Christopher McCleary serves as general counsel and chief ethics officer for the United States Olympic Committee, leading a team of legal professionals responsible for all USOC legal, contract, intellectual property, and dispute resolution matters. Mr. McCleary also serves as corporate secretary for the USOC board of directors. In his role as chief ethics officer, he works with the USOC Ethics Committee to advance USOC’s ethics and conflicts of interest policies and practices, and to resolve ethics questions as they arise.
Mr. McCleary oversees the USOC’s partnerships with the World Anti-doping Agency, U.S. Anti-doping Agency and Partnership for Clean Competition. He also serves as a member of the Association of National Olympic Committee’s Juridical Commission.
McCleary joined the USOC from Visa Inc., where he served eight years as the senior vice president and senior associate general counsel of global brand and client management, in which he led the company’s worldwide legal operations in marketing, sponsorships, intellectual property, and client licensing.
Previously, McCleary served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Visa International Service Association, focusing on the Visa Worldwide Services legal department. In a prior stint with the company, he also served as senior vice president for Visa U.S.A. Inc., where he led the legal department in all marketing and advertising matters.
In addition to his experience with Visa, McCleary served as general counsel for Move.com and practiced law with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, concentrating on intellectual property matters.
McCleary received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Michigan Law in 1991.
McCleary and his wife, Kristina Chung, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their children, Chase and Caroline.