Ted Ullyot

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Ted Ullyot
Education Harvard College and University of Chicago Law School
Occupation VP and General Counsel, Facebook
Spouse(s) Jennifer A. Lahey (m. 1995)

Theodore W. Ullyot[1] is an American lawyer and former government official. He is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, leading the firm's policy and regulatory affairs group.[2]

Ullyot served as Facebook's General Counsel from September 2008, when he was hired as its General Counsel, until July 2013. [3]

Education and career[edit]

Ullyot graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1990. He studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris from 1990 through 1991. Ullyot attended the University of Chicago Law School, receiving a J.D. with honors in 1994.[4] After graduation, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig.[5]

Ullyot was a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., specializing in telecommunications and appellate law. In October 2000, Ullyot joined the legal department of America Online. After the merger of AOL and Time Warner, he worked for AOL Time Warner from January 2001 to January 2003. After starting in New York City as vice president and associate general counsel of AOL Time Warner, he was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for AOL Time Warner Europe in January 2002.[4][6]

From January 2003 to January 2005, Ullyot worked in the White House as associate counsel and as a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush. He then served as chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. In October 2005, he joined ESL Investments, Inc. as executive vice president and general counsel. Ullyot then returned to Kirkland & Ellis until being recruited to join Facebook in the fall of 2008. He served on the board of directors for AutoZone, Inc. from 2006 to 2011.[6]

In September 2008, Ullyot was hired as Facebook's general counsel. At the time, the site had more than 100 million members and was valued at $15 billion.[7] Ullyot was tasked with addressing the complicated privacy issues that Facebook faces due to its wealth of user data.[8] In the ensuing years, Ullyot advised Facebook through litigation involving the Winklevoss twins, a patent battle with Yahoo! Inc., and the controversy surrounding its May 2012 initial public offering.

Ullyot engineered Facebook's negotiations for a cy pres award on allegations that Facebook violated Federal privacy statues in 2007. In a cy pres award plaintiff counsels for the class action suit are paid before any funds for damages are distributed to the plaintiffs members of the class. With this structure Facebook limited cash liability significantly and members of the class will likely receive nothing.

In May 2013, Ullyot left his post after five years with Facebook. [9] Colin Stretch, who had served as Deputy General Counsel under Ullyot, replaced him.[10]

In April 2015, Ullyot joined the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz to build out the firm's network of policy experts.[11]