Howard J. Symons

Partner at Jenner & Block LLP

Howard J. Symons

Howard J. Symons

Partner at Jenner & Block LLP

Biography

Howard J. Symons is a partner in the Communications, Internet & Technology Practice. He has nearly 40 years of experience in telecommunications law and policy, including senior positions in government and the private sector. Before joining the firm in 2017, he served in two high-profile roles at the Federal Communications Commission: as general counsel from 2016 to 2017 and as vice-chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force from 2014 to 2016. He was appointed to both posts by Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Highly regarded throughout the industry, Mr. Symons has represented companies in the cable, wireless and telecommunications industries as well as their trade associations before the FCC, Congress and State legislatures, and the courts. Mr. Symons advised these companies on a wide range of matters, including video, broadband and telephony.

As general counsel of the FCC, Mr. Symons oversaw more than 60 lawyers that provide legal support for the Commission’s policy and rulemaking activities and recommend decisions in adjudicatory matters. He also served as one of Chairman Wheeler’s four senior advisors. As vice chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, he was one of the primary architects of the first incentive auction: a two-sided auction in which broadcasters bid to give up their spectrum and wireless providers bid to buy it.

From 1985 to 2014, Mr. Symons was a partner at another AmLaw 100 firm, chairing that firm’s communications practice and serving as a member of the Policy (Executive) Committee. From 1981 to 1985, he served as senior counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the US House of Representatives; in that role, he was responsible for developing legislation on matters ranging from domestic telephone policy to cable franchising and international telecommunications.

Mr. Symons also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s National Law Center, where he taught courses in telecommunications law and regulation for 10 years. He has authored several articles on the telecommunications policy process, testified before Congress and state legislatures, and spoken at numerous industry conferences and continuing legal education seminars on topics relating to regulatory trends, the FCC and more.

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Federal Communications Commission

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Howard J. Symons
Partner at Jenner & Block LLP
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Vice Chair
2014 - Current
Career History
Partner
2017 - Current

Jenner & Block LLP provides corporate and litigation services. The company focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, private equity, real estate, tax, environmental, insurance, commercial law, technology, intellectual property, bankruptcy and reorganization, labor and employment, executive compensation, government contracts, health care and associations.The company was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

General Counsel
2016 - Prior

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress. The commission is committed to being a responsive, efficient and effective agency capable of facing the technological and economic opportunities of the new millennium.

Chair, Communications Practice
Prior - 2014

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC provides legal services and resources. The company offers services to the communications, education, environmental, health, immigration, public finance, real estate and tax industries. It was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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$500
2012

Chairman at Waxman Strategies

$500
2010

Former Senator from Nevada

$500
2010

Senator from Colorado

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BellSouth LLC, SBC Communications, Inc., Cingular Wireless LLC purchase AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. from NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

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