Before he joined Booz Allen as a partner in July 2002, James Woolsey was an attorney with Shea & Gardner in Washington D.C., specializing in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation). He practiced at the firm for 22 years on four different occasions and served four times in the federal government for a total of 12 years, holding presidential appointments in two Democratic and two Republican administrations.
Woolsey served as director of Central Intelligence (1993 to 1995), ambassador and chief negotiator for the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty in Vienna (1989 to 1991), delegate at large (on a part-time basis) to the Strategic Arms Reductions Talks and the Defense and Space Talks in Geneva (1983 to 1986), under secretary of the Navy (1977 to 1979), and general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (1970 to 1973).
Woolsey also has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. From time to time he speaks publicly and contributes articles to newspapers and other periodicals on such issues as foreign affairs, national security, intelligence, and energy.