Tim Hughes leads the legal, regulatory, and government affairs efforts at SpaceX. Joining in 2005 as the company’s first in-house counsel, Tim has defined SpaceX’s legal and government affairs functions from the ground up, helping to take the company from true start-up to one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative technology firms. Based in Washington, DC, where he leads a team of attorneys, engineers, and government affairs professionals, his responsibilities span the company's corporate, contracting, export control, insurance, litigation and launch licensing portfolios, as well as SpaceX's federal and state government affairs agendas.
Prior to joining SpaceX, Tim served as Majority Counsel to the Committee on Science and Technology in the United States House of Representatives. In this capacity, he provided counsel to the Science Committee, with a particular focus on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee and Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation. Tim was the principal attorney responsible for drafting and shepherding the passage of ground-breaking commercial human spaceflight legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-492), which established the legal and regulatory framework for commercial human spaceflight in the United States.
A graduate of William and Mary Law School and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Tim previously served as a senior associate with the Communications and Litigation groups of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, as well as in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. With a diverse manifest of more than 50 launches representing close to $5 billion in contracts, SpaceX is the world's fastest growing launch services provider. In 2012, SpaceX made history when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the International Space Station (ISS), exchange cargo payloads, and return safely to Earth. In 2014, NASA selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft to fly American astronauts to the ISS, starting in 2017. Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private company with more than 4,000 employees in California, Texas, Florida, Washington, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit SpaceX.com.