U.S. Ambassador-designate to Mexico Christopher Landau. Photo: Infobae


Three and a half months after his nomination by President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed attorney Christopher Landau to serve as Washington’s ambassador to Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The position has been open since the departure of U.S. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, an appointee of former U.S. President Barack Obama, in May of last year.

Landau, who has no formal diplomatic experience but an impressive legal career, was officially nominated for the post in May, although he is believed to have been vetted as a potential nominee as far back as November of last year.

Landau, 55, is a partner at the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

He is a Harvard Law School graduate who clerked for two Supreme Court justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, and argued eight cased before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2017, he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.

Having lived in Paraguay, Chile and Venezuela, Landau is fluent in Spanish.

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