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Education

J.D., cum laude, New York University School of Law

B.S.F.S., Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

New York Bar

Jen, chair of Wiley Rein’s Space and Satellite Group, advises on domestic and international regulatory, policy, and transactional matters related to the licensing and operation of space stations and earth stations. Her representation focuses on the largest and most successful satellite operators across all service areas, including global fixed satellite service, global mobile satellite service, direct-to-home broadcasting satellite service, satellite digital audio radio service, satellite global broadband Internet access, and Earth imaging. She helps clients navigate a highly complex, cross-jurisdictional regulatory environment on issues such as spectrum sharing, orbital debris mitigation, and space safety for geostationary and non-geostationary low-Earth orbit spacecraft.

She is a contributing author and an industry source in several publications, including SatelliteFinance and the USA Chapter in the International Comparative Legal Guide to Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2017.

Representative Experience

  • Advises established and emerging space ventures on satellite, earth station, and international telecommunications matters pending before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Congress, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • Develops strategy on a wide range of communications issues including licensing, foreign ownership, national security, and access to spectrum.
  • Understands orbital slot, frequency use, satellite network coordination, and operational aspects of the satellite services industry.
  • Secures FCC approval for mergers and public and private equity transactions involving satellite service providers and other regulated communications companies.
  • Reviews transactional documents to ensure client interests are fully protected and counsels clients on structuring, financing, and other transactions.
  • Assists satellite clients with orbital debris mitigation; first-come, first-served processing of satellite applications; milestone compliance; replacement expectancies; ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) rights; network outage; and other required regulatory reports.
  • 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 and privacy restrictions on access to data.
  • Navigates national security issues arising from NOAA licensees entering into foreign agreements.
  • Serves as a consultant to governments and non-U.S. communications regulatory agencies on privatization, liberalization, and effective regulation of global telecommunications markets.
  • Advises regulated communications companies on compliance with FCC rules and, when necessary, ensures satisfactory resolution of FCC enforcement proceedings.
  • Represents some of the largest and most successful operators of global fixed satellite service (FSS), mobile satellite service (MSS), satellite radio service, direct broadcast satellite service (DBS), broadband Internet access, and Earth imaging satellite service.

Professional Experience

  • Junior Fellow, New York University, Center for International Studies (1995-1996)

Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
    • Co-Chair, International Telecommunications Committee (2002-2005, 2009-2012)
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA)
    • Co-Chair, Communications Practice Group (2001-2002)

Recognitions

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Communications Law (2015-2017)
  • Named one of DC’s “Super Lawyers” for Communications by Super Lawyers magazine (2012-2017)
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a “recommended lawyer” in Telecom and Broadcast Transactional (2013, 2016-2017) and Regulatory (2014, 2016-2017) Law

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