John E. Osborn has had a multifaceted career as a lawyer, business executive, policy advocate and former diplomat. At the UW, he will focus on international law and public diplomacy, healthcare regulatory law and policy, and law and entrepreneurship. He also holds a courtesy appointment at the Jackson School of International Studies. John has been a visiting research fellow in politics at Princeton and in socio-legal studies at Oxford, a guest lecturer at the Universities of Michigan and Pennsylvania, a visiting scholar in East European Studies with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and an Eisenhower Fellow to Ireland. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
John has held senior executive positions with several prominent life sciences and healthcare companies, including Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Cephalon, Dendreon, McKesson Specialty Health/US Oncology, and a Merck joint venture company. He practiced corporate law in Boston with Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr), where he counseled technology-based companies. Following law school, he clerked for Senior Judge Albert V. Bryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
John has served as a member of the bipartisan United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and as a member of the board of governors of the East-West Center in Honolulu, an education and research organization focused on the Asia Pacific region. After working on the 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush, he served as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser with the U.S. Department of State. Early in his career, he worked on Capitol Hill in the offices of former Congressman Jim Leach and the late Senator John Heinz, and was a policy analyst with the Congressional Budget Office.