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Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2021

Speaker(s): Austin Bonner, Barry Ohlson, Blake E Reid, Brenda Leong, Carolyn Roddy, Catherine Fox, Christianna L. Barnhart, Claude Aiken, Cristina Chou, Daniel P. Reing, David M. Don, Diane Burstein, Douglas Kinkoph, Erin L. Dozier, Gigi B. Sohn, James M. Assey, Jared Ho, Jared Sher, Jennifer K. McKee, John Bergmayer, Judson Cary, Kristine Hackman, Laura A. Stefani, Loretta Polk, Maria T. Browne, Matthew A. Brill, Matthew J. Clark, Michael D. Nilsson, Nancy L. Werner, Rudy N. Brioché, Ryan G. Wallach, William Davenport
Recorded on: May. 10, 2021
PLI Program #: 304983

Dan provides strategic regulatory and litigation counsel to benefit companies in the communications industry.  For nearly 15 years, clients in the cable, broadband, and wireless sectors have relied on Dan’s in-depth industry knowledge and exceptional insight on state and federal laws to help them advance key projects and achieve their business goals. 

Collaborative, detailed, and client-focused, Dan approaches each engagement with an eye to the client’s business and culture — developing on-point, practical solutions that dovetail with the company’s unique needs, while anticipating any potential obstacles to success. 

He has represented clients in a wide range of regulatory and litigation matters, including handling federal, state, and local communications franchising and deployment issues – achieving numerous victories throughout his career that have enabled communications providers to deploy their networks and facilities. 

Recognized as an accomplished litigator, he has not only achieved favorable outcomes that have enabled construction of wireless facilities and the completion of other projects, but has litigated cases that have advanced the Communications Act case law to facilitate future broadband deployment.

Dan routinely uses his deep knowledge of the state and federal laws impacting cable franchising to assist his cable clients with a wide variety of regulatory and compliance issues, and he has played key roles in obtaining required state and local regulatory approvals for several of the largest mergers in the cable industry.

He regularly advises clients on state and federal legislative and administrative developments that may impact their operations and growth strategies.  

He has shared his insights on wireless infrastructure deployment to train industry professionals through a podcast series that he co-developed and co-hosted. 

In law school, Dan was Articles Editor of the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal.

Christianna Barnhart is Senior Counsel for communications and media issues to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Previously she led the technology and telecommunications team for US Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). She has over a decade of experience in telecommunications and technology policy in both the public and private sectors, and her team provides counsel on issues related to spectrum policy, privacy, net neutrality, broadband deployment, and artificial intelligence. Before coming to the Senate, Christi was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Charter Communications, where she represented Charter’s interests before the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies. At Charter, Christi oversaw the successful merger of Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, resulting in Charter becoming the second-largest cable operator in the United States. Prior to joining Charter, Christi held several leadership roles at the Federal Communications Commission. She was an advisor to then-Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, and managed the Rural Health Care universal service support fund, a $400 million dollar program designed to improve broadband connectivity in rural areas for telehealth and telemedicine. Christi holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and received her JD and MBA from American University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and three children.

Jared S. Sher is Vice President and Senior Policy Counsel for Roku, Inc. Sher joined Roku earlier this year following 2.5 years at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and more than 7 years in at 21st Century Fox, Inc. At Roku, Sher will help lead the company’s public policy function, with a focus on advancing policies that shape the future of television. Roku is the #1 streaming TV platform in the United States, and its mission is to be the platform that connects the entire TV ecosystem. Before joining Roku, Sher led policy for NCTA’s programmer members and at Fox, where he served as the company's primary representative before Federal agencies prior to the company’s sale of the majority of its assets to The Walt Disney Company.  

Previously, Sher spent more than 12 years in private practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was a key member of the firm's communications practice representing content owners, investment banks and venture capital firms. Sher holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from The George Washington University. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Inc. (BCAN), the only national advocacy organization devoted to advancing bladder cancer research and supporting those impacted by the disease.

