Michele Farquhar, Partner (Washington, D.C.)

Michele Farquhar is Practice Area Leader of Hogan Lovells' communications group. She focuses her practice on commercial and private wireless and mass media regulation, strategic planning on complex spectrum allocation and auction-related transactional issues, regulation and licensing of new domestic and foreign technologies, and global telecommunications convergence and competition issues. She has extensive experience in practice before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and federal courts as well as U.S. Congress, the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and international regulatory bodies.Before joining Hogan & Hartson as a partner, Michele served as Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC, where she had primary responsibility for the Bureau's implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and numerous rulemaking proceedings, spectrum auctions, licensing and ownership issues, and enforcement matters.Michele previously served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she had a leading role in developing the Administration's positions on telecommunications reform as well as on spectrum, international, electronic commerce, universal service, and federal telecommunications grant issues. As Vice President for Law and Regulatory Policy at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, she represented cellular carriers on regulatory issues before the FCC, including the initial personal communications service licensing, ownership, and service rules. Michele was Senior Advisor and Mass Media Legal Advisor in the office of FCC Commissioner Ervin S. Duggan. She previously served as Special Assistant for mass media issues in the Commission's Office of General Counsel, and before that was a lawyer in the Policy and Rules Division of the FCC’s Mass Media Bureau.

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