Wiley Rein LLP

David A. Gross
Practice Areas
  • J.D., Columbia Law School; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

David A. Gross


202.719.7414  |  dgross@wileyrein.com

David is one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. Drawing on his more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policy maker, and corporate executive, he assists U.S. companies seeking to enter or expand international businesses. He also advises non-U.S. companies, and industry organizations seeking to invest in, monitor, and understand the U.S. and international markets, as well as national governments. David advises companies and others on international and domestic telecoms, Internet, and high-tech strategy focusing on both specific markets and international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC), as well as many regional organizations. 


  • Chaired the U.S. delegations to ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences (2002, 2006), ITU World Telecommunication Development Conferences (2002, 2006), and ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies (2004, 2008).
  • Led U.S. delegations to three APEC Ministerial Meetings in Shanghai, Lima, and Bangkok.
  • Head U.S. government negotiator and head of delegation for the multilateral preparatory conferences for both phases of the United Nation's "Heads of State" World Summit on the Information Society and co-led the U.S. delegation to the formal Summits in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005). These were the largest UN Summits ever held with almost 20,000 delegates and a large number of heads of states and government.
  • Served as a member of the UN's Information and Communications Technologies Task Force (2001-2006). 
  • Conducted bilateral discussions at senior levels with representatives of more than 70 countries.
  • Provided commercial and policy advocacy on behalf of U.S. companies in markets around the world. 


  • U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State (2001-2009). Had overall responsibility for the formulation and advocacy of international communications policy for the United States. Appointed by President Bush and confirmed (unanimously) by the U.S. Senate for the rank of Ambassador
  • Washington Counsel, AirTouch Communications (acquired by Vodafone in 1999), then the world's largest wireless telecommunications company (1994-2000)
  • Private law practice (1979-1993)
  • Lectures before many groups on telecoms and ICT-related issues, including at colleges, universities, and law schools in the United States, Canada, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen, Thailand, India, Israel, Bangladesh, France, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Rwanda, Vietnam, Egypt, and Pakistan


  • Fellow Emeritus, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI)
  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
    • President (2014-Present)
    • President-Elect (2013-2014)
    • Treasurer (2012-2013)
    • Assistant Treasurer (2011-2012)
    • Secretary (1999-2001)
    • Assistant Secretary (1999-2001)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Trustee, International Institute of Communications (2010-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Information Technology Industry Foundation (2010-Present)
  • Board of Trustees, Meridian International Center (2010-Present)
  • Chair, U.S. Council for International Business, Information, Communications and Technology Policy Committee (2011-2014)


  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "leading lawyer" in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law (2010)
  • ITU Silver Metal in recognition of outstanding contributions to the work of the ITU
  • Rated in the top tier of regulatory communications attorneys by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2012-2014)
  • Many industry awards for international public service involving Internet and telecoms issues






  • Innovation, Regulation, and the EU's Digital Single Market Strategy

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    Technology Policy Institute Panel
    June 11, 2015 | Washington, DC | More Information


  • A Conversation with FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Addressing Current Issues of Focus at the Commission

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    PLI's 32nd Annual Telecommunications Policy & Regulation Seminar
    December 4, 2014 | Washington, DC
  • Human Rights, Accountability, and Internet Governance: A Panel Discussion

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    IIEP and the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society
    November 17, 2014 | Washington, DC
  • Who Governs the Internet? A Conversation on Securing the Multistakeholder Process

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    American Enterprise Institute
    July 22, 2014 | Washington, DC
  • Internet Governance Futures - Impact of the Brazil Conference and Looking Forward

    David A. Gross, Chair
    IIC's Telecommunications and Media Forum Miami 2014
    May 21, 2014 | Miami Beach, FL
  • A Conversation with Ambassador David Gross, Dr. Steve Crocker, Carolina Rossini, and Steve DelBianco

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    IIC USA Chapter's Internet Governance 2014 and Beyond
    May 8, 2014 | Washington, DC


  • International Initiatives in the Online Safety Space

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    2013 FOSI Annual Conference
    November 7, 2013 | Washington, DC
  • International Dimension of Transatlantic ICT Policy Collaboration

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    TBC's 12th Annual Digital Economy Workshop
    April 29, 2013 | Washington, DC
  • Post-WCIT

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    TBC's 12th Annual Digital Economy Workshop
    April 29, 2013 | Washington, DC
  • Global Challenges to Communications Law and Policy in an Age of Austerity

    David A. Gross, Keynote Speaker
    CommLaw Symposium
    April 4, 2013 | Washington, DC
  • Some Countries Want the UN to Regulate the Internet. So, What's the Problem?

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    2013 International CES
    January 9, 2013 | Las Vegas, NV


  • Sticky WCIT: Is This the End of the Internet?

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    CALinnovates Panel
    November 27, 2012 | Palo Alto, CA
  • Should the UN Control the Internet?

