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also known as Theodore Chaikin Sorensen

Federal official , Lawyer

Ted Sorensen, American lawyer, former federal official. Bar: Nebraska 1951, New York 1966, United States Supreme Court 1966, District of Columbia 1971. Named one of Ten Outstanding Young Men of Year, Junior Chamber of C., 1961; fellow Institute Politics, Harvard University Kennedy School Government, 2002.


Sorensen, Ted was born on May 8, 1928 in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. Son of Christian Abraham and Annis (Chaikin) Sorensen.


Bachelor of Science in Law, University Nebraska, 1949. Bachelor of Laws, University Nebraska, 1951. Doctor of Laws, University Nebraska, 1969.

Doctor of Laws, University Canterbury, 1966. Doctor of Laws, Alfred University, 1969. Doctor of Laws, Temple University, 1969.

Doctor of Laws, Fairfield University, 1969. Doctor of Laws, University Wisconsin, Stout, 1998.


Attorney Federal Security Agency, 1951-1952. Assistant to Senator John F. Kennedy United States Senate, 1953-1961. Secretary New England Senators' Conference, 1953-1959.

Special counsel to President John F. Kennedy The White House, 1961-1964. Senior counsel Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York City, 1966—2002, of counsel, 2002—2010. Member President's Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations, 1978.

Chairman Governor's Panel on New York State Export Credit Agency, 1982.


  • Bar: Nebraska 1951, New York 1966, United States Supreme Court 1966, District of Columbia 1971.


Democratic candidate for United States Senate, 1970. Chairman Democratic National Committee task force on political action, 1981-1982, member task force on foreign policy, 1986. National co-chair Gary Hart's Presidential Campaign, 1984.

Member International Trade Roundtable, 1985. Chairman, 1994-1999, director Twentieth Century Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, 1993-2004, Central Asian-American Enterprise Fund, 1995-1999, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, 1993-1999. Trustee New York Academy Medicine, 1991-1997.

Advisor Russian-American Press and Information Center, pres's Commission on White House Fellows. Chairman advisory board Brandeis International Center Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Member advisory board Partnership a Secure America.

Honorary co-chair American Bar Association Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession. Member Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Camilla Palmer, 1949 (divorced). Children: Eric Kristen, Stephen Edgar, Philip Jon. Married Sara Elbery, 1964 (divorced).

Married Gillian Martin, June 28, 1969. 1 child, Juliet Suzanne.

Christian Abraham Sorensen

Annis (Chaikin) Sorensen

Camilla Palmer

Sara Elbery

Gillian Martin

Eric Kristen Sorensen

Stephen Edgar Sorensen

Philip Jon Sorensen

Juliet Suzanne Sorensen