Theodore W. (“Ted”) Kassinger is a partner in the Washington office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, a U.S.-based firm of approximately 700 lawyers practicing in seven U.S. and eight foreign offices. Ted joined O’Melveny after serving from 2001 to 2005 in the U.S. Department of Commerce, first as the General Counsel and then as the Deputy Secretary. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Ted was engaged in private law practice for 16 years. Earlier in his career, Ted also served in government, including as a lawyer with the U.S. Department of State.
Calling on his 40 years of private practice and government experience, Ted provides regulatory, public affairs advocacy, and strategic counseling advice involving diverse issues of national security and international economic policy, including reviews of foreign investments for national security reasons, compliance with export control and economic sanctions regimes, industrial security rules administered by the Defense Security Service, trade policy, and international trade and investment agreements. Ted also regularly advises clients who are appointed to senior government positions regarding the requirements of government ethics rules.
Ted is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (which he formerly chaired). Ted regularly has been recognized by such publications as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Super Lawyers, Law360, Euromoney, and Washingtonian as a leading practitioner in the field of international trade, investment, and national security law.
A native of Georgia, Ted received his B.L.A. (1975) and J.D. (1978) degrees from the University of Georgia.