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Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2012

Speaker(s): Alexander D. Hoehn-Saric, Alison Greenwald Neplokh, Austin Schlick, Barbara S. Esbin, Ben Golant, Brent Olson, Brian A. Rankin, Cristina Chou, Daniel Brenner, David S. Turetsky, Diane Burstein, Erica Newland, Gigi B. Sohn, Hank Hultquist, Howard J. Symons, James L. Casserly, Jose M. Jimenez, Judson Cary, Karen Peltz Strauss, Keith R. Murphy, Mark D. Richert, Maureen A. O'Connell, Michael H. Pryor, Michele C. Farquhar, Michelle M. Carey, Paul Glist, Rick Chessen, Rick Kaplan, Tara M. Corvo
Recorded on: Jan. 30, 2012
PLI Program #: 34733

Keith R. Murphy is Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Regulatory Counsel for Viacom Inc., a worldwide entertainment content company. At Viacom, Mr. Murphy is responsible for public policy matters before the U.S. Congress, the White House, federal agencies and foreign governments. In addition, Mr. Murphy is responsible for developing strategic relationships with business and trade associations and non-governmental organizations around the world. He reports to the Executive Vice President, Global Government Relations of Viacom and is based in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Murphy joined Viacom in 2006 after serving as Counsel on Communications and Technology to U.S. Senator Gordon Smith. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Murphy practiced law with the law firms Perkins Coie LLP and Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP in Washington, D.C. Mr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business from The Pennsylvania State University (1996) and a law degree from The George Washington University Law School (2000).

Michael Pryor is a Member of the firm and practices in the Communications practice group, where he focuses on communications law, policy, and regulation.

Michael has served as Deputy Chief of the Policy and Program Planning Division in the Common Carrier Bureau of adjudications, including guiding staff in developing legal and policy positions, and reviewing and editing Commission notices and orders. Michael managed major proceedings, including the review of telecommunications mergers, the development of rules concerning the deployment of advanced telecommunications services, and the review of BOC applications to provide in-region long-distance service pursuant to Section 271.

Michael represents companies in rulemakings and litigation before the FCC, state commissions, and the courts, involving issues such as access to incumbent carrier facilities, intercarrier compensation, roaming and regulation of VoIP and IP-based services. He also has extensive experience in negotiating commercial  telecommunication agreements and statutory interconnection agreements. Before joining Dow Lohnes, Michael was a partner in the communications practice of Mintz Levin.

Michael is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and California. He received his B.S. from Western Washington University (1978) and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center (1988), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an editor for the Georgetown Law Journal. After graduating from law school, he served as law clerk to Judge Harold H. Greene of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Bar Admissions – District of Columbia; California

B.S., Western Washington University, 1978
J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1988

Daniel Brenner is a partner in the communications, media and entertainment group in the Washington office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, a 2500-lawyer firm with over 40 offices worldwide.  He concentrates on matters involving cable operators, programmers, and suppliers with a particular focus on policy, intellectual property, and regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Copyright Office, and Congress.

Prior to joining Hogan, Daniel headed the regulatory and legal affairs of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the cable industry's principal trade association, for more than 16 years. In this position, he advocated on behalf of the industry before federal agencies, courts, legislative hearings, and public policy councils. He was awarded the NCTA's President's award in 2008 for his distinguished service to the industry.

Previously, Daniel served as Director of the Communications Law Program and member of the faculty at UCLA School of Law. He also served as counsel to a major law firm in Los Angeles. Daniel was Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Mark Fowler of the Federal Communications Commission from 1981 to 1986. He was also Vice-Chair of the U.S. Delegation to the ITU World Radio Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Daniel has served as a consultant on telecommunications issues for the RAND Corporation and the International Media Fund, and as a Senior Fellow at The Annenberg Washington Program.

Daniel served on the board of advisors of Falcon Cable Systems, on the board of directors of Tekelec, a publicly-traded telecommunications equipment company, and was a member of the board of trustees for Stanford University from 1982-1987 and Cable Positive, from 1995-2009.  From 1986 to 1991, Daniel was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to be a member, and served as Vice-Chairman, of the board of directors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Daniel is co-author of a leading cable treatise on cable television law. His writings on cable policy have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School,  Brenner currently serves on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown Law School.

