Palo Alto, Calif. -- Facebook, the Palo Alto-based social networking giant, has hired high-profile Washington lawyer Ted Ullyot as its vice president and general counsel, the Los Angeles Times reported. Ullyt, a former White House lawyer in the Bush administration who helped coordinate the response to the investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, will join Facebook next month. He also has served as the chief of staff to former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, as well as vice president and associate general counsel at AOL Time Warner. He currently serves as a partner at law firm Kirkland & Ellis. "He has an extraordinary combination of private legal practice and public sector experience," Elliot Schrage, Facebook's vice president of communications and public policy, told the Times. "So many of the legal issues we face touch on both of those arenas. He is equally comfortable helping us expand internationally as he is in helping us navigate complicated legal issues we may face in Washington."