Facebook general counsel exiting company

Ted Ullyot will depart his post as the social network's head lawyer. Ullyot was the company's first general counsel and one of its first "grown-ups."

Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot pictured right at a January 2012 press event where Facebook announced suits against alleged "likejacking" scammers. Jay Greene/CNET

Facebook Vice President and General Counsel Ted Ullyot is leaving the social network after nearly five years on the job.

"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," Facebook spokesperson Tucker Bounds said in a statement to CNET.

Ullyot, a Harvard graduate, joined Facebook as the company's first general counsel in October 2008 and was one of the then young company's first "grown-ups."

The executive leads Facebook's legal team and has served as the company's first line of defense against an expanding onslaught of litigious parties, including the one-time patent-crazed Yahoo, the disgruntled Winklevoss brothers, and more recently shareholders irate over how Facebook handled its initial public offering.

Before Facebook, Ullyot was a partner at Washington D.C. law firm Kirkland & Ellis. He also served as general counsel for AOL Time Warner Europe and worked in the White House as a deputy assistant to former President George W. Bush.

Update, 2:45 p.m. PT:With comment from Facebook.

[via AllThingsD]

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