Mark Richert serves as the Director of Public Policy for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the leading national nonprofit to which Helen Keller devoted more than four decades of her extraordinary life. AFB's mission is to expand possibilities for people with vision loss of all ages. Mark is AFB's primary representative before the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch agencies, and he is responsible for the development and implementation of AFB's public policy and policy research agendas. Prior to joining AFB, Mark was the Executive Director of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the membership organization representing professionals serving children, working-age adults, and seniors with vision loss. Mark is a co-founder of the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) and a co-chair of the Civil Rights and Telecommunications and Technology Task Forces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).

Over the course of his career, Mark has shaped the vision loss community's work in a host of areas. He crafted provisions of copyright law establishing the right to reproduce copyrighted works in specialized formats such as Braille. He spearheaded provisions of the Help America Vote Act ensuring the availability of at least one accessible voting machine in each polling place in America. His advocacy on behalf of children with vision loss led to sweeping improvements in America's special education law guaranteeing each child who is blind or visually impaired the right to timely and effective access to textbooks and related instructional materials. Most recently, Mark and his COAT colleagues achieved enactment of the historic Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, the most comprehensive disability policy signed into law since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mark is a graduate of the George Washington University National Law Center and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Alexander Hoehn-Saric is Chief Counsel for the Communications and Technology Subcommittee with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce Democratic staff.  In this role, he is the chief legal advisor to Ranking Member Frank Pallone on matters under the jurisdiction of the subcommittee.  Before that, Mr. Hoehn-Saric was Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, for Charter Communications leading Charter’s policy and external affairs teams.  He also served as Policy Director for FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel advising her on media and technology issues.  Mr. Hoehn-Saric previously worked at the Department of Commerce as the Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives focusing on Internet and privacy matters.  He also worked for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee as Senior Counsel for Chairmen Rockefeller and Inouye.  While at the Commerce Committee, Mr. Hoehn-Saric worked on the subcommittees responsible for oversight of the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.  He also worked for Senator Boxer as her policy counsel.  Mr. Hoehn-Saric received an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a juris doctor degree from UCLA Law School.

Cristina Chou joined Time Warner Cable as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, in September 2008.  In this role, she represents the company before the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory agencies in matters affecting TWC's video business.

Before joining TWC, Ms. Chou was an attorney at the FCC, serving as Legal Advisor, Media, for Commissioner Robert McDowell and as an Associate Bureau Chief of the Media Bureau.  Prior to working at the FCC, Ms. Chou represented media and communications clients in regulatory matters at Morrison & Foerster, served as an advisor for the Assistant Secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and negotiated transactions as senior counsel at Teleglobe Communications Corp. 

Ms. Chou is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

She is a graduate of Duke University and received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Diane B. Burstein is a Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. Ms. Burstein has been actively involved in regulatory issues relating to the accessibility of cable industry products and services. She currently serves as NCTA’s representative to the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee. She also participated on the FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee on the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

Prior to joining NCTA, Ms. Burstein was associated with the Washington, D.C. office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, where she specialized in communications law. Ms. Burstein received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate.  She is host of the “Tech on the Rocks” podcast.  Gigi sits on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Locast, and on the Advisory Board of the Open Markets Institute.

Gigi is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For thirty years, Gigi has worked across the country to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy.

From 2013 to 2016, Gigi was Counselor to the former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler. She advised the Chairman on a wide range of Internet, telecommunications and media issues, representing the Chairman and the FCC in a variety of public forums around the country as well as serving as the primary liaison between the Chairman’s office and outside stakeholders. Singled out by Chairman Wheeler as “the conscience of the Chairman’s office” for her tireless advocacy on behalf of American consumers and competition, Gigi was named by the Daily Dot in 2015 as one of the “Heroes Who Saved the Internet” in recognition of her role in the FCC’s adoption of the strongest-ever Network Neutrality rules.

