Facebook’s Top Attorney Ted Ullyot Leaves Company

Ted Ullyot, who has been Facebook’s general counsel since 2008, is leaving the company. Facebook confirmed Ullyot’s departure with AllFacebook. Ullyot defended Facebook during its legal battles with the Winklevoss twins, and has seen Facebook grow from 500 users to 1 billion.

Facebook spokesman Tucker Bounds confirmed Ullyot’s departure to AllFacebook:

Ted has been a valued member of Facebook’s leadership who built our legal team through an intense 5 year period in which we faced complex and high-stakes legal issues of all types. We wish him the best of luck in the future.

According to sources who talked to AllThingsD, Ullyot left Facebook, but doesn’t have anything lined up yet. Apparently, he is leaving Facebook to take some time off and refocus.

Ullyot has been a Facebook employee since 2008. Previously, he had worked as associate counsel and deputy assistant to former President George W. Bush.

In his time at Facebook, Ullyot defended the company against lawsuits from Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, as well as Yahoo. He also managed legal battles regarding Facebook’s initial public offering and sponsored stories.

Image courtesy of AllThingsD.

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