Former FCC Acting General Counsel Jennifer Tatel Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Tatel has joined the firm as a partner. Ms. Tatel will be focusing on media, privacy, and Internet policy. 

Ms. Tatel comes to WBK after serving as Acting General Counsel of the FCC. Previously, Ms. Tatel served as Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff of the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, maintaining primary responsibility for the development of all legal advice related to administrative law—communications, fraud, fiscal, procurement, and Freedom of Information Act law. Ms. Tatel also served as a member of the agency’s cross-Bureau leadership team working to develop strategies to address the application of the Communications Act to new and emerging technologies. In addition, Ms. Tatel served as liaison between the FCC and other government agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Before joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Tatel served as legal advisor to Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker. Prior to that, Ms. Tatel served as Chief of the Industry Analysis Division in the Media Bureau. Ms. Tatel spent nine years in private practice at a large national firm after graduating magna cum laude from The George Washington University Law School.

Before entering law school, Ms. Tatel used her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Social Work and worked with the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services Division as a social worker where she conducted home visits and investigations in cases of alleged child abuse and neglect.

Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, said, “Jennifer has been a policy leader on media and privacy issues for over a decade—her drive and passion for the law will be a tremendous asset for our clients. Having known and worked with Jennifer in private practice, government, and through the bar, I know she is a perfect addition to the firm.” Ms. Tatel commented, “While I am sad to leave my colleagues at the FCC, I am looking forward to working with the great team at WBK. I have known and worked alongside members of Team WBK for years and am excited to witness first-hand the tenacity they bring to their clients’ advocacy.”

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law, is ranked as a “first tier” firm by Chambers USA (Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite: Regulatory), and Legal 500 (Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory), and was twice named “Law Firm of the Year” in communications law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers (2012 & 2014). The firm, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado, advises clients ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups in regulatory, transactional, privacy, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate and litigation matters involving all aspects of communications and energy law, at both the state and federal levels.

Ms. Tatel is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and can be reached at (202)383-3344 and at Additional information about Ms. Tatel can be found at