.  From 1980 to 1993 and from 1995 to 2007 he was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Full Bio

Credentials

LL.B., St. Louis University, cum laude

B.S., St. Louis University

District of Columbia

Missouri

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Tax Court

American College of Trial Lawyers

District of Columbia Bar; Missouri Bar

Credentials

LL.B., St. Louis University, cum laude

B.S., St. Louis University

District of Columbia

Missouri

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Tax Court

American College of Trial Lawyers

District of Columbia Bar; Missouri Bar