Timothy A. Chorba

Timothy A. Chorba was elected President of the Council of American Ambassadors in May 2012. He served as the Ambassador to Singapore from 1994 to 1998.

Prior to his appointment Ambassador Chorba was a partner in the Patton Boggs law firm in Washington, DC, which he had joined in 1977, and he rejoined the firm upon his return to the United States. Ambassador Chorba is engaged in international corporate legal practice, including government relations, public policy issues, commercial transactions, trade issues, anti-counterfeiting, regulatory matters, litigation and financing. His clients are American and European multinational enterprises doing business in North America, Western Europe, South America and Asia.

From 1974 to 1977, he was a corporate attorney with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York. In 1973, he participated in a Congressional Staff exchange program with the German Bundestag in Bonn, sponsored by the Conference group on German Politics. He was Legislative Counsel to Congressman Jonathan Bingham of New York from 1972 to 1973. He was admitted to the bar in 1973 after obtaining his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972.

Ambassador Chorba graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1968 from Georgetown University with a B.A. degree in Government. In 1968-1969, he was a Fulbright Scholar in International Law and International Relations at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He served as an Armor officer and Judge Advocate General officer in the US Army Reserve from 1968 to 1986, attaining the rank of Major.

He was born September 23, 1946, in Yonkers, New York and raised in New York City. Ambassador Chorba is married to Ruth Wimer, a partner with the McDermott, Will and Emery law firm. They have three sons: Timothy, Jr. (26) a graduate of Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences, just returned from three years service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco; Christian (25), a graduate of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and a rising second year student at Boston College Law School, interning for the summer with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Vermont; and William (21), a rising senior in Georgetown's College of Arts and Sciences, recently returned from a junior year semester at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and spending the summer as a kayaking instructor in a Quebec wilderness camp.

Ambassador Chorba is fluent in German and conversant in French.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Singapore, (1994 - 1998)

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive - Crisis Management