March 1, 2017

Former FCC Legislative Affairs Deputy Director Sean Conway Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer - March 1, 2017

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is pleased to announce that Sean Conway has joined the firm. Sean brings over six years of communications regulatory experience, both in private practice and in various roles at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Sean began serving at the FCC as Attorney Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau, where he was one of the lead drafters in a rulemaking proceeding to modernize the E-rate program. He also served as Legal Advisor in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, advising on policy matters in the wireless industry, including competition, accessibility, licensing, and spectrum use issues. Most recently, he had been Deputy Director in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the FCC. Prior to his time at the FCC, Sean was an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, as a member of the policy and regulatory practice group, where he represented clients before Congress, the FCC, the Federal Trade Commission, and other regulatory agencies. He has also worked as an attorney for Sol Systems LLC, advocating before state utility commissions, and as a legal fellow for the Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Conway was a legislative aide for then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

While attending law school at the University of Virginia, Sean was the Executive Editor of Virginia Law Weekly and actively involved in student organizations. He received a B.A. in history and government from The College of William & Mary, graduating magna cum laude and competing as a Division I Track & Field athlete. He is actively involved in the DC community, coaching a Special Olympics DC basketball team.

Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, said, “We are excited to have Sean on Team WBK, where his government and private sector experience, intellect, penchant for teamwork, and can-do attitude will fit nicely with the culture of the firm. As an added bonus, it is also widely expected that he will significantly lower the average mile time on the WBK road running team.” Mr. Conway commented, “WBK has a stellar reputation as a great place to work, and it has a dynamic and thriving telecommunications practice. I look forward to joining the team.”

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.

Mr. Conway is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and can be reached at 202-383-3412 and at

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