Lester Hyman

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Lester Hyman

Lester S. Hyman is a legal practitioner, with clients including Fortune 500 corporations, foreign governments and companies around the globe. He was a founding partner and senior of counsel with the prominent Washington law firm Swidler Berlin, and now acts as a sole counselor.

Hyman lives in Washington, D.C., and has a home on the Caribbean island of Tortola, where he is a member of the Board of the British Virgin Islands H. Lavitty Stoutt Community College and the British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust. He acts as United States Legal Counsel for the BVI.[citation needed]


Hyman graduated Brown University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated Columbia University School of Law in 1955 with a Bachelor of Laws degree.


Clinton administration[edit]

For the Clinton Administration, Hyman vetted candidates for Vice President, Attorney General, Secretary of the Treasury, Director of the CIA, and the U.S. Supreme Court, including preparation for Senatorial confirmation hearings.

In 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission, which oversaw the construction of the FDR Memorial in Washington. President Clinton appointed Hyman to the Presidential Delegation representing the United States at the Peace Accord signing in Guatemala in 1996 that ended a 36-year civil war.


Hyman's book, United States Policy Towards Liberia, was published by the Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers in 2003.[1] It is based on his time as Legal Counsel to Liberia from 1997 to 1999 and talks about the humanitarian crisis.[citation needed]

Federal and State Government[edit]

In the federal government, Hyman served as an attorney with the Corporation Finance Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and later as senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.[2] On the state level, he was chief assistant to the governor, then secretary of commerce and development, and later chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

As a member of the International Observer Team in 1990 headed by former President Jimmy Carter, he monitored the first democratic election in the history of Haiti. Additionally, he has been involved in peace resolution efforts in Africa, as well as legal and governmental issues in Japan, France, Korea, Germany, England, Lebanon, Russia, and the Caribbean.[3]

Non-profit board[edit]

Hyman served on the Board of Trustees of the Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, California from 1996 to 1997.

From 2004 to 2007, he was a trustee of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and a member of the Board of the UDC Foundation.[4] While a member of the board of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) in 2004, he served as project director for an 18-nation IIPI conference on the creation of the Caribbean Court of Justice.[5]

He is a member of the Board and Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the not-for-profit Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS), and has taught a course in "Decision-Making in Politics" at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[6] He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy.

Present activities[edit]

Hyman serves as strategic advisor to Oxantium Ventures LLC, which manages a fund targeted at early-stage technology companies in emerging markets.[7]

He writes on U.S. and international issues, and his articles appear in such publications as The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. He has appeared on CNN, CNN International, and the Fox TV national cable network as a legal/political/international expert.


  1. ^ Hyman, L: United States Policy Towards Liberia 1822 to 2003, Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers, 2003
  2. ^ Lester S. Hyman (1967). A report and recommendations on the posture of the Department of Housing and Urban Development toward the States. Open Library. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  3. ^ "Island Sun Newspaper". Islandsun.com. 2003-08-15. Archived from the original on 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  4. ^ "Lester S. Hyman - Board of Trustees". Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2009.
  5. ^ "IIPI | About Us: Board". 2004-04-16. Archived from the original on 2004-04-16. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  6. ^ "Center for Advanced Defense Studies". C4ads.org. Archived from the original on 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  7. ^ "Home | Oxantium". archive.is. 2012-09-06. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2020-11-25.

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Preceded by Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
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