Austin Bonner was appointed in November 2019 by FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks as legal adviser covering wireline and public safety issues. 

Bonner was most recently an associate with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire, & Grannis LLP (HWG), where she practiced with the communications and appellate litigation groups. At HWG, Bonner’s practice covered a wide range of matters involving regulatory challenges, constitutional law and statutory interpretation, with a focus on complex technologies and telecommunications. She has served as a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Judicial Practice Committee and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Bonner also regularly teaches courses for attorneys on issues in administrative law and appellate advocacy. Before entering private practice, Bonner clerked for Judge D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Barry Ohlson is vice president of regulatory affairs for Cox Enterprises.

He is responsible for managing policy matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal agencies. He works closely with Cox’s leadership to define and implement the company’s regulatory agenda and represents the company before federal decision makers and in industry associations.

Prior to Cox, Ohlson was a partner with Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he counseled a range of broadband, media and manufacturing clients. He also worked at the FCC for more than six years, serving most of that time as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. In this role, he worked with the Commissioner to develop policy for the telecommunications and media industries. Before joining the Commissioner, Ohlson worked in the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau as chief of the former Policy Division.

Ohlson also worked as senior director for Winstar Communications and practiced in several Washington, D.C. law firms.

He currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). He previously served as FCBA Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer following a three-year term on the Executive Committee and is also a past Chair of the FCBA Foundation. Ohlson earned a juris doctor from the George Washington University Law School and an A.B. from The College of William & Mary.

Blake E. Reid studies, teaches, and practices in the intersection of law, policy, and technology. He serves as the Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic (TLPC) and a faculty director at the Silicon Flatirons Center. Before joining Colorado Law, he was a staff attorney and graduate fellow in First Amendment and media law at the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown Law and a law clerk for Justice Nancy E. Rice on the Colorado Supreme Court.

Brenda Leong, CIPP/US, is Senior Counsel and Director of Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at the Future of Privacy Forum. She oversees development of privacy analysis of AI and Machine Learning technologies, manages the FPF portfolio on biometrics and digital identity, particularly facial recognition, along with the ethics challenges of these emerging systems. She works on industry standards and collaboration on privacy and responsible data management, by partnering with stakeholders and advocates to reach practical solutions for consumer and commercial data uses. Prior to working at FPF, Brenda served in the U.S. Air Force, including policy and legislative affairs work from the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of State. She is a 2014 graduate of George Mason University School of Law.

Carolyn Roddy serves as Commissioner Nathan Simington's Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor handling the Wireline, Public Safety, and legislative portfolios.   Prior to joining the Simington office, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration and was a senior advisor to the US Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service.  Ms. Roddy has extensive experience as a telecommunications attorney in private practice, at both a telecommunications company and trade association, and at the FCC.  She graduated from the University of Georgia journalism and law schools and lives in metro Atlanta, Georgia, and Alexandria Virginia.  

Catherine Fox serves as a Senior Deputy General Counsel for Comcast’s Corporate Legal Department.  In this role, she focuses primarily on FCC regulatory matters covering a wide-range of topics, including accessibility and Title VI matters.   Earlier in her career, Cathy served as an associate with Wilkinson Barker Knauer, an in-house attorney with Adelphia Business Solutions and as an Attorney-Advisor at the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission. Cathy received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from Widener University.

Claude Aiken is the President & CEO of WISPA, the association representing thousands of broadband innovators dedicated to closing the digital divide. He currently serves on the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Spectrum Management Committee, and as a Senior Fellow with the New York Law School Moot Court Association.

He was named a Rising Star in the wireless industry by FierceWireless in 2018.

A leader on broadband policy, Claude joined WISPA after nearly a decade at the Federal Communications Commission. While there, he served as a trusted advisor to Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Clyburn. He held senior leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel, as well key staff attorney roles throughout the Commission.

Prior to joining the FCC, he was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar at New York Law School, where he graduated with a specialization in information and technology law. Claude also holds a degree in English from Grove City College.

