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Education

J.D., summa cum laude, George Mason University School of Law; Moot Court Board

B.A., cum laude, Washington and Lee University

Law Journals

Member, George Mason Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar

While head of regulatory for one of the nation’s largest broadcast television companies, Henry developed and implemented the company’s strategy for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceedings and compliance, including the company’s nearly $500M haul in the incentive auction. He assists clients in a variety of complex regulatory, transactional, litigation, and compliance matters in the areas of telecommunications and media.

Representative Experience

  • Incentive Auction: Plotted and executed Media General's strategy for participation in the auction, which resulted in an estimated $479 million of gross proceeds from the disposition of spectrum. Prior, prepared multiple client comments in response to the FCC's proposed rules for the broadcast incentive auction.
  • Rulemaking Proceedings: Drafts comments, petitions, and other pleadings in FCC rulemakings, including Twenty-First Century Communications and the Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), incentive auction and retransmission consent proceedings.
  • CVAA and Disability Access: Counsels manufacturing, service provider, and broadcasting clients on the FCC implementation of the CVAA, including ACS, IP Captioning, Video Description, and Emergency Information rules. Designs and executes strategies for clients seeking to bring new, compliant communications products to market.
  • Enforcement: Represents clients in FCC enforcement actions, including hearing aid compatibility (HAC), Section 255, and video description. Responds to notices of informal complaints on behalf of broadcast stations for both FCC and FAA compliance issues.
  • Satellites: Advises established and emerging space ventures on satellite and earth station regulation before the FCC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Secures FCC and NOAA approval for mergers involving satellite service providers. Obtains licenses from NOAA for earth imaging satellites and other land remote-sensing space systems and counsels clients on compliance with administrative and operational control requirements.
  • Regulatory: Offers strategic counsel to clients about compliance with the FCC rules affecting telecommunications service providers and manufacturers, broadcasters, and satellite providers, including spectrum policy, public safety communications, and the CALM Act. Drafts comments, petitions, and other pleadings in proceedings before the FCC and other federal agencies. Prepares FCC regulatory filings, including children's television reports, renewals, periodic ownership, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and programming reports and applications for construction permits and licenses for broadcast stations and other communications facilities.
  • Cybersecurity: Prepares comments in proceedings before the FCC, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other federal agencies regarding the new U.S. data security and privacy laws and regulations.
  • Pro Bono: Successfully assisted a client in obtaining an order granting her permanent legal and physical custody of her three granddaughters.

Professional Experience

  • Associate General Counsel, Media General Inc. (2015-2017) 
  • General Editor, ESPN.com/Scouts Inc. (2005-2008)
  • Studio Production, ESPN (2001-2005)

Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)

Recognitions

  • Recipient of two Emmy Awards for work as an associate producer on ESPN's Sportscenter (2003, 2004)

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