Lawyer and Strategic Advisor
Lester S. Hyman is a Washington, D.C. attorney with more than 65 years of experience in law, politics, business, the arts and international affairs.
After serving in the federal government as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and later as Senior Consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Hyman returned to his home state of Massachusetts where, as a protegé of John F. Kennedy, he was Chief Assistant to the Governor, Secretary of Commerce and Development, and Chairman of the Democratic Party of that State. He also has taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He then returned to Washington where he was a founder of the prominent law firm of Swidler Berlin representing major business clients both in the United States: (20th Century Fox, McGraw Hill) and overseas: France (Roussel Uclaf), Germany (Hoechst), Japan (Matsushita, Mazda), Korea (Hyundai), as well as representing a number of countries (Haiti, Liberia, Bermuda and the Virgin Islands).
Mr. Hyman has been very active in international peace resolution work in Africa where he has worked closely with former President Jimmy Carter and the International Negotiating Network. He was President Clinton’s representative at the signing of the Guatemala Peace Treaty as well as Clinton’s appointee to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Commission. He is the author of the 2004 book “U.S. Policy Towards Liberia” and the 2018 book “JFK…the Kennedys…and I”.
He currently serves on the Boards of the Truman Center for National Policy, the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), and the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI).
As a devotee of the arts, Mr. Hyman served on the District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council, and the Boards of the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. In education, he was a member of the Board of the University of the District of Columbia and for 30 years served on the Board of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the British Virgin Islands.