J. Ryan Thompson | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

J. Ryan Thompson

Senior Associate Global Regulatory



Thompson J Ryan

J. Ryan Thompson
Thompson J Ryan
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Credentials
  • Insights and events

Ryan Thompson provides industry-leading telecommunications and technology clients with solutions to complex regulatory and policy issues.

He advises on a broad array of matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and other federal agencies. Ryan’s clients include wireless carriers, satellite operators, major tech companies, trade associations, and startups. Ryan’s portfolio of matters involve spectrum reallocation, space station and wireless licensing, foreign ownership issues, license transfers and assignments, content moderation, semiconductor supply chain policy, telecom merger review, experimental licensing, and federal frequency coordination.

Representative experience

Advises a major technology company on cutting-edge issues involving content moderation, consumer privacy, and industrial policy

Developed regulatory advocacy strategy on introducing 5G rights in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band

Assists a major wireless carrier with developing a variety of advocacy materials for policymakers on the Hill and at the FCC

Devised a novel regulatory proposal for a major defense contractor in acquiring unique co-primary interference protection rights vis-à-vis new wireless entrants in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band

Advised a major satellite operator in developing and executing proposals to repurpose C-band spectrum in exchange for multi-billion-dollar incentive payments

Drafted comments for wireless trade associations concerning the status of competition in the communications marketplace and the future of the FCC’s Universal Service Fund

Wrote amicus brief in support of an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States concerning Texas’s content moderation law, HB20


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2017
  • B.B.A., University of Kentucky, summa cum laude, 2011
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • California
Court admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association