At the DOJ, he handled all levels of litigation, successfully defending the United States federal court system and winning total dismissal of a purported class action against the courts. He litigated numerous multi-million-dollar oil and gas decommissioning cases on behalf of the Department of the Interior, ensuring the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific were free of idle infrastructure. He also prevailed on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in preventing an attempted sale of artifacts from the R.M.S. Titanic.
Prior to his legal career, Ted graduated from the Air Force Academy and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, with deployments to Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. He was awarded both U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Commendation Medals for excellence in support of army combat operations in Iraq and air force operations in the United States.