President Obama pulled a two-fer by also nominating Ajit V. Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Pai’s resume is just as blah-ful as Ms. Rosenworcel. Like I said, just black out the names and you could be looking at 100 different lawyers within any communications law shop in D.C.
To his credit, President Obama has managed to nominate a diverse and relatively young bunch to the FCC over the past two plus years, but that doesn‘t put much shine in the cookie cutter either.
Please credit Jenner & Block’s website from which Mr. Pai’s bio is taken.
Ajit V. Pai is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and its Communications Practice.
Mr. Pai has held a number of senior public sector jobs involving communications, administrative, and constitutional law. Immediately prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Pai worked in the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, where he served since 2007 as Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Special Advisor to the General Counsel. As Deputy General Counsel, Mr. Pai had supervisory responsibility for over 40 lawyers in the Administrative Law Division, handling a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters involving the cable, Internet, wireless, media, satellite, and public safety industries, among others.
During his time with the Commission, Mr. Pai advised FCC Chairmen of both political parties and a number of current and former Commissioners. He worked with every agency bureau and office on a wide variety of rulemakings, adjudications, and administrative matters, and had significant legal and policy input on virtually every major decision the agency considered, such as Internet network management, wireless spectrum auctions, the Sirius-XM merger, and media and cable ownership questions. He also argued before and prevailed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Inc. v. FCC; was responsible for non-communications legal matters, including privacy, intellectual property, and environmental law; drafted a comprehensive revision of agency rules and procedures; and led the Commission’s response to the broadest Congressional investigation in recent history.