Long Bio | Leon Thomas Knauer, a founding partner of the firm, has specialized in domestic and international regulatory and transactional telecommunications representation for over three decades. In addition to advising many broadcast, wireless, and telephone service providers in the United States, Mr. Knauer has represented U.S. entities on telecommunications ventures in countries around the world, and has assisted governments in drafting telecommunications regulations to liberalize markets and in negotiating concession agreements with strategic partners.
Mr. Knauer was counsel to the Nixon Re-Election Committee and former Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans in the Watergate litigation and congressional Watergate hearings, represented President Reagan's Intelligence Oversight Board in testimony before the Congressional Committee established to investigate the Iran-Contra matter, and was counsel to Admirals involved in the "Tailhook" affair.
Mr. Knauer has taught at Georgetown University Law Center and the Practicing Law Institute, has been an active member in local, national and international bar associations, and was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He also was the lead editor of two telecommunications textbooks in the 1990s. Mr. Knauer has been president of numerous organizations, was awarded the Officer's Cross by the Government of Austria, and received an award from the NAACP for his efforts to combat racial discrimination in the broadcast industry. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.
Following his graduation from Fordham University in 1954, Mr. Knauer served as Commanding Officer, F Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Korea, Okinawa and Japan. In 1961 he graduated from Georgetown University School of Law, where he was a member of The Georgetown Law Review. He then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles F. McLaughlin, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
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