From 2001-2013, Gigi served as the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge, a leading communications and intellectual property policy advocacy organization serving the interests of consumers in Washington. She was previously a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and Executive Director of the Media Access Project, the first public interest law firm in the communications space.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed Gigi to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. The Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Gigi one of its Internet Pioneer Awards in 2006 and in 2011, the Nonprofit Times named Gigi one of its Power & Influence Top 50 non-profit executives. In 2014, Gigi was honored with the Broadband Hero Award by OneCommunity, and in 2016, the National Champion for Local Internet Choice” by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice. In 2018, the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ gave Gigi the Everett C. Parker Award, which is given in recognition of an individual whose work embodies the principles and values of the public interest in telecommunications and the media. In 2019, the National Journal named Gigi to its list of “50 people changing the game in Washington.” 

Howard J. Symons is a partner in the Communications, Internet & Technology Practice.  He has nearly 40 years of experience in telecommunications law and policy, including senior positions in government and the private sector. Before joining the firm in 2017, he served in two high-profile roles at the Federal Communications Commission: as general counsel from 2016 to 2017 and as vice-chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force from 2014 to 2016.  He was appointed to both posts by Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Highly regarded throughout the industry, Mr. Symons has represented companies in the cable, wireless and telecommunications industries as well as their trade associations before the FCC, Congress and State legislatures, and the courts.  Mr. Symons advised these companies on a wide range of matters, including video, broadband and telephony.

As general counsel of the FCC, Mr. Symons oversaw more than 60 lawyers that provide legal support for the Commission’s policy and rulemaking activities and recommend decisions in adjudicatory matters.  He also served as one of Chairman Wheeler’s four senior advisors.  As vice chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, he was one of the primary architects of the first incentive auction: a two-sided auction in which broadcasters bid to give up their spectrum and wireless providers bid to buy it.

From 1985 to 2014, Mr. Symons was a partner at another AmLaw 100 firm, chairing that firm’s communications practice and serving as a member of the Policy (Executive) Committee.  From 1981 to 1985, he served as senior counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the US House of Representatives; in that role, he was responsible for developing legislation on matters ranging from domestic telephone policy to cable franchising and international telecommunications. 

Mr. Symons also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s National Law Center, where he taught courses in telecommunications law and regulation for 10 years. He has authored several articles on the telecommunications policy process, testified before Congress and state legislatures, and spoken at numerous industry conferences and continuing legal education seminars on topics relating to regulatory trends, the FCC and more.

James L. Casserly is a partner in the Communications, Media & Privacy Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Casserly specializes in communications policy and transactional matters, with particular emphasis on the cable industry, including high-speed cable Internet service, digital television, competition policies, and ownership issues.

Prior to joining Willkie, Mr. Casserly was a partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., and at Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey.  From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Casserly served as Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Susan Ness.  As top advisor to the senior Commissioner, he was active in deliberations concerning the full scope of matters arising before the FCC, ranging from competitive safeguards and intercarrier compensation to spectrum auctions and children’s television programming.  He was also integrally involved in all aspects of the agency’s implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, with particular attention to local telephone competition, universal service, and federal-state jurisdictional relationships.  His duties at the FCC included strategic planning, congressional and executive branch liaison, legal and political analysis, negotiations, speechwriting, and media relations.

Earlier, Mr. Casserly clerked at what is now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

He is a graduate of Tufts College, A.B. 1973, magna cum laude and Columbia Law School, J.D. 1976, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Teaching Fellow in Civil Procedure.

Karen Peltz Strauss is the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, where she helps to oversee the FCC’s implementation of federal laws requiring access to communication and video programming technologies by people with disabilities, including the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).  Over the past five years, Strauss helped lead efforts at the Commission to achieve the timely completion of rules implementing the CVAA, including rules on advanced communications services, closed captioning, video description and video programming device interfaces.  Prior to joining the FCC, Strauss spent over 30 years as one of the nation’s premier attorneys on disability-related matters, during which she drafted several laws on access to telecommunications, television, and more recently the Internet.    