Cristina Chou is Vice President, Federal Affairs for Altice USA, one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the U.S.  Based in Washington, D.C., Cristina represents the company on federal regulatory and legislative issues before the FCC, Congress, NTIA, FTC and the Administration.  Prior to joining Altice, Cristina was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine in the Technology, Communications, Privacy and Security group, a vice president of regulatory affairs at Time Warner Cable and a legal advisor on media issues to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell.  She is a graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt Law School.

David Don is Vice President for Regulatory Policy at Comcast Corporation. David has worked extensively on the FCC’s public policy and spectrum allocation policies for over twenty years.  In his current position, he is responsible for developing and implementing Comcast NBCUniversal’s strategy in the latest broadband and wireless issues of the day.  David served on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) and serves on the board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).

Prior to joining Comcast, David was an attorney in the Communications Practice of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.  David is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the  Georgetown University Law Center. 

Diane Burstein is a Deputy Bureau Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.  As Deputy Bureau Chief, Ms. Burstein helps to oversee the FCC’s Disability Rights Office, which develops policies and programs to ensure access to communications for people with disabilities.   Ms. Burstein joined the FCC in May 2019.

Prior to that, she was a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, where she represented association members on issues relating to the accessibility of services offered by the cable television industry.  Ms. Burstein also served as NCTA’s representative to the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee.

Ms. Burstein previously was an attorney with Mintz, Levin, where she practiced in the areas of communications and copyright law.

Ms. Burstein graduated from Wesleyan University and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Doug Kinkoph is Associate Administrator of the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications. Kinkoph joined the Department of Commerce in 2010 and has served in a number of roles, working on issues including spectrum management, broadband, and public safety communications.

While serving as head of the Office of Telecommunications and Applications, Kinkoph created the agency’s BroadbandUSA program, which works to promote broadband deployment and adoption across communities nationwide. He also oversaw a $4 billion broadband grant program that funded the deployment of broadband infrastructure, public computer centers, sustainable adoption of broadband service, and statewide broadband planning.

Before joining the Department of Commerce, Kinkoph held multiple executive roles in the communications industry as well as in the public and private sectors as a telecommunications policy expert. He served as Vice President of Operations at Soundpath Conferencing where he was responsible for all sales, marketing, and customer service operations. His private sector experience also includes serving in senior regulatory and policy roles at XO Communications, Nextlink, and LCI.

Kinkoph earned his M.A. in Administration from Central Michigan University and his B.S. in Telecommunication Management from Ohio University.



Erin L. Dozier is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), where she represents the interests of thousands of local television and radio broadcast stations and broadcast networks before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other federal agencies, and courts. Her main areas of focus include laws and policies governing media ownership, indecency and other content-related standards, advertising, and carriage of television broadcast signals by facilities-based and virtual multichannel video providers. Erin’s experience prior to joining NAB includes several positions at the FCC focusing on media regulation and policy, including FCC review of media and broadband mergers, and competition policy affecting media outlets. She also has worked in private practice counseling communications companies on legal and regulatory matters. Erin is a frequent lecturer on communications policy and has served on the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. She earned her B.A. at Hampshire College and her J.D. at the 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 is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For over thirty years, Gigi has worked 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 2013-2016, Gigi served as Counselor to Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and from 2001-2013 was Co-Founder and CEO of Public Knowledge, a leading communications and technology policy advocacy organization serving the interests of consumers. She was previously a Project Specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit and Executive Director of the Media Access Project, a communications public interest law firm.

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. 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.” In March 2021, The Washingtonian magazine named Gigi one of its “Most Influential People in Washington.”

