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Leading Telecom Industry Attorney Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer

John T. Scott, III, former Deputy General Counsel of Verizon and a leading wireless industry attorney, is joining Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

For more than 15 years, Mr. Scott led a group of attorneys and staff that represented Verizon on matters involving federal spectrum policy, including spectrum auctions, rules for new wireless services, spectrum allocations, obtaining and maintaining licenses, negotiating license transfer transactions and securing regulatory approvals, antenna siting, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Scott also was responsible for such diverse matters as communications legislation, universal service, intercarrier compensation, law enforcement access to records, radiofrequency radiation, accessibility, resale and roaming, emergency alerts and 911 services, foreign ownership, and consumer protection issues including telemarketing, caller identification and billing.

Much of his work has focused on issues before the Federal Communications Commission, but he also represented the company in state public utilities commission proceedings and in litigation before the federal appellate courts and state courts.

Before moving in-house, Mr. Scott spent 21 years specializing in telecommunications law, administrative law and appellate litigation at the law firm of Crowell & Moring, first as an associate and then as a partner. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia (Order of the Coif), and his bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (cum laude).

Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, said, “We are excited to welcome our long-time friend John to the Firm. Having worked with him as a client for many years, we have experienced first-hand John’s deep wireless experience and knowledge, and we know how dedicated he is to excellence. We look forward to having him as our colleague and to the added value he will bring to all of our clients.” Mr. Scott commented, “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to join one of the nation's premier law firms. Wilkinson Barker Knauer is well known in the telecom and energy industries as providing top-notch assistance and advice to clients. I look forward to applying my experience and expertise to serve its many clients and help them achieve their objectives.”

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law, is ranked as a “first tier” firm by Chambers USA (Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite: Regulatory), and Legal 500 (Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory), and was twice named “Law Firm of the Year” in communications law by U.S. News - Best Lawyers (2012 & 2014). The firm, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado, advises clients ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups in regulatory, transactional, privacy, trademark, corporate and litigation matters involving all aspects of communications and energy law, at both the state and federal levels.