Samuel (Sam) Feder is managing partner of the firm’s DC office and co-chair of the Communications, Internet & Technology Practice. He represents cable, telecom, media and technology companies in a wide variety of matters including litigation, proceedings before regulatory agencies and transactions. Mr. Feder’s practice is enhanced by the knowledge and experience gained from serving as General Counsel to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, before that, as a senior legal and policy advisor to two FCC Commissioners.
Mr. Feder has been named among the top lawyers in his field by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Washingtonian, Washington DC Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Media and First Amendment Practice, the firm’s Hiring Committee for the Washington, DC, office and the Hiring Executive Committee. An active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, he co-chaired the group’s Judicial Practice Committee from 2005 to 2011.
Mr. Feder has represented clients on numerous significant matters before the FCC, including net neutrality, broadband classification, universal service, and intercarrier compensation. He has also litigated a wide range of cases, including disputes over the compensation carriers pay to each other for carrying voice traffic, exclusive arrangements between cable providers and programmers, the regulatory classification of VoIP service and retention marketing. Additionally, Mr. Feder has worked on a number of significant transactions, including Comcast-NBCU and CenturyTel-Embarq, and, while at the FCC, SBC-AT&T, Verizon-MCI and AT&T-BellSouth. As General Counsel of the FCC, Mr. Feder advised the Chairman and the other Commissioners on all significant issues facing the agency. He represented the FCC in litigation before the federal courts of appeals and coordinated agency review of all transactions requiring FCC approval.
Best Lawyers in America -2014-2017
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory (District of Columbia) - 2010- 2016
Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory - 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 (Leading Lawyer)
Media, Technology and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional - 2016
Top Lawyer - Communication – 2013
Washington DC Super Lawyers
Communications - 2013-2016
Federal Communications Bar Association
Co-chair, Judicial Practice Committee, 2005-2011
Legal Aid Society of District of Columbia Board Member, 2014-present
College of William & Mary Public Policy Program Board Member, 2013-present
Client Alert: Here Comes Sunshine: FCC Transparency Rule Guidance, May 26, 2016
Client Alert: FCC Imposes Comprehensive Data Security Requirements in Settlement with Cable Company, November 11, 2015
Co-Author, Communications: Regulation and Outsourcing in United States: Overview,” Practical Law, November 2015
“Data Security Has a New Sheriff in Town,” Daily Journal, November 17, 2014
“Verizon Settlement Signals FCC’s Growing Privacy Focus,” Law360, September 11, 2014
Client Alert: Verizon Privacy Settlement Signals FCC’s Growing Privacy Focus, September 9, 2014
Co-Author, “City of Arlington v. FCC: The Death of Chevron Step Zero?”
Federal Communications Law Journal, January 2014
"FCC Open Internet Order: Is Net Neutrality Itself Problematic for Free Speech?" Communications Lawyer, June 2011
Co-Author, "Cell Phone Litigation Advisory: Calling for Coverage," Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance, Vol. 24, No. 11, January 20, 2010
Insurance Counselor, Winter 2010
Client Advisory: Calling for Coverage, November 20, 2009
“The New Net Neutrality Rules: How Have Other Regulated Fields Tackled Similar Issues?” American Bar Association, March 03, 2015
“19th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Telecommunications Law,” Law Seminars International, April 07, 2014 to April 08, 2014
"Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2014," Practising Law Institute, January 26, 2014
“Comcast v. FCC: The FCC’s Jurisdiction Over Broadband and the Implications for Net Neutrality,” Practising Law Institute Teleconference, April 30, 2010
“Historical Perspective and Current Issues,” Federal Communications Bar Association CLE Seminar, Washington, DC, March 04, 2010
"The Judicial Year in Review," Federal Communications Bar Association CLE Seminar, Washington, DC, June 10, 2009
Moderator, "Future of Telecommunications," Practising Law Institute 26th Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation, Washington, DC, December 05, 2008
Communications, Internet & Technology Litigation
Media and First Amendment
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1995; summa cum laude; Daniel H. Grady Prize (highest scholastic average in the class at graduation); Class of 1908 Award (highest scholastic average in the class at the end of second year); Maurice Weigle Award (highest scholastic average in the class at the end of first year); Order of the Coif; Note Editor, Michigan Law Review
College of William & Mary, A.B., 1992; cum laude
District of Columbia, 1999
U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1999
Hon. Edward R. Becker, U.S. Court of
Appeals, Third Circuit 1995 - 1996 (Clerkship)
Alysia Long is Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs in the Law & Policy department of Cox Communications based in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, she oversees the legal team of with responsibility for providing counsel on products, initiatives and practices with cable and telecommunications regulatory implications. She and her team also guide Cox on filings in regulatory proceedings impacting Cox residential and business video, Internet, phone and other communications services. Alysia works closely with the public policy teams in Atlanta and Washington, DC on the company’s federal policy positions and advocacy strategies. And she has served on the governance team for the company’s transition of customers to all-digital video services. In her regulatory and policy work, she has most recently focused on broadband Internet access, business data services and set-top box regulatory proceedings; accessibility regulation compliance; IP voice and video transitions; and regulatory activities involving cable and ISP copyright matters.
