August 14, 2009
President Barack Obama ’91 nominated Barry White ’67 to be the U.S. Ambassador to Norway on August 7.
“Barry brings commitment and dedication to this position and I am grateful that he will be joining our administration at this important time. I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead,” Obama said in a statement.
White has served for over 13 years as Chairman and Managing Partner (CEO) of Foley, Hoag, where he is a senior partner in the firm’s business, corporate, international and government strategies practice areas. He has practiced law at Foley, Hoag for 40 years.
White also served as Chair of Lex Mundi, the world’s largest international association of independent law firms, and co-founded the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, to provide pro bono legal advice to social entrepreneurs around the world. He also serves as Secretary, General Counsel, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and as a Director of the Massachusetts Alliance for International Business.
A commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Public Health Service, White served from 1967 to 1969 in the legislative liaison office in the Office of the Surgeon General at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In addition to his J.D. from HLS, he holds an A.B. from Harvard College.
HLS alumnus John Ong ’57 served as U.S. Ambassador to Norway under George W. Bush from 2001-2005.