From 2001-2010, Strauss also consulted for non-profit, governmental and private organizations on communications-related matters.  Earlier in her career, Strauss was legal counsel for Gallaudet University’s National Center for Law and Deafness and the National Association of the Deaf.  In 2006, Strauss published A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans, a book covering the forty year struggle of Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing to obtain basic access to telecommunications.  In 2011, Strauss received an honorary doctorate degree from Gallaudet University for her work on communications accessibility.  Strauss also holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Maureen O’Connell is currently Vice President of Government Affairs for Charter Communications, representing the company before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other government agencies.  Ms. O’Connell focuses on media policy issues such as retransmission consent, a wide array of cable franchising issues, and accessibility. 

Prior to Charter, Ms. O’Connell was President of O’Connell Strategies, where she advised media clients on business and public policy issues ranging from major media deals to international and domestic regulatory matters.

Ms. O’Connell was with the Government Relations office of 21st Century Fox for almost 18 years, including as Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Public Policy.   Her responsibilities included representing the company before the FCC, other government agencies, and Congress, on media policy issues ranging from retransmission consent, over-the-top video, media ownership, and broadcast TV regulations.  Ms. O’Connell played an integral role in FCC v. FOX, the Supreme Court case on indecency decided in 2012.

Prior to 21st Century Fox, Ms. O’Connell served as Media Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner James Quello, and as a Supervisory Attorney in the FCC’s Media Bureau. Prior to the FCC, Ms. O’Connell was an associate at Keller & Heckman and at Leventhal, Senter & Lerman.

Ms. O’Connell is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and earned both her Bachelor’s degree and her J.D. from the University of Iowa.

Mr. Jimenez is the Executive Director of External Regulatory Affairs for Cox Communications, Inc.; he assumed this role in 2013. In this capacity, he oversees Cox’s interaction with government agencies and industry and standards bodies whose activities can affect regulatory and public policy related to video, broadband, voice, and WiFi services. Mr. Jimenez represents Cox on the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions’ Technology and Operations Council, the Communications Sector Coordinating Council, and the Network to Network Interconnection Task Force. He manages Cox’s involvement in other advisory committees of the Federal Communications Commission, and policy-related activities of ATIS, CableLabs, and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.

Mr. Jimenez engages technology, product, legal, and operational teams at Cox as well as the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to identify technological or policy developments and trends. He then determines their possible impact on Cox and public policy; and assesses and orchestrates Cox’s approach to advance the company’s strategic policy and regulatory goals.

Mr. Jimenez is an expert on various aspects of public policy, including universal telephone service, voice and broadband interconnection, video programming, telephone numbering and portability, pole attachments, wireless spectrum, and cyber-security. He reviews and provides substantive input on Cox and cable-industry filings before regulatory bodies. Mr. Jimenez has also spoken before the Federal Communications Commission, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the Practising Law Institute.

Mr. Jimenez joined Cox in 1999 after stints at the California Public Utilities Commission and Pacific Bell. Mr. Jimenez obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the NAMIC’s Executive Leadership Development Program (NAMIC ELDP) taught in conjunction with the University of California-Los Angeles’ Anderson School of Management.

Paul Glist is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, where he concentrates in cable, communications, media, privacy and security, and information technology. Since 1978 he has worked with major cable companies and cable associations on legal, regulatory and strategic issues that have emerged as the industry has developed. Paul has been involved in many groundbreaking efforts in telecommunications and cable law and has helped develop the legislation, regulation and case law shaping these industries. 

In 2015, he served on the FCC’s Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC) and in 2016 represented NCTA in the FCC’s Rulemaking on Navigation Devices.

Since 1984, he has served as a faculty member for the Practising Law Institute’s annual course on cable television and communications law.  He is also a frequent speaker, lecturer, and panelist for other university, law school and communications industry programs.  

He is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. 1975, with honors) and Stanford Law School (J.D. 1978).