Gigi holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Jennifer McKee is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, where she specializes in broadband and telecommunications policy issues.  Prior to joining NCTA in 2010, Jennifer spent 11 years working in the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau.  During her time in the Bureau Jennifer was the Acting Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division overseeing the federal Universal Service Fund, and was also a Deputy Division Chief of the Pricing Policy Division, working on intercarrier compensation issues.  Before joining the FCC, Jennifer was an attorney specializing in telecommunications and cable regulatory matters at the law firms of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC, and Cole, Raywid and Braverman L.L.P.  Jennifer received a B.A. in English and communications from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Kristine (Fargotstein) Hackman serves as Vice President, Policy & Advocacy at USTelecom – The Broadband Association. In this role, she advocates on behalf of USTelecom members before the White House and Executive Branch, regulatory agencies, courts and other government entities in Washington, DC and state capitals to ensure members can compete, grow and thrive. Prior to joining USTelecom, she held several roles at the FCC, including Acting Wireline Advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai, Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, Legal Advisor to the Wireline Bureau Chief, and Attorney Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau.  She also was detailed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee where she worked on broadband infrastructure, net neutrality and spectrum, among other connectivity matters. Before her legal career, Kristine led public service initiatives at the National Association of Broadcasters.

Kristine graduated from the George Mason University School of Law where she developed a certificated communications law concentration, and for the past five years has served as an adjunct professor of Communications Law. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of San Diego where she graduated summa cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa.  She is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and a former co-chair of its Young Lawyers Committee.


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. 

Maria Browne advises and advocates on behalf of cable and telecommunications companies before courts, the FCC, state public service commissions, and local regulatory bodies in matters related to broadband infrastructure deployment. She has negotiated hundreds of pole, conduit and ROW access agreements. She also advises companies concerning compliance with FCC rules as well as laws governing accessibility of digital technology, communications and video programming to persons with disabilities.

Maria provides compliance advice and represents clients in disputed cases and rulemaking proceedings before the FCC and other federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, and in courts. She has appeared before state regulatory bodies in Connecticut, California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and helped behind the scenes in various other states.

Matthew Brill is Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Communications Law Practice and a member of the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice.

Mr. Brill represents telecommunications companies in a broad range of matters including regulatory, litigation, and transactional. He advises service providers, investors, lenders, and other clients on traditional telecommunications and media issues as well as emerging technologies issues.

He regularly represents leading cable operators, wireless carriers, internet service providers, and e-commerce companies in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), federal and state courts, and state public utility commissions.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Brill served as the Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy at the FCC, where he worked with the FCC Chairman’s office, other commissioners, and agency staff. Mr. Brill’s work at the FCC included developing national policies governing broadband Internet access, voice-over-IP (VoIP) services, local telephone competition, universal service subsidies, intercarrier compensation arrangements, spectrum allocation, and the digital television transition.

Before joining the FCC in 2001, Mr. Brill was in private practice, representing telecommunications carriers and other clients in FCC and court proceedings, including several in the US Supreme Court and Circuit Courts. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Brill is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and has chaired the FCBA’s Common Carrier Practice Committee.

Mr. Brill is consistently recognized as a leading communications lawyer by a wide range of publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Law360, Washingtonian, Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Communications, and The Best Lawyers in America.

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.

  • Media industry coalition. Acts as lead counsel for a coalition including some of the largest pay-TV providers seeking relief from “retransmission consent” fees demanded by television stations.
  • Media industry trade association. Represents trade association of small- and medium-sized cable operators in a wide range of media proceedings at the FCC and before Congress, including a successful opposition to the largest proposed broadcast merger in history.
  • Large television distributor. Helped the largest U.S. satellite television provider navigate dozens of FCC rulemakings, successfully obtain regulatory authorization for numerous mergers and acquisitions, lobby for reauthorization of key legislation governing the company’s operations, and prosecute anti-piracy matters in Latin America.
  • Public media organization. Assists a public media entity in acquiring and licensing hundreds of programs, both domestically and internationally.
  • International cable operator. Represents a client in the purchase of, management of, and ultimate sale of a cable operator with systems in multiple Caribbean jurisdictions.
  • Communications companies. Represents non-media communications companies in the full range of FCC matters.
  • Nonprofits and startups. Negotiates commercial deals and provides a broad range of counseling and compliance advice, including “general counsel-like” services.

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.

