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Robert E. Branson

Verizon
Assistant General Counsel
Washington, DC, USA


Robert Branson is the Assistant General Counsel State Government Affairs for Verizon.  He began his telecommunications legal career immediately after graduation by joining the Federal Communications Commission as a staff attorney in the Mass Media Bureau.  In the intervening years, Branson has held diverse legal and public policy positions in and out of government.  Prior to his coming to Verizon, Branson served as the General Counsel of the Association of Local Television Stations.  For almost eight years prior to that position, he was the Chief Legal Counsel for Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.—the broadcast division of the Washington Post Company.  He was in charge of all contracts, litigation matters, labor, mergers/acquisitions, copyright/trademark and first amendment issues for the company.  Branson also was the company’s primary FCC and Hill lobbyist.  Branson came to the Post from the FCC.   He served there as the Senior Legal Advisor for former Commissioner Andrew C. Barrett.  He handled wireline, broadcast, cable, and wireless issues while overseeing the work of two other attorneys.  Branson also helped the Commissioner with his relationship with Congress. Branson also was an Assistant General Counsel for the National Association of Broadcasters.  At NAB, Branson oversaw broadcasters’ participation in the MFJ.  He is a member of the D.C. Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association.  This year, he became the President of the FCBA and a member of the Executive Committee.  He also has received the Distinguished Service Award from the FCBA.  In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees of Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts for fifteen years and was made an Honorary Trustee.  He also formerly served on the Ridley Scholarship Board at the University of Virginia.  He also serves as a Board Member of Hayride to Help Others.  Branson received his B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia.  He later earned a law degree from Harvard Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. 
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