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S. Jenell  Trigg

S. Jenell Trigg

Lerman Senter PLLC

Washington, DC, USA


S. Jenell Trigg, a former broadcast television sales/marketing executive spanning a 16-year career, is a Member of Lerman Senter PLLC, and is Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property, New Media & New Technology Practice Group.  She has more than 19 years of experience in policy, regulatory, enforcement and litigation issues in various telecommunications industries, including stints at the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  She is accredited as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).  She advises clients on a wide range of privacy and data security matters, including email and mobile advertising/marketing, mobile app development, Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards, government access, and security breach notification and identity theft laws.

Prior to private practice, Ms. Trigg served as Assistant Chief Counsel for Telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, where she directed Advocacy’s involvement in all telecommunications and Internet issues and proceedings before the FCC, other federal and state government agencies, the White House, and Congress.  While in law school, Ms. Trigg worked as the Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst for the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities.  Her first positions at the FCC were as a full-time Law Clerk to Commissioners Rachelle B. Chong and Susan Ness, in addition to a part-time Law Clerk to then-General Counsel, William E. Kennard, also a former FCC Chairman.  Prior to the FCC, Ms. Trigg was National Sales Manager and Director of Marketing for WJZ-TV, the now-CBS Corporation owned and operated television station in Baltimore, Maryland.  She also worked at WMAQ-TV NBC5 and WFLD-TV FOX 32 in Chicago as a Senior Account Executive, and was involved in the launch of the market’s first Ten O’clock News as Director of Marketing for WBFF, FOX 45 in Baltimore.

A 1978 graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a B.S. in Speech, Ms. Trigg received her juris doctor degree magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1997.  She also received certification from the law school’s Institute for Communications Law Studies with honors and was one of the first evening students to complete the entire program.

Ms. Trigg is admitted to practice before the Maryland Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third and Tenth Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States of America.  She is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and American Bar Association (ABA).  She was the founding co-chair of the FCBA’s Privacy & Data Security Committee and served for eight years, and as the founding Co-Chair of the ABA/FCBA’s Annual Privacy & Data Security Symposium, serves as a member of the ABA Communications Law Forum Governing Committee.  She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Minority Media, Telecommunications & Internet Council (MMTC) and continues to work with the Board of Directors for the Delta Research and Educational Foundation as legal counsel after almost 18 years as board member.  Ms. Trigg is a founding member of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs, a member of IAPP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., A Public Service Sorority.  Ms. Trigg is a past president of Catholic University’s Communications Law Institute Alumni Association and currently serves on the law school’s Board of Visitors.  She also serves on the Board of Visitors of Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication.  She is a mentor to many law school and college students, graduates, and young professionals across the country, and is a frequent speaker before the FCC, IAPP, ABA, NAB, MMTC, Congressional Black Congress, and other organizations on small business, privacy and/or wireless issues.
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