Alysia has previously held roles at Cox on the government affairs and legal teams, providing the primary legal counsel on broadcast carriage negotiations and disputes and cable regulatory compliance. She has also, for several years, chaired the Cox Atlanta Diversity Council, comprised of representatives across many disciplines at the Cox headquarters that help advance the company’s diversity goals and objectives.
Prior to joining Cox, Alysia was Senior Attorney for Equifax, Inc., and Associate with the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough in its Atlanta and Columbia, SC offices. A graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law. She is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management in partnership with the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications.
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 M. Assey, Jr. began his tenure as Executive Vice President for NCTA - The Internet & Television Association on February 1, 2008. As NCTA’s second most senior executive, Assey is involved in all aspects of NCTA’s work on behalf of the cable industry. Before coming to NCTA, Mr. Assey was a longtime staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation where he worked as Senior Democratic Counsel on Communications and Media Issues for U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) and U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC). Assey also worked previously as an associate in the Washington, DC office of Willkie Farr and Gallagher, clerked for the Honorable Cameron M. Currie in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, and is a graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University Law School.
JON NUECHTERLEIN, a partner and co-leader of Sidley’s Communications Regulatory practice, focuses on telecommunications regulation, antitrust law, online privacy, and appellate litigation. He joined the firm in March 2016 after serving as General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Jon’s extensive government experience also includes positions as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice.
As the FTC’s General Counsel from 2013 to 2016, Jon represented the Commission in court, provided legal counsel on a range of antitrust and consumer protection issues, and oversaw the Commission’s appellate litigation activities. Under his leadership, the FTC won a string of high-profile appellate victories, including:
Jon argued POM and McWane himself, becoming the first FTC General Counsel in two decades to present appellate arguments for the Commission. In addition to his responsibilities as General Counsel, Jon served as Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition in several antitrust investigations.
Between his positions at the FCC and FTC, Jon was a partner at an international law firm from 2001 to 2013, where he chaired its Communications, Privacy, and Internet Law practice group. In recognition of his industry standing, he was listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite from 2005–2013 and was ranked in Band 1 from 2010 to 2013. He was also listed in both The Best Lawyers in America and Washington DC Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2013.
From 2000–2001, Jon served as Deputy General Counsel of the FCC, where he coordinated the defense of FCC orders in the federal courts of appeals and provided legal advice to the Chairman and Commissioners. From 1996 to 2000, he was an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he presented seven arguments to the Supreme Court on behalf of the federal government and drafted the government’s briefs in many additional cases. In 1999, he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for preparing the FCC’s briefs in AT&T v. Iowa Utils. Bd., 525 U.S. 366 (1999). Jon began his legal career at Sidley, where he was a litigation associate from 1992 to 1995 after clerking for Judge Stephen Williams of the D.C. Circuit (1990–91) and Supreme Court Justice David Souter (1991–92).
Jon has a particularly strong background in litigating appeals of federal agency orders. For example, in various prior roles, he has argued eight such appeals in the D.C. Circuit alone and won substantial victories for his clients in all eight. These include, most recently, POM Wonderful LLC v. FTC, 777 F.3d 478 (D.C. Cir. 2015) (deceptive advertising), American Elec. Power Serv. Corp. v. FCC, 708 F.3d 183 (D.C. Cir. 2013) (access to electric power company infrastructure); Cablevision Sys. Corp. v. FCC, 649 F. 3d 695 (D.C. Cir. 2011) (access to terrestrially delivered video programming); Ad Hoc Telecomm. Users Comm. v. FCC, 572 F.3d 903 (D.C. Cir. 2009) (regulation of enterprise broadband services); and BellSouth v. FCC, 469 F.3d 1052 (D.C. Cir. 2006) (lawfulness of volume discount plan for special access services).
