Jenner & Block announced today that Madeleine V. Findley has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, DC office. Ms. Findley, a former deputy bureau chief and associate general counsel at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has substantial experience in an array of complex, high-visibility communications policy matters, including net neutrality, broadband privacy, infrastructure deployment, and communications network regulation. She will be a partner in the firm’s Communications, Internet, and Technology Practice and the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice.

“Madeleine’s expertise complements our well-established capabilities in the telecommunications, media, and broadband industries and provides added strength to our growing data privacy and cybersecurity team,” said Jenner & Block Co-Managing Partners Katya Jestin and Randy Mehrberg. “Her experience as in-house counsel, as well as in public and private practice, allows her to bring a diverse perspective that will be a great benefit to our clients.”

While serving at the FCC, Ms. Findley counseled on a portfolio of competition-related issues, including network interconnection, broadband deployment, merger reviews, and VoIP services. Before joining the FCC, she was in private practice, advising wireline, wireless, over-the-top, and cloud service providers; undersea cable systems; and broadband internet access providers on communications, privacy, cybersecurity, merger review, and domestic and international regulatory strategy and compliance before federal agencies and courts.

Sam Feder and John Flynn, co-chairs of Jenner & Block’s Communications, Internet, and Technology Practice noted: “Madeleine is a highly regarded communications lawyer, whom many of us have known since her time at the FCC. She has substantive experience in transactions and a wide array of complex, high-visibility communications policy matters, including communications network regulation, net neutrality, privacy, and broadband network infrastructure and deployment. That experience and her ability to handle complex matters are needed as we continue to assist clients navigate new changes in the industry.”

Ms. Findley joins the firm after serving as US privacy counsel for a multinational medical device manufacturer. With an emphasis on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and data breach notification laws, Ms. Findley was legal advisor to a global privacy program. This included program building and implementation, privacy planning, and privacy incident response. She also supported cross-functional shared services and acted as strategic advisor to commercial legal teams and government affairs.

“I was drawn to Jenner & Block because of its stellar reputation. The firm has a long history of handling matters that have transformed – and continue to transform – the communications industry,” said Ms. Findley. “I am excited to assist clients meet their business objectives, and help expand both the communications and data privacy practices.”

Ms. Findley graduated from the University of Michigan with an MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy and earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She received a BA in history from Yale University.

Jenner & Block has a decades-long reputation for handling communications matters of national importance. This tradition began in the 1980s with the firm’s work as lead counsel on behalf of MCI in the antitrust suit against AT&T. The practice represents communications and media companies across the United States, handling matters on the forefront of nearly all areas of communications law, including the internet, cable, telecom, wireless, satellite and media.  In addition to FCC-related counseling, the Jenner & Block team has been engaged in a virtually nationwide set of activities related to seeking approval from state public utility commissions.

In the face of today’s proliferation of legal regimes governing data processing and threat actors targeting the data itself, Jenner & Block’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice provides holistic, proactive advice to clients. Organizations turn to Jenner & Block for counseling on a variety of privacy and data security issues. The group helps organizations develop a secure and practical legal framework for the data that they collect, use, analyze, and share, and we help defend that framework from legal challenge. The team also works with clients to investigate and respond to threats targeting their data. The lawyers in the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice represent an interdisciplinary roster of lawyers who counsel, investigate, and litigate on behalf of clients across a wide array of privacy and data security issues in the United States and Europe.

Jenner & Block LLP is a law firm with global reach, with offices in ChicagoLondonLos AngelesNew York, and Washington, DC. The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies, Native American tribes, and venture capital and private equity investors. In 2020, The American Lawyer recognized the firm for the fourth consecutive year as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States, marking the 10th time in 13 years the firm has received this recognition. In 2020, the publication also recognized the firm as the #3 international pro bono firm, and in 2018, named the firm as its first “Pro Bono Champion.” In 2020, Reuters Legal named the firm its inaugural “Pro Bono Hero.”

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