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For more than 30 years, Tim Hester has led complex litigation including high-profile civil and criminal antitrust matters involving conspiracy claims and monopolization theories across a range of industries as well as antitrust suits raising claims of unlawful patent settlements, sham litigation, and wrongful patent acquisitions. He has an active antitrust counseling practice that focuses on patent litigation settlements and other matters at the intersection of antitrust and patent law.

Mr. Hester has also represented clients in merger reviews and investigatory matters before both the Justice Department and FTC and 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 was elected to the firm's Management Committee in 1998 and served as Chair of the Management Committee from 2008-2019. As Chair, he was responsible for the overall direction of Covington’s strategy and operations. During his tenure as Chair, the firm more than doubled in size, developed new offices and capabilities to meet evolving client needs, strengthened its corporate, litigation and investigations practices, and maintained market-leading regulatory practices and a deeply collaborative culture.

One of the hallmarks of Mr. Hester’s tenure as Chair included his dedication to building durable client relationships. He now serves as Chair Emeritus, a role focused on supporting the firm’s client relationships and international practice.

  • 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)