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Wiley Rein Adds Top Senate Telecom and Technology Policy Aide to Its Premier TMT Practice

February 22, 2017

Washington, DC—Wiley Rein LLP announced today that U.S. Senate Commerce Committee senior aide Hap Rigby has joined the firm’s Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) and Public Policy practices as a senior policy advisor. Mr. Rigby will provide strategic advice on legislative, public policy, and legal issues for the firm’s clients in the communications and technology sectors.

“Hap is a welcome addition to our strong TMT group,” said Managing Partner  Peter D. Shields. “Widely regarded on the Hill, Hap possesses strategic vision, an in-depth legislative knowledge, and a broad policy background on a variety of communications, data security, and privacy issues that will be of immense value to our clients. We’re very pleased to have him join our preeminent TMT Team.”

Mr. Rigby brings more than a decade of Capitol Hill experience advising congressional leaders on media, wireline, wireless, Internet, technology, privacy, and data security policy issues. He most recently served as a professional staff member to Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and other committee members, leading efforts to draft and negotiate multiple pieces of legislation, including the STELA reauthorization, broadband deployment (the Mobile Now Act), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reauthorization, retransmission consent reform, net neutrality, and data security and breach notification. He also developed and managed non-legislative actions related to FCC proposals and orders, including broadcast exclusivity, pay-TV set-top boxes, broadband privacy, and universal service programs.

In addition, he prepared Chairman Thune for numerous hearings on issues involving FCC oversight, broadband privacy regulation, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the universal service Connect America Fund, wireless broadband deployment, net neutrality, and video market competition.

Mr. Rigby also served as a legislative assistant to Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), advising on telecommunications policy and legislative efforts related to Communications Act reforms and Sen. DeMint’s Next Generation Television Act, and served as director of correspondence and policy assistant in the office of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Mr. Rigby received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. 

“Hap is one of the best and brightest on the Hill with regard to telecommunications and technology policy, and is very respected on both sides of the aisle,” said Scott Weaver, chair of Wiley Rein’s Public Policy Practice. “We are excited to bring his skills, strategic insight and expertise to the firm where he will no doubt be an asset for our growing list of clients.”

Wiley Rein has the largest Telecom, Media & Technology law practice in the country, with more than 60 attorneys and engineers engaged full time in the practice. The TMT Practice encompasses virtually all aspects of the federal, state, and international laws governing the telecommunications, media, and technology industries. The firm’s Public Policy Group is an industry-leading advocate for trade associations, startups, publicly traded companies, and small and large businesses that operate in the areas of telecommunications, health care, energy, transportation, and international trade.

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Founded in 1983, Wiley Rein is a dominant presence in the nation’s capital. With 240 lawyers, the firm has earned international prominence by representing clients in complex, high-stakes regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. Many of Wiley Rein’s lawyers and public policy advisors have held high-level positions in the White House and federal agencies and on Capitol Hill. The firm represents a wide range of clients—from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations to individuals—in virtually all industries.