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David S. Turetsky

David S. Turetsky

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Washington, DC, USA


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.

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