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Howard J. Symons

Howard J. Symons

Jenner & Block LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Howard Symons has nearly 40 years of experience in telecommunications law and policy, including senior positions in government and the private sector.  Most recently, he served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission from 2016 to 2017 and as Vice-Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force from 2014 to 2016, appointed to both posts by Chairman Tom Wheeler.

From 1985 to 2014, he was one of Washington’s leading telecommunications lawyers as a partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, where he chaired the Firm’s communications practice and was a member of its Executive Committee. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Senior Counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1978 to 1981, he was a staff attorney with the public interest organization founded by Ralph Nader, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

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.

Mr. Symons graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.


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