President Barack Obama has looked to his list of Big Law campaign bundlers to fill another diplomatic vacancy, choosing a former managing partner of Foley Hoag for ambassador to Norway.
Barry White led Foley Hoag from 1987 to 2000. He’s now a senior partner in the firm’s Boston office, focusing on transactions related to the tech business, according to his firm profile. He’s also a former chairman of Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms.
White (Harvard, Harvard Law) was an early supporter of Obama’s presidential campaign, according to finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. He personally gave the maximum $2,300 in March 2007, and he gave $2,300 again in July 2008, after the Democratic primary was over. In addition, he bundled between $100,000 and $200,000 for the Obama campaign.
A prolific contributor, White also gave last cycle to Democratic Senate candidates Mark Begich of Alaska, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Scott Kleeb of Nebraska, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Mark Warner of Virginia. (Begich, Kerry, Shaheen, and Warner won.)
Other prominent lawyers whom Obama has chosen for ambassadorships include Williams & Connolly’s Laurie Fulton for Denmark; Mayer Brown’s Mark Gitenstein for Romania; Williams & Connolly’s Howard Gutman for Belgium; David Jacobson, formerly of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, for Canada; and Pepperdine University law professor Douglas Kmiec for Malta.
Fulton, Gutman, and Jacobson were also campaign bundlers.