Hyatt, Joel Z. - from United States

ID: 267016
Organization: TBI-D
Country of meeting: in the year 2006-2007

Entrepreneur, lecturer, philanthropist, former attorney, and politician of the Democratic Party, most notably as a Party leader, fundraiser, and foreign policy advisor. He is the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, in which capacity he became a household name for many years, as he was featured in his firm's nationwide television commercials which always ended with the slogan, "I'm Joel Hyatt and you have my word on it." Hyatt also co-founded Current TV.

Hyatt co-founded Hyatt Legal Services in 1977 as a low-cost legal service, making legal services available to millions of hitherto disenfranchised middle- and lower-class Americans. He later founded Hyatt Legal Plans, which became the country's largest provider of employer-sponsored group legal services, pioneering the concept of Legal Services as a fringe benefit (provided in the same manner as, for example, dental insurance). Hyatt Legal Plans was acquired by MetLife in 1997.

Hyatt was a founding member of the U.S. Senate Democratic Leadership Circle and was a member of that group from 1981 to 1986. He was the Democratic National Committee's assistant treasurer from 1981 to 1983.

Hyatt Legal Services Founder (1977-)
Current TV CEO
Member of the Board of govWorks
Member of the Board of Hewlett-Packard (2007-)

Activities in the Orangization:
Donor $50,000–$99,999