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As Chair of the Management Committee, Timothy Hester is responsible for the overall direction of Covington’s strategy and operations. He has served as Chair since 2008 and as a member of the Management Committee since 1998. During his time as Chair, the firm has more than doubled in size and has expanded from five to thirteen offices.

In addition to his leadership and management roles, Mr. Hester has continued an active antitrust counseling practice that focuses on patent litigation settlements and other matters at the intersection of antitrust and patent law. Beyond his counseling practice, over the last decade he has been involved in a series of antitrust suits raising claims of unlawful patent settlements, sham litigation, and wrongful patent acquisitions.

  • AstraZeneca in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation.
  • Purdue Pharma in In re OxyContin Antitrust Litigation.
  • GlaxoSmithKline in In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation.
  • Samsung in a challenge to industry standards-setting.
  • Defense of antitrust claims against Procter & Gamble challenging the settlement of patent litigation.
  • Defense of antitrust claims against the National Football League related to satellite television programming.
  • Represented Exxon before the FTC in the Exxon-Mobil merger.

Pro Bono

  • Mr. Hester has been involved for over 30 years in pro bono death penalty litigation, including cases in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Virginia.
  • Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law (2016-2019) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation (2013-2018)
  • LMG Life Sciences, "Life Science Star" (2013-2018)
  • Legal 500 US, Healthcare - Life Sciences (2016)