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Joel S. Winnik Passes Away

12 January 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C, 12 January 2012 – Hogan Lovells regrets to announce that partner Joel Winnik passed away on 10 January 2012.

Winnik’s practice focused on commercial and corporate transactions, and related regulatory matters in the telecommunications field. After beginning his career at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), where he first served in the Common Carrier Bureau and later in the Office of the General Counsel, he joined Hogan Lovells in 1985 as partner, eventually becoming a leader in the communications practice. He was responsible for developing a high-profile international telecommunications practice, providing a sound foundation in this area for Hogan Lovells’ expanding global platform.  Most recently, he played an important role in promoting Hogan Lovells’ Abu Dhabi office, frequently shuttling between Washington, D.C. and the UAE.

During his career, Winnik advised some of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and also advised foreign governments on telecommunications sector privatizations and the development of pro-competitive regulatory regimes. In addition to advising on FCC-related matters, he assisted clients in complying with U.S. national security regulations and procedures.

According to Hogan Lovells Co-CEO Warren Gorrell, “Joel’s intellectual prowess and reputation as a thoughtful leader within the telecommunications field has made a lasting and meaningful impact on the industry and Hogan Lovells. His colleagues at Hogan Lovells and his many friends will miss him most for his willingness to mentor and share his knowledge, his sense of humor, and his genuine warmth and humanity.”

Winnik is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Rachel and Arielle, and recent son-in-law William Yavinsky, an associate in Hogan Lovells’ Corporate practice in Washington, D.C.

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