Commissioner Brendan Carr

Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017.

Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy.

Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency's jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm's appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act.

Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Mr. Carr received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Commissioner Carr grew up in Virginia. He now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Machalagh Carr, and their two boys, Quinn and Emmett.

 

Nirali Patel

Nirali Patel

Acting Legal Advisor for Media, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement

Ms. Patel will advise Commissioner Carr on media, consumer protection, and enforcement matters. Ms. Patel is on detail from the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, where she serves as a Deputy Chief of the Competition Policy Division. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Patel served as Counsel in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice of Hogan Lovells US LLP. Prior to that, she practiced communications law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Sidley Austin LLP. Ms. Patel graduated summa cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kevin Holmes

Kevin Holmes

Acting Legal Advisor for Wireless and Public Safety

Mr. Holmes will advise Commissioner Carr on wireless and public safety issues. Mr. Holmes joins the office from the FCC's Office of Legislative Affairs, where he worked on spectrum, mobile broadband, and public safety issues. Previously, Mr. Holmes worked in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, both as an interim Legal Advisor in the Office of the Bureau Chief and as an Attorney Advisor in the Broadband Division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Holmes was a legislative aide to Senator Spencer Abraham. Mr. Holmes holds an LL.M. in Law and Government from the American University Washington College of Law, a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College.

Nathan Eagan

Nathan Eagan

Acting Wireline Legal Advisor

Mr. Eagan will advise Commissioner Carr on wireline issues. Mr. Eagan joins the office from the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, where he most recently served as a Legal Advisor in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division. He came to the Commission through the agency's Attorney Honors Program, and he has worked on a variety of issues, including universal service and broadband deployment. Mr. Eagan received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a George Washington Scholar and an Articles Editor for the Federal Communications Bar Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Natalie Martinez

Acting Confidential Assistant

For the past three years, Ms. Martinez has served as the Confidential Assistant to three successive General Counsels of the FCC. Before that, she served as the Confidential Assistant to the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau for four years. She began her career at the FCC in 2001 as an Office Automation Clerk in the International Bureau.

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