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    AEI Roundtable
    November 14, 2012 | Washington, DC
  • Global Internet Governance: Strengthening the Multi-stakeholder Process

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    India Internet Governance Conference 2012
    October 4, 2012 | New Delhi, India
  • How to Profit from the Current Technology Turmoil

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    WPO - Washington DC & Baltimore Chapter
    September 6, 2012 | Washington, DC
  • Internet Governance in the 21st Century: Global Considerations

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    Technology Policy Institute's 2012 Aspen Forum
    August 20, 2012 | Aspen, CO
  • The 2012 WCIT: Crafting International Telecommunication Regulations for the Twenty-First Century

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    FCBA International Telecommunications Committee
    June 28, 2012 | Washington, DC
  • Visionary Address: Profiting from the Turmoil

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    CommunicAsia 2012
    June 20, 2012 | Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
  • What Role Should the UN Have in Governing the Internet? A Briefing on the UN's Internet Governance Initiative

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee
    June 5, 2012 | Washington, DC
  • Revising the International Telecommunication Regulations - Preparations for WCIT 2012

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    ETNO/ITU Workshop
    April 19, 2012 | Brussels, Belgium
  • Young Arabs in a Digital Age

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    FOSI/ictQatar's Promoting Online Safety and Cyber Ethics in the Middle East
    March 7, 2012 | Doha, Qatar
  • Where in the World Is Online Safety?

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    FOSI/ictQatar's Promoting Online Safety and Cyber Ethics in the Middle East
    March 6, 2012 | Doha, Qatar
  • Here We Go Again-Another Storm Brewing Over Potential UN Regulation of the Internet

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    Hudson Institute's Center on Economics of the Internet
    February 1, 2012 | Washington, DC


  • How to Ensure Privacy in an Expanding Data World

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    IIC's Evolving 'Rules of the Road' in The Age of Convergence Telecommunications and Media Forum
    December 15, 2011 | Washington, DC
  • Cyber Power: Which Nations Will Emerge as the Cyber Powers of the 21st Century?

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    Booz Allen Hamilton's Expert Voices Panel Webcast
    December 6, 2011
  • Technology 2012 and Beyond

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    National Journal Live Policy Summit
    November 16, 2011 | Washington, DC
  • Opening Session Panel

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    Global Forum 2011
    November 7, 2011 | Brussels, Belgium
  • Spectrum Policy - What Scope for Global Co-ordination?

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    The Americas Spectrum Management Conference 2011
    October 19 - October 20, 2011 | Washington, DC
  • It's Your Call, What Kind of Internet Do You Want?

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    New York INET Conference
    June 14, 2011 | New York, NY
  • Opening Keynote Address

    David A. Gross, Chair
    International Institute of Communications Telecommunications and Media Forum
    April 13, 2011 | Brussels, Belgium
  • Insider's Discussion: Our Spot in the World-A Global Perspective of Wireless & Innovation

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    IPI's Third Annual Communications Summit
    March 2, 2011 | Washington, DC


  • International Perspectives on ICT Strategies

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    The 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit
    June 8, 2010 | Toronto, Canada
  • How Effective Multilateral Diplomacy Can Save the Internet and the World

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    The Institute of World Politics
    February 24, 2010 | Washington, DC


  • Regulatory & Policy Framework

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    India Telecom 2009 - Telecom for Inclusive Growth
    December 4, 2009 | New Delhi, India
  • Interconnected and Vulnerable: The Weakest Link in Cybersecurity

    David A. Gross, Moderator
    ITU Telecom World 2009
    October 8, 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Freedom of Expression in a Web 2.0 World

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    Internet Governance Forum USA
    October 2, 2009 | Washington, DC
  • Protecting Minors Online: The High Tech and Telecoms News from Washington

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    Overview of Event

    With the new Administration (including a new Federal Communications Commission) and recent legislative developments, the policy focus regarding telecoms industry and high tech generally is undergoing substantial change. These changes are likely to be felt not only in the United States, but also in Europe and elsewhere.  The session will focus on what is currently happening in Washington DC and its likely impact on carriers and consumers.  Among other things, broadband, cyber security, privacy and wireless issues will be specifically addressed.  

    IT/New Media Task Force Event
    September 15, 2009 | Paris, France
  • Broadband Nation: Where Does the U.S. Really Stand in the World Rankings?

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    Overview of Event

    Ambassador Gross will address the progress of the U.S. concerning broadband deployment and usage and discuss how well the U.S. is doing in relation to other nations. There will be a discussion after his remarks.

    Free State Foundation Seminar
    June 5, 2009 | Washington, DC | View Presentation
  • World Telecommunication Policy Forum 2009

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    International Telecommunication Union
    April 22 - April 24, 2009 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • Global Information & Communications Technology

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    Industrial College of the Armed Forces
    April 14, 2009 | Washington, DC
  • International Wireless Broadband: A Comparative Analysis of Wireless Broadband Penetration and Adoption in the U.S. and Around the World

    David A. Gross, Speaker
    CTIA Wireless 2009
    April 2, 2009 | Las Vegas, NV
  • The Demand for Spectrum

    David A. Gross, Panelist
    FCBA/CTIA's Spectrum Dynamics Seminar
    March 31, 2009 | Las Vegas, NV




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