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J.D., The George Washington University Law School

B.S., cum laude, Georgetown University; School of Foreign Service

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A former Chief Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives, Shawn uses his extensive Capitol Hill experience to assist clients with matters pertaining to communications, technology, commerce, transportation, and energy. He provides strategic advice on legislative, public policy, and legal issues, with an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of Congress and administrative agencies. Shawn serves as a co-chair of Wiley Rein’s LGBT & Allies Affinity Group.

Representative Experience

  • Maintained relationships between the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and the White House, Executive agencies, the U.S. Senate, and congressional committees.
  • Counseled the full Committee and Subcommittee ranking members and other members of Congress on communications and technology issues.
  • Supervised and managed the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s daily operations and its Democratic staff.
  • Provided assistance to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, specifically in advising members and staff on jurisdictional issues between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission on regulation of privacy and data security practices.
  • Participated and assisted with the work of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation as they relate to the communications and high tech sectors.
  • Served as lead staffer on spectrum, wireless, and international telecommunications issues. 
  • Negotiated and drafted the Public Safety and Spectrum Act of 2012, which created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) – the entity responsible for building the first nationwide interoperable broadband network for first responders – and authorized the FCC to conduct “incentive auctions” of radiofrequency spectrum.
  • Led the negotiation and drafting of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act of 2014 that reauthorized expiring compulsory licenses for satellite television providers.
  • Served as a member of several U.S. delegations to international forums on Internet governance and drafted resolutions expressing positions held by members of Congress.
  • Led the negotiation and drafting of updates to the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act of 2004 to help facilitate and improve the reallocation of federal-use spectrum to non-federal users.
  • Led the drafting and passage of the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act of 2010 and the Local Community Radio Act of 2010.
  • Drafted and negotiated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s broadband stimulus programs and the Digital Television Delay Act. Assisted with the drafting and negotiation of the Data Accountability and Trust Act.
  • Devised, coordinated, and implemented strategies to advance the Democratic policies and priorities.
  • Conducted oversight of federal agencies through organizing hearings, drafting correspondence, issuing document requests, and holding in-person meetings.

Professional Experience

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee, Communications and Technology Subcommittee
    • Chief Counsel (2013-2014)
    • Senior Counsel (2012-2013)
    • Counsel (2009-2012)
  • Deputy Policy Director, Free Press (2007-2008)
  • Legislative Assistant, Office of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (2006-2007)
  • Legislative Assistant, Office of Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (2002-2005)
  • Legislative Assistant, Office of Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink (2002)


  • Board Member, Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) (2015-Present)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (2008-Present)
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Legislative Committee (2010-2013)
  • Faculty, Practicing Law Institute (2012-Present)


  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law (2016) and Telecom and Broadcast Transactional Law (2016)

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