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John O'Leary
Ambassador to Chile
oleary.photoJohn O'Leary was sworn in by Vice President Gore as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Chile on July 8, 1998, at a White House ceremony. He was nominated by President Clinton on April 28, 1998, and confirmed by the Senate on June 26.

Mr. O'Leary, of Portland, Maine, has been a partner at the law firm of Pierce Atwood. Throughout his 24 years of legal experience, Mr. O'Leary's areas of concentration have included environmental, trade practice, public utility, and corporate litigation. Mr. O'Leary currently serves on the governing councils of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation and Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. In 1996, he was appointed by the American Bar Association's president to serve as chair of the Standing Committee on Environmental Law.

Mr. O'Leary's professional experience with respect to Inter-American issues has included working with the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission on a Venezuelan matter, serving on a three-member United States team that assisted the President and the Government of Bolivia in sustainable development matters, and leading the natural resources and environmental protection committee of the Inter-American Bar Association, including Inter-American Bar Association activities in Chile and elsewhere in the Americas. In March 1997, he organized and chaired a major conference in Argentina on "Development, the Environment, and Dispute Resolution in the Americas," the first such American Bar Association ever convened in South America.

Born January 16, 1947, Mr. O'Leary is a lifelong resident of Portland, Maine. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1969, was a Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge University, from 1969 to 1971. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1974.

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