Nancy Werner is General Counsel of NATOA, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. NATOA is the premier local government professional association that provides support to members on the many local, state, and federal communications laws, administrative rulings, judicial decisions, and technology issues impacting the interests of local governments. Prior to joining NATOA, Nancy was Of Counsel at the law firm of Beery, Elsner & Hammond, LLP in Portland, Oregon, where she represented local government with a focus on communications law, right of way management and utility franchises. She has represented clients in state and federal court on issues including cable franchise renewals, telecommunications law, right of way regulations and fees and home rule authority. Nancy previously was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, where she was on the staff of the USC Law Review.

Rudy N. Brioché serves as Vice President for Global Public Policy and Policy Counsel for Comcast Corporation. In this role he focuses on the development of the company’s public policy positions and legislative analysis.  

Prior to joining Comcast, Rudy served as Legal Advisor to Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein at the Federal Communications Commission and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In these roles, he focused on media and broadband policy. 

Earlier in his career, Rudy practiced law as a commercial litigator in New York City and Baltimore, and served as Counsel to the Washington Bureau of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  He also clerked for Judge André Davis on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and Chief Judge Robert Bell on the Maryland Court of Appeals. 

Rudy received a B.A. from Rutgers College, a J.D. from the University of Maryland, and an Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. 

Ryan G. Wallach serves as Vice President of Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel for Comcast Corporation.  As a senior attorney in the Legal Regulatory Group, Ryan is responsible for providing corporate-wide legal advice on regulatory matters and assisting with the company’s legal regulatory advocacy, including filings in federal, state, and local regulatory proceedings and related litigation and appeals.  He also advises various parts of the company on legal and regulatory issues that potentially impact products and services.

Before joining Comcast as Senior Deputy General Counsel, Ryan worked as Special Counsel at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he provided strategic guidance on regulatory and legislative policy and compliance issues and initiatives to clients.  He has also served as a professor and guest lecturer in communications law at The George Washington University Law School.  He is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and has served in a number of officer positions.  

Ryan began his law career as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Clyde H. Hamilton at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Columbia, S.C., and to The Honorable Harold H. Greene at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  He received a J.D. with high honors from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Colorado College.  Ryan lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Shannon and his two daughters.

In addition to his duties as chief of staff to Commissioner Starks, Mr. Davenport also advises the Commissioner on wireless and international matters. Mr. Davenport has a long record of federal service, having served most of his career in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, beginning as a staff attorney then moving to management positions and ultimately serving as the Deputy Bureau Chief responsible for the Commission's spectrum enforcement matters. Most recently, Mr. Davenport served as Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory, for Ligado Networks. Earlier in his career, Mr. Davenport also worked at two DC-area law firms, specializing in litigation and communications issues. Mr. Davenport is a two-time co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association's Enforcement Committee and a member of the Endorsements committee of the DC chapter of the National Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Davenport is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

James Assey currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association.  Prior to his position at NCTA, Mr. Assey was a long-time telecommunications counsel and staff member on the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation working for both U.S Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), and U.S Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC).    Mr. Assey has also worked previously in the Washington, D.C office of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher and clerked for the Honorable Cameron M. Currie in the U.S District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Mr. Assey is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law School.

Laura works at the intersection of law, policy, and technology, providing clients with creative regulatory solutions to bring new wireless technologies to market. Areas of focus include unlicensed and licensed wireless technologies, unmanned aircraft, satellite systems, wireless power transfer systems, wireless medical devices, and the Internet of Things.

Laura advocates for clients on licensing, market entry, and spectrum allocation issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and other federal agencies. She also advises on regulatory strategy and enforcement, including investigations by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.

Before joining Mintz, Laura was a partner at a DC-area firm that serves technology, communications, and media clients. Prior to turning her focus to telecommunications law, Laura practiced as a litigator for several years, primarily handling employment disputes and administrative law actions.


