Johnson Appointed FCC General Counsel
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Comments

Thomas M. Johnson Jr. was appointed FCC general counsel. Acting General Counsel Nick Degani will transition back to his role as senior counsel in the Office of Chairman Ajit Pai.

“Because we cannot stray beyond the authority granted to us by Congress, the general counsel is one of the most important positions at the FCC,” said Pai. “Having myself worked in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, I know the hard work that goes on there. I am grateful that someone with Tom’s skill and experience is going to fill this vital role. Tom is an outstanding attorney and a strong leader.”

Johnson will join the commission from his position as deputy solicitor general for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Johnson has also worked at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and as a law clerk for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

“Nick once again stepped up when needed and did an outstanding job filling a temporary but fundamental need for the commission,” Pai said. “I welcome him back to my office and thank him for his tireless work.”

The Office of General Counsel serves as the chief legal advisor to the commission and its various bureaus and offices.

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