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Ray Mateo focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex civil litigation. He has extensive experience interacting with State and Federal governmental agencies, and regularly represents clients facing complicated immigration concerns.
Prior to joining the firm, Ray served as Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Organized Crime Bureau. In his role as a trial attorney, Ray investigated and prosecuted high-profile racketeering, tax evasion, fraud, and money laundering matters as well as weapons- and narcotics-trafficking offenses. Among his many accomplishments while at the Attorney General’s Office, Ray tried numerous criminal cases to completion, obtaining favorable verdicts in every one of his cases. In recognition for his outstanding performance, Ray received awards from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and Division of Criminal Justice.
Prior to his government service, Ray litigated at a New York law firm where he represented clients in immigration matters, criminal defense and contract disputes.
Ray began his legal career as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, Presiding Judge for the Criminal Division, Superior Court, Essex County.
Ray is a member of the Harpur Law Council, a group of Binghamton University alum mentoring and supporting undergraduates who are considering law as a career. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and is an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association and Hudson Bar Association. He was awarded the 2015 New York State Rising Star of the year by the Hispanic Coalition, Inc.
Ray graduated with honors from Binghamton University and received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey; New York; United States District Court, District of New Jersey; United States District Court, Southern District of New York; United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.