Timothy Hester

Timothy C. Hester


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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5324




  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1982
    • cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • Williams College, B.A., 1977
    • magna cum laude
    • with highest honors in Economics

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1982-1983

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

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Timothy Hester is a partner who concentrates in the field of antitrust litigation and antitrust counseling matters.  In recent years, he has handled a series of major antitrust litigation projects in the pharmaceutical industry, including the defense of antitrust suits raising claims of unlawful patent settlements, sham litigation and wrongful patent acquisitions.  These include the representation of AstraZeneca in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation, the representation of Purdue Pharma in In re OxyContin Antitrust Litigation, and the representation of GlaxoSmithKline in In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation.  Other antitrust litigation he has handled in recent years included representation of Samsung in a challenge to industry standards-setting, the defense of antitrust claims against Procter & Gamble challenging the settlement of patent litigation, and the defense of antitrust claims against the National Football League related to satellite television programming.  Beyond these matters, he has been involved in a series of civil and criminal antitrust matters involving conspiracy claims and monopolization theories across a range of industries and products over roughly 25 years.

Aside from his work in antitrust litigation, Mr. Hester has an active counseling practice that includes antitrust issues involving the settlement of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation and other matters at the intersection of antitrust and patent law.  He has been responsible for negotiating a number of settlements of Hatch-Waxman litigation.  He has also represented clients in merger reviews and investigatory matters before both the Justice Department and FTC, and was deeply involved in representing Exxon before the FTC in the Exxon-Mobil merger.  He has also handled litigation and merger matters before regulatory agencies, including the Surface Transportation Board, the Department of Transportation, and the Copyright Office.

Mr. Hester is the chair of the firm’s Management and Executive Committees.

Honors and Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law (2016) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation (2014)
  • LMG Life Sciences, "Life Science Star" (2013)

Pro Bono

  • Mr. Hester has been involved for over 20 years in pro bono death penalty litigation, including cases in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Virginia.

Publications and Speeches

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