Internet of Things

  • Assisted manufacturers of wireless power transfer systems with FCC approvals for U.S. market entry.
  • Advised and advocated for clients on pre-market testing, RF safety compliance, device approval, and the use and allocation of spectrum related to the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Medical Devices

  • Counseled manufacturers on the choice of frequency range and service rules for wireless medical devices, and obtained necessary waivers of the FCC’s rules to allow for the marketing of new wireless medical devices in the United States.
  • Represented medical device manufacturers in FCC rulemaking proceedings related to specialized medical spectrum use and in FCC spectrum proceedings involving shared spectrum.
  • Represented a medical device trade association before the FCC in a range of regulatory issues.

    Radar Systems

  • Advised on FCC's licensing and regulatory scheme for short and long distance radar devices, and obtained waivers of the FCC’s rules for various radar systems.
  • Obtained proposal for rule change for mmWave radar system used by the aviation industry.


  • Advised satellite operators, earth station licensees, technology developers, and other clients on the FCC rules and policies regarding space and earth station operations in the United States, including licensing and relevant regulatory changes.
  • Assisted global clients with satellite regulatory issues worldwide, with a focus on market access and obtaining temporary and permanent licenses.

    Unlicensed Devices

  • Led coalition of unlicensed spectrum users responding to proposed rule changes.
  • Assisted with U.S. market entry and FCC regulatory compliance for manufacturers of wireless devices operating on unlicensed frequencies.

    Unmanned Systems

  • Advised clients (broadcasters, trade associations, energy companies) on state and local laws regarding privacy, trespass, and other limitations imposed on the operations of small unmanned aircraft (sUAS), and the implications of possible federal preemption of state and local jurisdiction.
  • Aided clients in understanding the lawful use of sUAS to inspect and monitor facilities, and advised on possible waivers of FAA rules.
  • Counseled client on U.S. market entry for UAS detection system.
  • Advised robotics manufacturer on FCC technical and operational requirements for indoor mmWave system.
  • Obtained waiver of FCC rules to allow robotics manufacturer to bring new consumer robotic device to market.

Matt Clark works with clients throughout the aviation community to navigate federal regulatory issues. He also provides transactional diligence and advocates for clients before courts and federal agencies.

Matt regularly advises clients on U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) matters. His clients include aviation maintenance and repair organizations, aircraft and aircraft engine and component manufacturers, passenger and cargo airlines, charter operators, as well as airports and airport-related businesses.

Matt is actively involved with our firm's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group, where he advises UAS operators, users, and manufacturers on FAA regulatory and other legal issues that arise when innovation and regulation collide. Matt works with UAS clients in various industries developing new and innovative commercial UAS applications, including utility and infrastructure, precision agriculture, construction, insurance, real estate, architecture and engineering, media and news gathering, and higher education institutions.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Matt was an associate at several other large global law firms, where he concentrated on aviation regulatory and civil ligation matters, including work with UAS industry clients.

Judson Cary is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at CableLabs, a non-profit research and development organization owned by the global cable industry.  He also serves as General Counsel of the Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the ANSI-accredited standards body for the 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, strategy  patents, patent pools, licensing, standards, antitrust, security, content protection, complex multi-industry agreements, and the laws and regulations governing cable operators in these areas.

He is also President of Media Coding Industry Forum (MC-IF), and Treasurer of the Open Connectivity Forum (OCF, a forum for IoT).

Jah-Juin “Jared” Ho is an attorney with the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP) at the Federal Trade Commission.  This Division of the FTC has responsibility for enforcing federal statutes and regulations that pertain to information security and consumer privacy.  Jared investigates and prosecutes violations of U.S. federal laws governing the privacy and security of consumer information and has worked on FTC enforcement actions under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.  Prior to joining DPIP, Jared was an attorney in the FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigations.  Jared has also served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau where he advised on cases and rulemaking.

In addition to his federal service, Jared was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey where he led his office’s privacy and data security efforts. He has also served as a visiting fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

John Bergmayer is Legal Director at Public Knowledge, specializing in telecommunications, Internet, and intellectual property issues. He advocates for the public interest before courts and policymakers, and works to make sure that all stakeholders--including ordinary citizens, artists, and technological innovators--have a say in shaping emerging digital policies.