Ambassador Kevin F. O’Malley rejoins Greensfelder

March 17, 2017

Headshot of Ambassador Kevin F. O’MalleyGreensfelder is pleased to welcome Kevin F. O’Malley back to the firm. He most recently served as the United States Ambassador to Ireland.

O’Malley, previously a Greensfelder attorney from 2003 to 2014, spent more than two years as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland after being appointed to the role by President Obama, unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He returned to his hometown of St. Louis with the goal of continuing to work toward deepening the business and cultural ties between the U.S. and Ireland. On March 14, he was appointed as a non-executive director for the board of Greencore Group, a billion-dollar multinational food company that is headquartered in Ireland, publicly traded on the London exchange and just completed a major acquisition in the United States.

O’Malley was previously an officer in the litigation practice group at Greensfelder, where he led the medical negligence and white collar crime and regulatory compliance areas of practice. A former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, he earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and also has a degree in philosophy and political science from Saint Louis University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin back to St. Louis and to the firm,” Greensfelder Chief Executive Officer Tim Thornton said. “His experiences as ambassador give him valuable insights into the strong connections businesses in our region and across the country can continue to build with Ireland.” 

Among his accomplishments while ambassador, O’Malley:

  • Initiated the Creative Minds series, inviting prominent U.S. artists, writers, musicians and others to perform and share their experiences with Irish audiences. The goal was to encourage collaborations and creative economic links between young people in the U.S. and Ireland.  President Obama praised the initiative as one of O’Malley’s legacies, noting his accomplishments in “connecting the next generation of Irish and American leaders.”
  • Hosted trade delegations from St. Louis to connect businesses in Ireland with those here and received the World Trade Center St. Louis’ Global Ambassador Award.
  • Visited the Irish sites of U.S. companies all across Ireland, which is home to operations of about 700 U.S.-based companies.
  • Hosted an annual “social entrepreneurship hackathon” event for young innovators who competed to develop solutions to social problems such as refugee integration.
  • Promoted the J-1 program, which allows Irish college students to work and travel in the U.S. during summer breaks. 

O’Malley’s grandparents emigrated from County Mayo in Ireland to the United States a century ago. He feels strong connections to the Irish not only personally but in their broader cultural connections with Americans. He holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland.

“The ties between these two countries are strong and deeply rooted, and I will continue to do everything I can to enhance this enduring friendship,” O’Malley said. “There are rich opportunities in the business community here to connect with the creativity and innovation taking place in Ireland, and I look forward to continuing those efforts.”