Rick Chessen is Senior Vice President, Law & Regulatory, and Chief Legal Officer for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). In that role, he manages the NCTA Legal Department and the Association’s relationship with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Chessen joined NCTA in 2009.  He is a veteran regulatory attorney and previously had served with distinction in several roles at the FCC.  He joined the Commission in 1994 as a senior attorney in the Cable Services Bureau.  He rose to become Acting Chief of Staff of the Commission in early 2009 during the acting chairmanship of Commissioner Michael Copps.  Following the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as FCC Chairman, Chessen remained on the staff of Commissioner Copps as Senior Legal Advisor.

During his time at the Commission, Chessen also served as Senior Legal Advisor to former Commissioner Gloria Tristani; Associate Bureau Chief for the Mass Media Bureau; Chair of the Digital Television Task Force; and Associate Bureau Chief for the Media Bureau. 

Chessen also has worked in private enterprise and practiced law at several law firms.  He served as Vice President – Policy at RespondTV; Partner in Sheppard Mullin Hampton & Richter, LLP; Associate at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal; and Associate at Isham, Lincoln & Beale.

Chessen holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.  

Rick Kaplan is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the NAB. Mr. Kaplan joined NAB in October 2012 as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning, and was named General Counsel in November 2014. In his current role, Mr. Kaplan is responsible for directing NAB’s advocacy at the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies. Mr. Kaplan also manages all of NAB’s legal affairs, including litigation and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining NAB, Mr. Kaplan served in a number of leadership capacities at the FCC. During his three-plus years at the FCC, Mr. Kaplan was the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Chief Counsel to Chairman Genachowski, and Chief of Staff and Media Advisor to Commissioner Clyburn.  Mr. Kaplan also played a leading role at the FCC in reviewing nearly every major transaction brought before the agency during Chairman Genachowski’s tenure.  These included Comcast/NBCU, AT&T/T-Mobile, AT&T/Qualcomm, DISH/DBSD & TerreStar, and Verizon Wireless/SpectrumCo & Cox. As Chief Counsel, Mr. Kaplan managed the FCC’s overall policy agenda, and was responsible for policy coordination among each of the Bureaus and Offices. During that time, Mr. Kaplan worked with Congress on the passage of its groundbreaking incentive auction legislation, negotiated a resolution to the nearly decade-old TV white spaces proceeding, brought to decision rules requiring wireless carriers to offer data roaming on commercially reasonable terms, and helped navigate an evolution in the retransmission consent marketplace, ensuring that the government did not unnecessarily interfere with private market negotiations.

Before joining the FCC, Mr. Kaplan practiced appellate litigation and regulatory law at Sidley Austin LLP, and served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives.  At the U.S. House, Mr. Kaplan helped orchestrate the Judiciary Committee’s successful and historic litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to obtain documents and testimony from White House officials in the face of claims of executive privilege.  Mr. Kaplan began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Prior to his legal career, Mr. Kaplan founded and operated a sports management and public relations agency that represented and served professional athletes and sports-related organizations.  Kaplan earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review, and undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Alison Neplokh is Vice President, Innovation and Strategy at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), where she works with both the technology department and the legal and regulatory affairs department to advance innovation in the broadcast industry and helps drive technology partnerships through NAB’s PILOT initiative.

Alison returned to NAB in September 2019, after working as a public policy manager at Facebook, focusing on global video policy issues. Immediately before that, she worked at NAB in the legal and regulatory affairs department concentrating on spectrum issues and helped to get regulatory approval for broadcasters to begin using the next generation television standard.

Before that, Alison worked at the Federal Communications Commission in a variety of rules, including as the agency’s Deputy Chief Technologist as well as Chief Engineer of the Media Bureau.  In those roles, she advised the Commissioners and each of the Commission’s Bureaus on technical matters spanning a variety of issues, including broadband, video, and spectrum issues.  She played a leadership role in developing policy related to cable set-top boxes, online video distribution, video accessibility standards, next generation broadcast standards, and preparing for the FCC’s upcoming incentive auction.

Her work across these areas led to being named Technology Woman to Watch in 2013 by TVNewsCheck Magazine, as well as twice receiving the FCC’s Excellence in Engineering award.

