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Ted Hester, a senior partner in our Government Advocacy practice, specializes in representing companies being investigated by congressional committees and in counseling businesses on crisis management. Quoting Chambers USA, “‘a deliberate, careful and creative thinker,’ Ted Hester draws praise for his attention to detail and impressive grasp of the legal, business, political and public relations implications of situations.”

Ted has represented a wide variety of clients that have received inquiries from Congress, including a number of investigations that have required the preparation and defense of corporate executives testifying before Congressional committees. His clients have included leading pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, financial institutions, accounting and consulting firms, oil industry and telecommunications companies and automobile manufacturers. He gives advice and consultation to clients on working with Congress and government agencies. More broadly, he helps clients prepare for and manage corporate crises, including crisis communications.

Ted has been recognized by Chambers USA in each of the past several years as “one of the foremost congressional investigations experts in the market” and whom clients describe as “someone you can trust with just about anything — he’s one of the most forthright, honest people I’ve met.” One client observed: “He leaves no stone unturned when it comes to devoting time to our organization.” Chambers USA describes King & Spalding as “particularly prominent in the field of Congressional Investigations” and “always ‘spot on in its strategic advice.’” Ted also has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for 2007–2016.

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Credentials

J.D., Harvard University

A.B., University of Georgia, magna cum laude

District of Columbia

Georgia

American Bar Association

Board of Directors, Children's National Medical Center

Board of Directors, Ethics Resource Center

District of Columbia Bar

National Association of Bond Lawyers (President, 1989-1990)

State Bar of Georgia (Out-of-State Representative, Board of Governors, 1991-1997 and President, Younger Lawyers Section, 1978-1979)

Matters

Representation of Toyota in investigations and hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee relating to allegations of unintended acceleration and recalls of certain vehicles with Takata air bag inflators.

Provide advice and counsel with respect to congressional drug pricing investigations to leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and a preeminent industry consultant.

Provide advice and counsel to a global electronics manufacturer in connection with congressional interest in safety recalls of its product.

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Representation of Toyota in investigations and hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee relating to allegations of unintended acceleration and recalls of certain vehicles with Takata air bag inflators.

Provide advice and counsel with respect to congressional drug pricing investigations to leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and a preeminent industry consultant.

Provide advice and counsel to a global electronics manufacturer in connection with congressional interest in safety recalls of its product.

Represented numerous pharmaceutical and medical device companies before multiple House and Senate committees in connection with investigations relating to the interaction of these companies with the FDA in the drug and device approval process, the disclosure by those companies of clinical trial data, their release of product performance data, their marketing practices, including drug pricing issues, off label use, direct-to-consumer advertising, and sampling programs, and their relationships with physicians, professional organizations and academic institutions.

Represented one of the top U.S. professional leagues in a House Oversight Committee investigation of its tax exempt status.

Represented a leading oil producer in its interaction with Congress relating to its response to a major oil spill at a deep water drilling site.

Represented a global financial institution in connection with an investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, regarding international tax matters.

Represented leading telecommunications companies in connection with congressional inquiries regarding the diverse issues of foreign intelligence surveillance and customer service issues.

Represented the Georgia Department of Agriculture in a congressional investigation relating to the presence of salmonella in peanut butter.

Represented a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer in a House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee investigation relating to the safety of infant formula.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in a Senate Finance Committee investigation of a University’s handling of federal funds.

Represented a global consulting firm in connection with an Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation of executive compensation practices, and a House Financial Services Committee hearing on federal oversight of insurance.

Represented a health insurer in a Senate Commerce Committee investigation of out-of-network coverage.

Represented a major government contractor in connection with investigations of conflicts of interest at the National Institutes of Health by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Represented a healthcare products manufacturer in connection with an investigation of active pharmaceutical ingredients imported from China.

Represented a beverage manufacturer in an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee inquiry relating to chemical or microbiological contamination.

Represented a Medicare insurance company in connection with a request for information from the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Aging Committee regarding marketing practices in the Medicare Advantage program.

Represented a nationwide retail grocery chain in an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee investigation of meat packaging.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in investigations relating to the use of its products in V.A. hospitals by both the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

Represented a property casualty insurance company in connection with a House Financial Services Committee investigation about insurance coverage issues growing out of losses sustained from Hurricane Katrina.

Represented a major parcel carrier before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations relating to the shipment of counterfeit or unsafe pharmaceuticals ordered over the internet.

Represented Purdue Pharma in connection with five separate congressional hearings and a two-year investigation by the Government Accountability Office on the abuse and diversion of the company's pain medication, OxyContin®.

