Nov 2, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Bill Barr and early Facebook exec Ted Ullyot planning law firm

Bill Barr in 2020, Ted Ulloyt in 2016.

Bill Barr in 2020, Ted Ulloyt in 2016. Photos: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Former Attorney General Bill Barr and Ted Ullyot — an early Facebook executive, and veteran of other top government and corporate posts — tell Axios they plan to launch a new boutique law and consulting firm at the end of the year.

Driving the news: The firm will offer strategic advice to help clients navigate legal, regulatory, policy, commercial and public affairs issues.

  • Barr says they'll be joined by others who "have the same level of experience leading organizations through complex, high-stakes, and sensitive matters of all varieties."

Barr served twice as attorney general — under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump — and was general counsel of GTE Corp. and Verizon Communications; a partner, and later of counsel, at major law firms; and a director of several U.S. companies.

  • He served in the CIA, the Reagan White House and other senior Justice Department positions.

Ullyot held senior posts in the Bush 43 White House and Justice Department, was a partner at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm, and served as general counsel for AOL Time Warner, Europe;  ESL Investments, a hedge fund; and Facebook at IPO (2008-2013).

  • More recently, he ran the policy and regulatory operation at venture firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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