Ms. Neplokh earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

As Vice President of Federal Regulatory, Hank Hultquist represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission on a number of issues, including spectrum and wireless policy, Internet and broadband policy, interconnection, and intercarrier compensation. Hank joined AT&T in 2004.

Prior to joining AT&T, Hank was with MCI for eight years. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Exchange Carrier Association. Hank is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.

Tara is Chair of the Communications Section and a member of the firm's Policy Committee. In her over 20 years in private practice, she has developed extensive experience in cable and broadband regulation. Her practice includes counseling and representation in connection with federal and state governmental matters, as well as communications-related transactions and litigation. She counsels communications industry clients on matters such as network access, net neutrality, OVD competition issues, and compliance with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and the related FCC rules for accessibility of advanced communications services and equipment. She assists clients with transfer of control issues in the purchase and sale of systems, and advises them in retransmission consent and program carriage disputes before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. Her clients include Cablevision Systems Corporation, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Discovery Communications, AMC Networks, MSG Networks, and others.

Tara received her B.A. in Government and Modern European Studies from Cornell University (1990). She earned her J.D., with high honors, from Duke University School of Law (1993). She serves as the Washington office’s coordinator for community service activities, as well as the firm's Co-chair for Professional Development.


Speaking Engagements



  • Duke University (JD, with high honors, 1993)
  • Cornell University (BA, Government and Modern European Studies, 1990)


  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

With more than 30 year in business, government and the legal industry, David Turetsky focuses his practice on public law and policy matters with an emphasis on cyber law and policy; privacy; data breach issues; competition law; and telecom, media and technology.

Mr. Turetsky joined Akin Gump after serving as a senior official within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he served for most of his tenure as chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, leading the agency’s efforts to improve the nation’s cybersecurity.  He served as the FCC’s representative in interagency policymaking to implement the president’s Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and the Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, and as the FCC’s member of the Executive Committee created by the President’s Executive Order on National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications. He also helped to advance Next Generation 911 networks and manage the FCC’s preparation for and response to emergencies, including in connection with commercial communications network needs and outages during and after disasters.  For part of his tenure, he served as deputy chief of the FCC’s International Bureau, where he addressed matters related to the executive branch’s input to the Commission on national security, including cybersecurity, as well as law enforcement, foreign policy and trade concerns. 

Prior to the FCC, Mr. Turetsky was a partner at a large international law firm, where he co-chaired the anti-trust practice for six years.  While in private practice, he was twice appointed by federal courts and the FCC to serve as management trustee, successfully running rural cellular businesses until divested to satisfy conditions of merger consent decrees. He was also an outside advisor on antitrust to the DOJ agency review team for the Obama-Biden Transition and a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. 

Mr. Turetsky served as deputy assistant attorney general for civil and regulatory at the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.  He participated in high-profile policymaking on an interagency basis, especially with the White House in connection with the Telecommunications Act of 1996; he led a legislative effort with bipartisan support to pass the International Antitrust Enforcement Assistance Act of 1994; and he helped advance DOJ and administration positions before Congress, international organizations and governments, state governments and the public.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Turetsky was part of the senior management team of a telecommunications services and broadband start-up that provided nationwide voice and broadband services over fixed wireless and fiber local networks.

Mr. Turetsky received his J.D. from the University of Chicago School Of Law, his B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College.  He also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Years of government, industry, and law firm service have shaped Michele Farquhar into an influential advisor, advocate, and thought leader for the technology, media, and telecoms industry.

Michele serves as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She helps clients with a range of global and U.S. communications policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance matters, and regulatory strategy involving M&A transactions as well as litigation.

Michele obtains regulatory approvals, waivers, and other licenses for many new and cutting-edge technologies. And she leads teams advising major global companies on regulatory strategy issues involving a range of international jurisdictions. As a legal authority in her industry, she also speaks and writes extensively on a range of communications issues.

