Wiley Rein’s David Gross Testifies Before Congress; Appellate Partner Named “Rising Star”; Firm Practices Expand

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:10

Ambassador David A. Gross, chair of Wiley Rein’s International Telecommunications Group, testified April 2 at a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on the Obama administration’s plan to transfer oversight of the system for assigning website addresses from the U.S. government to an international multi-stakeholder community. Speaking on behalf of the Internet Governance Coalition, Amb. Gross told members of Congress that the plan to transfer control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the international community is a “critical step” to ensuring the “economic and societal benefits of the Internet continue uninterrupted.” The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) currently manages the IANA under a contract with NTIA that expires in September 2015. In mid-March, the Obama administration asked ICANN to develop a plan that would transfer oversight of the IANA to the international multi-stakeholder community. The plan would have to be approved by the U.S. government.

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Megan L. Brown, a partner in Wiley Rein’s Appellate and Communications Practices, has been recognized by Law360 as a “Rising Star” in the technology category, covering communications, including regulatory and litigation, among other areas. The Law360 award recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 “whose legal accomplishments belie their age.” Ms. Brown is one of four winners – and the only woman – in the technology category, and Wiley Rein was one of only three law firms recognized in that category this year. Throughout her practice, Ms. Brown has developed expertise helping businesses and industries respond to emerging regulation and legislation, including through defensive and offensive litigation. She handles complex litigation and regulatory proceedings and compliance issues under a variety of statutes, including the federal Communications Act, as well as the U.S. Constitution. When making their selections, editors at Law360 reviewed more than 1,000 nominations and selected winners from 28 different practice areas.

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Gary A. Michel, a senior attorney with more than 30 years of regulatory experience in the Office of Chief Counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has joined Wiley Rein’s Aviation Practice and its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Working Group as consulting counsel. Having focused much of his career in government service on UAS matters, Mr. Michel will collaborate with the UAS Team on behalf of Wiley Rein clients to develop legal strategies for the deployment of UAS into commercial and other operations, and will work with manufacturers and operators to promote lawful operation of UAS in the National Airspace System. “With a rich and extensive background at the FAA in airworthiness certification laws, regulations, and procedures, Gary will be an excellent addition to our Aviation Practice as someone at the forefront of UAS regulation and enforcement,” said Peter D. Shields, managing partner of Wiley Rein.