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About Me

(Click here for a much shorter “biography”)

Beginning in October 2011, I have been on a detail to the United States Trade Representative where I am working on telecommunications and electronic commerce issues.  UPDATE: I moved permanently to USTR in January 2015.

Since 2006, I have served as Special Counsel for the Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division in the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Prior to that, I worked in the Wireline Competition Bureau of the FCC, most recently as Assistant Bureau Chief. Prior to that position, I served as Senior Legal Counsel to the former Bureau Chief, William Maher. I started in 2001, working in the Competition Policy Division of the Bureau.

This is my second tenure at the federal goverment.  My first round at the FCC was from 1995 to 1998. I spent my first six months working for Commissioner Rachelle B. Chong before I began work as a staff attorney in what was then called the Policy Division of the Common Carrier Bureau (essentially the same place I came back to in 2001). I worked on a number of the rulemakings that implemented the Telecommunications Act of 1996, including the First Local Competition Report and Order (pdf file).

Between stints at the FCC, I worked as an associate in the Communications, Media and Information Technology Group at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a law firm based in Seattle, Washington, but with a number of offices across the country. I worked fairly extensively with companies such as NEXTLINK (now known as XO) and AT&T Wireless, and a number of other competitive local exchange carriers, Internet service providers and other entities offering new and innovative communications services and technologies.

I graduated from Hasting College of the Law (part of the University of California) and spent my undergraduate years at California Polytechnic State University.