Jonathan B. Sallet provides counsel and litigation strategy on matters involving antitrust law, communications law, and broader issues of competition policy. In addition to his years in private practice, Mr. Sallet recently served as general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and as deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ). In the Clinton Administration, he served in the US Department of Commerce (DOC), focusing on technology-policy issues. Mr. Sallet’s demonstrated experience enables him to authoritatively advise clients on merger and non-merger antitrust matters, and to effectively represent clients in connection with antitrust investigations and/or litigation. He is a recognized thought leader and has published numerous publications concerning competition, innovation, and technology.
Most recently, in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, Mr. Sallet had responsibility for specific merger and conduct investigations and litigation matters across a variety of industries. He served as the Division’s senior decision maker on select cases and oversaw ongoing district court and appellate litigation. As general counsel of the FCC, Mr. Sallet led the defense of the 2015 Open Internet Order and oversaw the FCC’s review of major telecommunications mergers. He also handled a large variety of communications law issues reviewed by the Office of General Counsel, including privacy and cybersecurity matters. In recognition of his experience in administrative law and regulatory issues, President Obama appointed Mr. Sallet to the governing council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. At the DOC, Mr. Sallet served as assistant to the secretary and director of the Office of Policy & Strategic Planning, heading the Administration’s first educational technology working group under the National Economic Council.
Vice Chair, Joint Conduct Committee, Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association
Joshua M. Bobeck advises communications industry clients regarding state and federal regulation, commercial transactions, and disputes related to the provision of broadband, video and voice services. Joshua litigates and arbitrates disputes before state and federal courts and regulators. He also assists clients through advocacy in rulemaking, enforcement and other state and federal administrative proceedings, including negotiating and arbitrating interconnection agreements under the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
Joshua represents communications companies in key proceedings regarding intercarrier compensation, network neutrality, right-of-way; pole attachments, broadband, and Internet Protocol–Enabled Services.
Joshua also represents clients in federal and state court regarding appeals of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and state public service commission decisions and in commercial litigation. For example, Joshua has litigated carrier disputes regarding intercarrier compensation, the regulatory treatment of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services, pole attachments, and network interconnection. He also advises clients regarding the risks of such litigation and has helped clients reach favorable settlements.
Prior to entering private practice, Joshua advocated on telecommunications competition issues before the FCC, Congress, courts, state commissions, and state legislatures on behalf of the Competition Policy Institute (CPI). Before joining CPI, he worked in legislative affairs for the US General Services Administration. At the GSA, Joshua was detailed to the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, serving as a special assistant US attorney, prosecuting criminal cases in DC Superior Court.
ADMISSIONS: District of Columbia; New Jersey; New York; US Courts of Appeal for the D.C., First, and Third Circuits; District Courts for D.C. and N.J.
EDUCATION: Boston College Law School, 1992, J.D.; Rutgers University, 1989, B.A.
Loretta Polk is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. She has over 30 years of experience representing the cable industry on a wide variety of legal and regulatory matters, including video and broadband technology, competition, consumer protection, public safety and broadband adoption issues. She leads the association’s privacy and cybersecurity legal and policy work.
Over her career, Loretta has served on the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Executive Committee and co-chaired the former Cable Practice Committee. She was also a trustee of the FCBA Foundation, co-chairing the high school and college scholarship program. She also served on the D.C. Bar Technology Task Force and the Steering Committee of the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section, where she was awarded the D.C. Bar’s “Outstanding Community Service Project” in 1998 for an education program in media and the arts. In 2001, she completed the Cable Television and Marketing Association’s executive management program at Harvard Business School and was appointed to the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee from 2004 - 2007.
Loretta is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and in 2018 was among a group of women that received the Multichannel News and WICT-NY “Wonder Woman” award, which honors the accomplishments of women who have helped pave the way for younger generations of women in the evolving television, media and internet industries. She now serves on the Emma Bowen Foundation National Advisory Council, which prepares minority youth for careers in the media and communications industry. And she was a long-time member of the boards of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and the Legal Aid Society. Early in her legal career, she worked as a Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State and as an associate in the Washington office of Jones Day. Loretta received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Human Rights Law Review, and her B.A. from Rutgers University.
