Before beginning the O’Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC, Mr. O’Leary held the position of Senior Public Service Administrator with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. While at the Commission, he helped revolutionize the Illinois liquor industry by cracking down on illegal bootlegging, advocating for the expansion of allowable discounting practices and developing standards for contract brewing.
Mr. O’Leary played an important role in setting the direction and policy of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. He acted as the policy liaison for the governor’s office and drafted regulations and statutes.
Mr. O’Leary’s advice was sought by many individuals including political leaders of both parties, legislators, local government officials, industry members, and representatives from other state alcohol enforcement agencies.
Previous to his time in liquor, Mr. O’Leary worked in state and local tax at nationally reputable firms including Arthur Andersen and PwC, where he achieved over $50 million in tax savings for his clients.
Additionally, during his time at Walgreens, Mr. O’Leary brought Walgreens’ Illinois state tax incentives packages up from $0 to $75 million.
Mr. O’Leary attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where he did not play on the basketball team). He received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Mr. O’Leary lives in the Chicago suburbs with his beautiful wife Crystal and they are blessed to have an amazing baby boy named Brendan.