Joseph Ray Price, born in March, 1971, is one of three defendants facing charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the murder of Robert Wone.
Joe Price earned his undergraduate degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1993. It was there he first met Robert Wone, where they both served in student government, and the two formed a lasting friendship. Joe Price continued his studies at the University of Virginia law school, later serving a clerkship for Judge Norman Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Mr. Price has long been involved in gay rights advocacy, serving as past President of the UVA Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association. Later, he helped found and served from 2002 to 2006 as general counsel for Equality Virginia, a gay rights advocacy group, an association he has since ended. He continues to litigate high profile gay rights cases, including Miller vs. Jenkins, which was recently profiled in this Newsweek article.
Personally, Mr. Price has resided in the District for over a decade; most of that time in a committed partnership with Victor Zaborsky. Price and Zaborsky have shared houses on Capitol Hill, on Swann Street, and currently live together on 16th Street in the District. Mr. Price has also shared a “…personal, intimate…” relationship with Dylan Ward for four to five years. While Price and Ward alone shared a sexual relationship, Zaborsky described the three as comprising “…a family,” adding that Ward does “not really…share an equal part in the relationship, but we’re trying to develop it that way.” Price and Zaborsky have also expanded their familial relations as detailed here in this USA Today story from 2004.
Mr. Price joined Arent Fox in 1998, becoming a partner in 2006. While there he has worked in several areas, notably specializing in intellectual property litigation, trademark and copyright disputes. He has argued for clients such as AOL and Mars in federal court, and also had a significant pro bono practice. For example he was the lead Arent Fox lawyer representing the Central Union Mission, a homeless shelter, in litigation that threatens the shelter’s real estate deal with the District. While awaiting trial, he retains his position of partner at the law firm Arent Fox LLP, and is officially listed as being on leave of absence.