Ted Ullyot Joins Facebook As General Counsel; Former General Counsel Rudy Gadre Joins Evri.com

Posted Oct 1, 2008

[image: Ted Ullyot, credit: ValleyWag]

Facebook recently had a shift in their management.  The social networking company hired Ted Ullyot as their new General Counsell.  Ullyot was a former partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis.  Ullyot will be moving near the company’s headquarters from Washington D.C. next month.  Ullyot plans on building the Facebook legal team to more than the current 10 members.  Ullyot believes that some of the biggest issues to take on at Facebook includes I.P., international expansion, and contracts.

Ullyot joins Facebook with a controversial past.  Ullyot helped coordinate the investigation of the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity.  Plame was a CIA agent whose missions were supposed to be classified.  Ullyot also represented former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as his chief of staff.  Gonzales excused President George Bush from jury duty in a lawsuit involving drunk driving in Travis County around 1996.  The President himself was charged with drunk driving in 1976.  During Gonzales term in Texas as Governor Bush’s Counsel, the state oversaw more executed prisoners than any other state [Wikipedia].  Gonzales was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney General in 2005, but resigned due to several controversies around the U.S. Patriot Act in 2007.

Ullyot is the former SVP and General Counsel for AOL Time Warner Europe.  Ullyot also had a clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [Time Warner]. 

[image: Rudy Gadre, credit: Facebook]

Facebook’s former General Counsel Rudy Gadre was replaced by Ullyot at the social networking company.  In a press release sent to Pulse 2.0, it appears that Gadre has found a new calling as the VP of Business Ops. at Evri.  Gadre spent two years as Facebook’s General Counsel and helped the company deal with such issues as the lawsuit with ConnectU.  Gadre will oversee the legal and I.P., HR, and financial decisions at Evri. 

?Rudy brings a great deal of business insight and legal expertise from his experience at Facebook and Amazon,? stated Neil Roseman, CEO of Evri. ?I?m extremely pleased to have Rudy join the Evri team; he will be a real asset to the team as we endeavor to change the way consumers discover and engage with content on the Web.?

Gadre has also worked at Beacon Law Advisors, Amazon.com, and Perkins Coie, LLP.  Evri is backed with $8 million in Series A from Vulcan Capital.