Represented Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in connection with congressional investigations into rollover accidents by both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Represented the Independent Review Committee of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in connection with investigations of the Foundation and the National Park Service by the Senate Finance Committee and the Department of the Interior Inspector General.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in a Senate Finance Committee investigation of Medicare reimbursement issues.

Represented the Georgia Amateur Athletic Foundation, the entity that organized Atlanta's bid for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in an investigation focused on the Olympic bid process.

Represented the nation's leading supplier of flu vaccine to healthcare providers in an investigation relating to the distribution of flu vaccine.

Matters

Representation of Toyota in investigations and hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee relating to allegations of unintended acceleration and recalls of certain vehicles with Takata air bag inflators.

Provide advice and counsel with respect to congressional drug pricing investigations to leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and a preeminent industry consultant.

Provide advice and counsel to a global electronics manufacturer in connection with congressional interest in safety recalls of its product.

See more
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Close

Matters

Representation of Toyota in investigations and hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee relating to allegations of unintended acceleration and recalls of certain vehicles with Takata air bag inflators.

Provide advice and counsel with respect to congressional drug pricing investigations to leading pharmaceutical manufacturers and a preeminent industry consultant.

Provide advice and counsel to a global electronics manufacturer in connection with congressional interest in safety recalls of its product.

Represented numerous pharmaceutical and medical device companies before multiple House and Senate committees in connection with investigations relating to the interaction of these companies with the FDA in the drug and device approval process, the disclosure by those companies of clinical trial data, their release of product performance data, their marketing practices, including drug pricing issues, off label use, direct-to-consumer advertising, and sampling programs, and their relationships with physicians, professional organizations and academic institutions.

Represented one of the top U.S. professional leagues in a House Oversight Committee investigation of its tax exempt status.

Represented a leading oil producer in its interaction with Congress relating to its response to a major oil spill at a deep water drilling site.

Represented a global financial institution in connection with an investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, regarding international tax matters.

Represented leading telecommunications companies in connection with congressional inquiries regarding the diverse issues of foreign intelligence surveillance and customer service issues.

Represented the Georgia Department of Agriculture in a congressional investigation relating to the presence of salmonella in peanut butter.

Represented a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer in a House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee investigation relating to the safety of infant formula.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in a Senate Finance Committee investigation of a University’s handling of federal funds.

Represented a global consulting firm in connection with an Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation of executive compensation practices, and a House Financial Services Committee hearing on federal oversight of insurance.

Represented a health insurer in a Senate Commerce Committee investigation of out-of-network coverage.

Represented a major government contractor in connection with investigations of conflicts of interest at the National Institutes of Health by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Represented a healthcare products manufacturer in connection with an investigation of active pharmaceutical ingredients imported from China.

Represented a beverage manufacturer in an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee inquiry relating to chemical or microbiological contamination.

Represented a Medicare insurance company in connection with a request for information from the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Aging Committee regarding marketing practices in the Medicare Advantage program.

Represented a nationwide retail grocery chain in an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee investigation of meat packaging.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in investigations relating to the use of its products in V.A. hospitals by both the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

Represented a property casualty insurance company in connection with a House Financial Services Committee investigation about insurance coverage issues growing out of losses sustained from Hurricane Katrina.

Represented a major parcel carrier before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations relating to the shipment of counterfeit or unsafe pharmaceuticals ordered over the internet.

Represented Purdue Pharma in connection with five separate congressional hearings and a two-year investigation by the Government Accountability Office on the abuse and diversion of the company's pain medication, OxyContin®.

Represented Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in connection with congressional investigations into rollover accidents by both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Represented the Independent Review Committee of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in connection with investigations of the Foundation and the National Park Service by the Senate Finance Committee and the Department of the Interior Inspector General.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in a Senate Finance Committee investigation of Medicare reimbursement issues.

Represented the Georgia Amateur Athletic Foundation, the entity that organized Atlanta's bid for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in an investigation focused on the Olympic bid process.

Represented the nation's leading supplier of flu vaccine to healthcare providers in an investigation relating to the distribution of flu vaccine.

Credentials

J.D., Harvard University

A.B., University of Georgia, magna cum laude

District of Columbia

Georgia

American Bar Association

Board of Directors, Children's National Medical Center

Board of Directors, Ethics Resource Center

District of Columbia Bar

National Association of Bond Lawyers (President, 1989-1990)

State Bar of Georgia (Out-of-State Representative, Board of Governors, 1991-1997 and President, Younger Lawyers Section, 1978-1979)