Michele joined the firm in 1997, after serving as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. While at the FCC, she led the agency's new spectrum auction initiative and held primary responsibility over several major auctions and spectrum policy initiatives, as well as the bureau's implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Previously, Michele served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She played a lead role in developing the administration's positions on telecommunications reform as well as spectrum, international, electronic commerce, and other policy issues.

As Vice President for Law and Regulatory Policy at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, she gained industry knowledge and regulatory advocacy experience while representing cellular carriers on regulatory, policy, and legal issues before the FCC. Michele also served as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Ervin Duggan and as the mass media advisor to two FCC general counsels.

Michelle Carey is Chief of the Media Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.  She previously served as a Media Bureau Deputy Chief, assisting in shaping the Bureau’s policies designed to facilitate competition in the multichannel video programming marketplace.  Prior to this appointment, she was a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce.  Ms. Carey has also served as Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Kevin J. Martin, Deputy Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and Chief of the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau.  Before joining the Commission, she clerked for the Honorable Hart T. Mankin of the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals.  Ms. Carey received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Barbara S. Esbin is a partner with the law firm of Cinnamon Mueller, and head of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  With over twenty-five years of experience in communications law and policy, she advises and represents communications companies before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Congress, and in the courts.  Ms. Esbin’s practice includes advising and representing the American Cable Association, the leading national trade association for small and medium-sized cable and broadband companies.  She also advises and represents individual cable, broadband and telecommunications clients on a wide range of business, strategic and FCC regulatory and compliance matters, and provides strategic counsel to investment research groups.  Ms. Esbin joined Cinnamon Mueller in 2010 after an extended tenure with the FCC, and following her position as a Senior Fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank specializing in communications policy and law.  She served for over fourteen years at the FCC in a variety of senior staff positions in the Enforcement, Media, Cable Services, Wireless Telecommunications, and Common Carrier Bureaus, including four years as Associate Chief, Media Bureau.  In that capacity, she represented the Bureau on a number of inter-agency efforts and led the review of several major industry mergers and rulemakings addressing cable and broadband competition issues.  Between her two FCC engagements, Ms. Esbin was a partner in a private law firm, specializing in cable and broadband regulatory and compliance matters.  Prior to joining the FCC, she was a senior associate in a private firm specializing in electric utility regulation.  Ms. Esbin held judicial clerkships, respectively, on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.  She received her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and her B.A. from Antioch College.

Brian A. Rankin is Vice President, Senior Deputy General Counsel for Comcast Corporation.  Based in Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters, he is counsel for legal/regulatory matters affecting Comcast’s cable, broadband, voice and other businesses.

Prior to joining Comcast, Rankin served in senior legal positions for XO Communications, Aerial Communications and MCI Communications.  He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Rankin received his J.D. from DePaul University, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy, an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama (with Honors) and a B.S. from Illinois State University.  He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the DePaul University College of Law, and on the boards of directors for the Public Citizens for Children and Youth and Citizens Diplomacy International of Philadelphia.

Judson Cary is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at CableLabs, a non-profit research and development organization owned by the global cable industry.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cary worked as an engineer in the Artificial Intelligence Group of U S WEST (now CenturyLink).  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Math and Computer Science, and Masters in Engineering, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  After law school (Santa Clara University, cum laude), he worked as a patent attorney for the Silicon Valley-based law firm of Fenwick & West focusing on startups and pre-IPO companies, patents, and general intellectual property protection and counselling.  Mr. Cary returned to Colorado and followed the legal chain of title from U S WEST, to MediaOne, to AT&T Broadband, now Comcast. After a short stint at an e-insurance “.bomb” company, Mr. Cary returned to the cable industry at CableLabs. He provides general advice and counsel on a wide range of topics including technology policy, complex multi-industry agreements, strategy, patents, patent pools, licensing, standards, antitrust, content protection and content distribution technologies, and the laws and regulations governing cable operators in these areas. He is Treasurer of the Open Connectivity Forum (OCF, a forum for IoT), sits on the Board of Directors of the Entertainment ID Registry, and particapted in the Legal groups of W3C, VR Industry Forum, DLNA, and other standards bodies.