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Sean Lev, FCC General Counsel, To Step Down By Year's End

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Released: October 23, 2013

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October 23, 2013
Justin Cole, 202-418-0611


(Washington, D.C.) Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn
announced today that Sean Lev will step down as General Counsel by the end of the year.
Acting FCC Chairwoman Clyburn said, "Sean Lev has been an outstanding General Counsel for the
Federal Communications Commission and the American people. He has led the Office of General
Counsel in support of critical agency initiatives that have benefited consumers, competition, and the
public interest across the country. Sean's legal counsel and leadership have been critical to ensuring that
the Commission's decisions on a range of challenging issues have been legally sound. His broad legal
experience and unique insight have been invaluable to the Commission; they have furthered the agency's
public service mission for the mobile broadband era and have bolstered the agency's reform efforts.
She continued, "Among other notable accomplishments, Sean has spearheaded the agency's defense of
the Open Internet rules; he has worked extensively on defending the Commission's landmark Universal
Service/Intercarrier Compensation Transformation Order, and he has led the Office of General Counsel to
major victories in the D.C. Circuit on the Commission's data roaming rules, and in the Supreme Court on
the `shot clock' rules for wireless facilities siting applications. I thank Sean for his fine work and his
dedicated public service."
In addition to the advice and counsel Mr. Lev has provided as General Counsel, he has also served for the
last 11 months as the Interim Director of the FCC's Technology Transitions Policy Task Force. In that
role, he has led the agency's efforts to ensure cross-bureau coordination on significant policy initiatives
and helped the Commission move forward in assessing how it can best advance its core missions
protecting consumers, enhancing public safety, ensuring universal service, and fostering competition in
the context of a fast evolving technological environment.


Sean Lev

: Mr. Lev came to the FCC from the Department of Energy (DOE), where he served as the
Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs. Before
joining DOE in June 2009, Mr. Lev was a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel,
where his practice focused on telecommunications, administrative law, and appellate and general
litigation. He was also an attorney on the Appellate Staff in the Civil Division at the United States
Department of Justice. Prior to his service at DOJ, Mr. Lev clerked for the Honorable Patricia M. Wald
of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He graduated magna cum
laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is
also a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College.

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