Former Ambassador, United States Mission to the OSCE
In his position he was deeply involved in the security, economic and political issues that are at the heart of the Euro-Atlantic, U.S.-EU, U.S.-Russia and U.S.-Eurasia relationships. Specifically, Ambassador Minikes was engaged with 54 other ambassadors representing the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok, addressing a wide range of security-related concerns, including human rights, democratization and economic and environmental issues, conflict prevention, post-conflict rehabilitation, confidence and security-building measures, counter-terrorism and arms control. Prior to his appointment by President Bush, Ambassador Minikes was for 17 years a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, where he was chairman of the firm's government affairs department and served as the managing partner of the Washington office and a member of the firm's management board. Prior to joining Thelen Reid, Ambassador Minikes established the Washington office of the Houston, Texas law firm of Butler & Binion in 1977, and served as that office's managing partner throughout his tenure with the firm. Ambassador Minikes' law practice consisted primarily of representing corporations, trade associations, cities, and other governmental entities in matters involving national defense, transportation, government procurement, infrastructure development, international trade and agriculture. He is a well-known member of the Washington political and legal communities and is recognized for his extensive knowledge of international affairs and diplomacy, administrative law, the Executive Branch and Congress.
1961 graduate of the Cornell University
1964 graduate of the Yale Law School
1972 joined the Department of Defense
1972-1974 served in the Pentagon as legal counsel to the Chief of Naval Operations, the late Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., and as a member of his senior advisory staff. During his tenure at the Pentagon, he had a period of service in the White House as counsel to Charles J. DiBona, Special Consultant to the President for Energy, to develop a national energy policy.
1974-1977 William J. Casey asked Ambassador Minikes to join him as senior vice president and a member of the management committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Ambassador Minikes worked on all aspects of export financing and served in those capacities.
2001-2005 United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)