Maureen Jeffreys is chair of the firm's Telecommunications, Internet, and Media practice. She provides regulatory, transactional, and litigation counseling to wireline, wireless, video, media, and Internet clients. She represents these clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and elsewhere. She assists communications clients in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Jeffreys provides strategic counseling on federal policy developments, including cutting edge developments in spectrum policy, Open Internet, mobile health, and telemarketing. She advises clients regarding federal and state regulatory implications of innovative communications products and services. Her representation of media clients focuses on federal regulatory compliance, including obtaining approval for mergers, advising public broadcasters on the unique regulatory issues they face, and counseling on such issues as indecency, equal employment opportunity, political broadcasts, and cable carriage requirements.
Telecommunications, Internet, and Media
Professional and Community Activities
Areas of Focus
Michael Hurwitz is a partner in the Communications & Media Department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Washington, DC.
Michael’s focus includes FCC regulatory policy for communications and media companies, regulatory review of mergers and acquisitions, and Internet- and programming-related litigation, arbitrations, and appeals of agency orders.
Michael has participated in FCC rulemakings relating to net neutrality, online video, program carriage, program access, video competition, broadband network infrastructure, and media ownership. Michael also advises communications and media companies on regulatory compliance issues.
Michael has represented companies in the following matters:
Michael Nilsson has solved problems for clients in the media industry and elsewhere for more than twenty years. He represents these clients before the FCC, Congress, DOJ, the U.S. Copyright Office, and foreign regulators—as well as in commercial negotiations.
Mr. Nilsson has been recognized by Chambers USA for his work in the in telecom, broadcast & satellite fields. A client described him as “simply one of the smartest lawyers that I know” and that “he’s the one I would most trust to represent me when the stakes are high.” Mr. Nilsson has also been recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers for his work in communications and copyright law.
Representative Clients and Matters.
Mr. Nilsson was the principal telecommunications and technology legal adviser to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV.
Mr. Nilsson served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Sitar Arts Center, a nonprofit arts education center, where he also teaches saxophone. He also has served on the Board of Directors of Brown Broadcasting Service.
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).
Stephanie Roy is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson. Stephanie draws on her technical background in the aerospace and satellite industries to help her clients navigate government regulation in technology, telecommunications, and security in the United States and abroad. This includes counseling new media companies on issues in telecommunications law, including broadband matters and regulation of Internet platforms and services.
In her domestic practice, she represents satellite, telecommunications, and media companies before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Department of Justice, and state public utility commissions. Stephanie’s work with the FCC has helped clients achieve key wins, including the FCC allocation (and assignment to her client) of 20 MHz of spectrum for mobile wireless communications. Stephanie also works with local counsel in jurisdictions around the world to help her clients explore innovative technology and service offerings designed to expand global connectivity.
Stephanie has been involved in some of the industry’s milestone cases. She represented the Intervenors in support of the FCC in the DC Circuit’s landmark net neutrality case, and has been at the forefront in challenging significant proposed mergers in the media and communications industries before the FCC, successfully arguing against the proposed mergers of AT&T with T-Mobile and Comcast with Time Warner Cable.
Clients value Stephanie’s understanding of the industry and their business, her ability to see and act on the big picture, her effective communication with both technical and legal personnel, and the fact that she is well respected by agency staff.
Mr. Wright has argued more than 20 cases in both the United States Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit, and many cases in other federal courts of appeals as well. These cases have involved a wide variety of legal areas, from the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to energy law to ERISA, and have covered all aspects of communications law. Mr. Wright also represents clients in numerous proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission.
Mr. Wright previously served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, in the Office of the Solicitor General, as a law clerk to Chief Justice Burger, and as a law clerk to Judge Sneed of the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Wright is a former President of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He co-teaches the D.C. Bar’s annual CLE course on Administrative Law. Mr. Wright is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.
Dallas is a Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, where she focuses on Lifeline modernization, technology transition issues, and privacy.
Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Dallas was a law clerk for the firm Utrecht, Kleinfeld, Fiori, Partners. As a law student, she interned with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, DC City Council Member Mary Cheh, and was a summer law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. In her last year of law school, she spent a semester as a Policy Extern at Facebook.
Dallas received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an avid tennis player.
Dave’s practice focuses on a broad range of antitrust matters, including merger reviews, litigation, government investigations, and counseling regarding various business practices. He returned to Cleary Gottlieb in July 2016 after serving for three years as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he oversaw the Division’s litigation efforts.
