Bob joined WBK from AT&T, retiring after working there for over 30 years from his first job as a 4-1-1 operator in the old Bell System to his last job leading all of AT&T’s global political and regulatory operations across the world. While with AT&T, Bob played many different roles over the years including litigating arbitrations in the aftermath of the Telecom Act all the way to running AT&T’s FCC regulatory team during the net neutrality battles at the FCC.
His most challenging assignment was the five years he spent as AT&T’s Chief Privacy Officer grappling with the difficult issues created by a world moving increasingly towards a data-driven economy. Bob and his team worked side-by-side with AT&T’s Big Data team to build the data policies around the creation of AT&T’s Big Data capabilities. With the emergence of GDPR in the European Union and the California Consumer Act here in the U.S., those issues are becoming even more complex and challenging. He has been at the front of the largest telecommunications policy debates of this century — drop him a note to see what our WBK Privacy and Data Security team can do for your company.
Honors and Leadership Positions
- WETA Board of Trustees
- States and ISP Common-Carrier Requirements: A Tale of Two Courts (Washington Legal Foundation, June 22, 2021)
- FCC vs. State and Local Governments in Court: Preemption in the Name of Broadband Deployment (Washington Legal Foundation, Aug. 18, 2020)
- Fight over TCPA’s Constitutionality Advances to U.S. Supreme Court (Washington Legal Foundation, Feb. 18, 2020)
- Latest FCC Preemption Orders Part of Campaign to Support National Broadband Infrastructure (Washington Legal Foundation, Aug. 12, 2019)
- Fourth Circuit Severs Exemption from TCPA on First Amendment Grounds (Washington Legal Foundation, May 8, 2019)