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J.D., with distinction, Cornell Law School

B.A., Hamilton College

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Managing Editor, Cornell Law Review


Law Clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren, Supreme Court of the United States (1967-1968)

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District of Columbia Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Ty serves as consulting counsel for Wiley Rein LLP. He is a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner and widely-respected entrepreneurial strategist, having represented a range of telecom clients. An expert in regulatory issues affecting telecom providers, his practice focuses on matters before the FCC, on communications start-ups, and on communications public policy.

Representative Experience

  • Strategic advisor on successful reorganization of major communications satellite system.
  • Successfully represented a start-up cell phone company on license-jeopardy issues and assisted in obtaining initial funding.
  • Advised major carriers in structuring investments in and sales of communications properties to, minority-controlled entities.
  • Structured only telephone carrier/cable partnership to build out major urban cable system.
  • Served as director and principal legal advisor to preeminent minority programming company from inception through the IPO stage.
  • Advised subsidiary of the Washington Post Company on journalistic and corporate legal issues.

Professional Experience

  • Director, RLJ Entertainment (2012-Present)
  • Director and President, Media Access Project (2010-2012)
  • Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (1977-1981)
  • Founding investor and Vice Chairman, IRIDIUM Satellite, LLC (2000-2008)
  • Senior Vice President, Regulatory, ClearComm, L.P. (Puerto Rico Wireless Licensee) (1997-1999)
  • Director, Principal Outside Counsel, Black Entertainment Television (BET) (1981-1992)
  • Co-founder and Managing Committee member, District of Columbia Cable Television System (1984-1992)
    • Director, District Cablevision, Inc. (1983-1992)
    • President, District Cablevision, Inc. (1988-1992)
    • General Manager, District Cablevision, Inc. (1988-1990)
  • Moderator, PBS Series, "The Constitution, the Delicate Balance" (1984-1985)
  • Staff Director, Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. Senate Government Operations Committee (1970-1971)
  • Vice President, Legal Affairs, Post-Newsweek Stations (1971-1974)
  • Visiting Professor, Journalistic Ethics at Duke University (2006-2008)


  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Advisory Board, Minority Media & Telecommunications Council


  • Named by The Legal 500 US a leading lawyer in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law

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