Our Alumni

Our network of stellar alumni is among our proudest achievements. The impressive positions that our alumni hold reflect both the quality of our firm’s legal training and our global reach. Many alumni choose to remain in close contact with us after they leave—with many even becoming our best clients.

Cleary alumni have gone on to join the legal departments of corporations and financial institutions, teach at universities, and even pursue fields completely outside of the law. We are gratified to count among our alumni former partners who have held distinguished roles in the U.S. and international government, academia, the corporate world and other positions, including:

  • Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • Special assistant to the President of the United States and senior director for African Affairs
  • National Security Council director for Russia
  • General counsel for the Department of the Army
  • Senior restructuring officer of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • President of the U.N. General Assembly
  • Deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Advocate general at the European Court of Justice
  • Co-CEO and co-chairman of IMAX, the winner of an Academy Award
  • General counsel of HBO and the president of HBO Programming
  • Belgium’s ambassador to the United States, a former economics minister of Belgium and a former vice prime minister of the Flemish Government
  • Member of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, representing the European Communities
  • General counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Chief counsel for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • General counsel of TPG Global LLC, Capital One, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Tom Ford Retail LLC, Marc Jacobs International LLC, GE Healthcare, Garmin Ltd., several large hedge funds and international corporations
  • Managing director of Belgian travel agency Continents Insolites
  • Assistant general counsel at The New York Times
  • 29 United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization officials
  • President of the New York City Economic Development Corp.
  • A Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  • Authors of books on the law, current events and academic subjects, as well as writers of trade nonfiction
  • 6 published fiction authors
  • More than 440 investment banking and finance executives
  • More than 50 hedge fund and private equity executives
  • 185 general counsel and senior officers at Fortune 500 companies
  • 200 law professors
  • 55 officials at intergovernmental organizations
  • 45 founders or current directors of not-for-profits