Tim Hughes is senior vice president and general counsel for Space Exploration Technologies Corp, or Space X. He leads legal, regulatory, and global policy efforts. He joined the company in 2005 as its first in‐house counsel. He has helped take the company from true startup to one of the world’s most recognizable and innovative technology firms. His responsibilities span the company's broad corporate, contracting, export control, insurance, litigation, and launch licensing portfolios, as well as Space X's domestic and international policy agenda. Prior to joining Space X, Hughes served as majority counsel to the Committee on Science and Technology in the United States House of Representatives. He was the principal attorney responsible for drafting and shepherding the passage of groundbreaking commercial human spaceflight legislation, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (P.L. 108‐492), which helped to establish 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, Hughes previously was a senior associate with Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, as well as in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the United States Secret Service.