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Torridon Law PLLC
What We Do

Torridon Law PLLC advises and represents clients in connection with litigation; government enforcement, regulatory, and legislative matters; and commercial disputes. We draw on the exceptionally broad experience of our lawyers at senior levels of government, at top tier national law firms, and in the corporate world. Over our careers, we have led organizations through complex, high-stakes, and sensitive matters and crises of all kinds, including every facet of litigation; regulatory and legislative battles; major mergers and acquisitions; commercial and international disputes; government investigations and enforcement actions; monitorships; and public-relations controversies.

In the private sector, members of our team have served as general counsels of two Fortune 50 companies, as public-company board members, as partners in major law firms and a venture capital fund, and head of the Litigation Center for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Our government experience includes serving as Attorney General of the United States; Counsel to the President, Deputy Counsel to the President, and Associate Counsel to the President; senior officials at the U.S. Department of Justice; Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; senior attorneys in federal and state agencies; and judicial law clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as other federal appellate and trial courts. Our team members have extensive experience working with all agencies across the federal government, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, various state regulatory agencies and State Attorneys General offices.

We provide our services to major corporations, investment firms, law firms, industry groups, and other leading institutions advising and assisting them navigate and surmount the challenges they confront. We frequently work in tandem with other law firms, and we have an extensive network of accomplished experts to augment our team as needed.

The firm is committed to upholding the values, collegiality, and client-focused ethos that traditionally have distinguished the law as a profession.

Who We Are
The firm was founded by William Barr and Ted Ullyot, both of whom have had wide-ranging legal careers at senior levels of the federal government and corporate world. The firm is committed to upholding the values, collegiality, and client-focused ethos that traditionally have distinguished the law as a profession.
  • Mr. Barr served as attorney general of the United States under Presidents George H. W. Bush (1991-1993) and Donald Trump (2019-2020), as well as having previously served in the CIA, the Reagan White House, and in the Department of Justice as deputy attorney general and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. In the private sector, Mr. Barr served as general counsel to GTE Corp. and its successor company, Verizon Communications (1994-2008); a law firm partner; and a director at Dominion Energy Inc., Time Warner Inc., and other U.S. companies.

    Mr. Barr is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and New York.
  • Mr. Ullyot has had a distinguished legal career, during which he served as law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia; a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis; and as general counsel of a number of companies, including AOL Time Warner Europe, ESL Investments, Inc., and Facebook (2008-2013). After leaving Facebook a year after its successful IPO, he was a partner in the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), leading its policy and regulatory affairs team. In the government, he served as chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the Department of Justice, and as associate counsel and deputy assistant to President George W. Bush.

    Mr. Ullyot is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Virginia.
  • Mr. Cappuccio has had a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a senior business executive. He served for nearly two decades as general counsel and a senior executive at Time Warner, then one of the largest media companies in the world, and before that at America Online. In those capacities, he has overseen the in-house legal work for hundreds of billions of dollars of transactions, as well as the companies’ most important regulatory and legal matters. He also has significant experience as a senior executive in emerging private companies. He also has served on three public-company boards of directors, including Chipotle Mexican Grill and Rumble, Inc., where he served at various times as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Chair of the Compensation Committee, as well as an experience member of Audit and Finance Committees. In private practice, Mr. Cappuccio was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, specializing in appellate litigation and regulatory matters. In the government, he served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General under Attorney General Barr in the George H.W. Bush administration, and served as a law clerk twice at the Supreme Court of the United States, for Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Anthony Kennedy, and before that for Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Mr. Cipollone served as Counsel to the President for President Donald J. Trump. In private practice, he spent most of his career as a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis and more recently served as a name partner in two nationally recognized litigation boutiques. As White House Counsel, he also worked closely with Cabinet members and all Executive Branch agencies; interacted extensively with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; and successfully led the defense team in the third impeachment trial of a U.S. President. Cipollone has an established reputation as a tenacious advocate, an artful negotiator, a gifted counselor, and a creative problem solver.

    Mr. Cipollone is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Illinois.
  • Mr. Philbin has gained deep experience in a broad range of matters from litigating disputes for Fortune 100 companies, to responding to congressional investigations, to crisis management involving front-page legal issues in over thirty years of practice. Philbin served as Deputy Counsel to President Donald J. Trump, and served in numerous senior positions at the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, including as Associate Deputy Attorney General handling national security matters. In private practice, Mr. Philbin spent over fifteen years as a litigation partner at a major international law firm. Early in his career, Philbin served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas Associate of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the D.C. Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

    Mr. Philbin is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.