Cary Rice has experience in a range of complex commercial litigation matters. She has handled cases involving breach of contract, business torts, and the RICO Act in the financial services and other industries.

She has also represented clients in a range of insurance coverage matters, including professional liability, directors and officers liability, and general liability coverage; in white collar criminal and civil enforcement actions, including overseeing cross-border internal investigations, representing clients’ employees in witness interviews by the U.S. Department of Justice, and creating customized compliance programs; and in formal evidentiary hearings before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Cary has also maintained a pro bono practice. During her time at Hangley Aronchick, she has represented the Pennsylvania Innocence Project in federal and state court matters. She also serves on the Community Advisory Board of Healthy Newsworks, a non-profit organization that teaches students in high-need, low-income communities the skills required to research, write, and produce health-focused newspapers and digital media.

Cary earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, an Article Editor for the Journal of Law and Technology Digest, and a member of the Drama Society. She earned her undergraduate degree, with High Distinction, from the University of Virginia, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the three-time national champion Mock Trial Team. During law school, Cary served as an intern for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division.

Prior to joining Hangley Aronchick, Cary worked in the litigation and white collar practice groups at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Before her time at Quinn Emanuel, Cary was a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Washington, D.C.

Cary is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of Maryland.


Honors & Awards


Named to Benchmark Litigation‘s “40 Under 40” list, 2024

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America as “One to Watch” for Commercial Litigation, 2024

Dean’s Scholar Award (2010 and 2011), Harvard Law School

Best Brief Runner-up, National Animal Law Moot Court Competition

Teaching & Lecturing

Presenter, “Who Can Bind the Company: Litigating Authority Issues,” Association of Corporate Counsel 2020 Litigation Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 9, 2020

Presenter, “Strategic Considerations When Litigating a Pro Bono Civil Rights Case,” CLE, July 13, 2017


“Four Loko a.k.a. Blackout in a Can: The Federal Regulation of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages,” Harvard Law School, October 2011

“Responsibility and the ‘Sport of Kings’: Imposing an Affirmative Duty of Care on the Primary Financial Beneficiaries of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industry,” 4 Stan. J. Animal L. & Pol’y 64 (2011)

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