During his time at the DOJ, the agency was active in litigating cases, including merger challenges against American Airlines/US Airways, General Electric/Electrolux, and Halliburton/Baker Hughes. Dave was the lead litigator in Halliburton/Baker Hughes, which was abandoned by the parties after one month of litigation. He was closely involved in the GE/Electrolux lawsuit, which GE abandoned after a month-long trial. He also oversaw the merger review of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, which was abandoned after the DOJ and the FCC informed the parties that they had significant competitive concerns.
In 2016, The National Law Journal named him an antitrust “Trailblazer.” Prior to joining the DOJ in 2013, Dave was distinguished as one of the leading antitrust lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., and Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.
Dave received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, summa cum laude, and his B.S. from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, magna cum laude.
Kate joined Public Knowledge as an Internet Rights Fellow in April 2014, and transitioned to her role as Associate Counsel for Government Affairs in April 2015. Kate advocates for the public interest on Internet and technology policy and government affairs, including net neutrality, advocating for more competition in the broadband and video marketplace, spectrum policy, and other issues crucial to preserving an Open Internet and consumer digital rights.
Prior to joining PK, Kate worked on Internet and technology issues for the Open Internet Coalition as a summer associate for Holch and Erickson, focusing primarily on the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet proceeding. She also spent time working on tech policy for the Senate Commerce Committee, Oldaker Group, Patton Boggs LLC, and as an advocate for the Writers Guild of America, West via Forscey PLLC. Kate received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2012 and holds a B.A. in Psychology with a focus in psychobiology from University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences. Kate was born and raised in Washington, DC.
David J. Redl was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce in November 2017. He serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.
Redl is a lawyer and communications policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. He was previously the chief counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. In that role, he served as principal legal advisor to the chairman and members of the Energy and Commerce majority on communications and technology matters. Prior to his time with the committee, Redl was director of regulatory affairs at CTIA, a trade association that represents the U.S. wireless communications industry.
Redl earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America with a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies, and he is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with degrees in journalism and political science. Redl is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia bars. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Amy, and their son, Benjamin.
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.
Sheba Chacko is Chief Regulatory Counsel for BT Global Services, the international arm of British Telecommunications plc. She leads a team that covers the Americas region for BT and is based in Reston, VA and Washington, DC. She advises all BT business units on telecoms, antitrust and national security-related regulatory issues in the Americas, advocates on behalf of BT before regulators in the Americas, and is tasked with telecoms regulatory compliance for the region. Prior to joining BT, Sheba practiced communications law with U.S. law firms, advising and assisting fixed telephony, wireless, Internet and satellite clients. Sheba has a Juris Doctor degree from Duke Law School, a Master of Laws degree in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center, and served as a board member of Duke Law School’s Alumni Board. She is an IAPP- certified privacy professional. She has lived in Malaysia, India and the UK, but has called the US her home since the early eighties.
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.
Gerard J. Waldron (“Gerry”) is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP and represents a range of technology companies, online social and media companies, and communications clients on matters before the Federal Communications Commission and Congress. Gerry chaired the Firm’s Communications and Media Practice Group from 1998 to 2008. Prior to joining Covington, Gerry served as the senior counsel on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and worked on the Commerce Committee staff for over ten years. During his time on the Hill, he was involved in drafting several important privacy and communications laws including spectrum auction legislation, cable competition laws, the TCPA and laws affecting CPNI and wiretaps. In private practice he has represented clients and testified before the FCC, the U.S. Congress, and state commissions and legislatures.
For the past five years, Mr. Berry has served as chief of staff to then-Commissioner and now-Chairman Pai. He previously served as the Commission's general counsel and deputy general counsel. Prior to joining Chairman Pai's office, he was a partner at Patton Boggs LLP. Mr. Berry has also worked at the United States Department of Justice, serving as counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy and an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel. Earlier in his career, Mr. Berry clerked for United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge Laurence Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Additionally, he worked as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice. Mr. Berry received his J.D. from Yale Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.
Rachel is Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs at HBO. She began her career at HBO in 2005 after 9 years in private practice. She spent her first several years at HBO in the US Networks Group as senior counsel working on distribution and technology deals. As HBO’s technology needs became more complex Rachel began supporting the technology team full time. She also oversees FCC regulatory and compliance issues and HBO’s patent committee.