R. James Woolsey served as Director of Central Intelligence for two years during the Clinton Administration, and has served in the U.S. government as: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, Under Secretary of the Navy; General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Advisor (during military service) on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT 1), Helsinki and Vienna. He was also appointed by the President as Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST), Geneva.
He is a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C. He returned to the firm in January 1995 after serving the CIA. Mr. Woolsey's law practice has been in the fields of civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and corporate transactions; increasingly his practice has been international. He has served recently as counsel for major American and overseas corporations in both commercial arbitration and the negotiation of joint ventures and other agreements. He serves regularly as a neutral arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes between major companies.
Mr. Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1941. He is married to Suzanne Haley Woolsey, the Chief Operating Officer of the National Academy of Sciences, and they have three sons. Mr. Woolsey attended Tulsa public schools, and received his B.A. Degree in 1963 from Stanford University (With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar 1963-65, and an LL.B from Yale Law School in 1968, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
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