Jennifer B. Tatel, Partner

Jennifer Tatel joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP from the Federal Communications Commission where she most recently served as Acting General Counsel. In that capacity, Ms. Tatel was responsible for the provision of legal and policy advice to the Chairman, Commissioners, Bureaus and Offices on all items under their consideration. In addition, Ms. Tatel maintained primary responsibility for the development of all legal advice related to fiscal, ethics, procurement, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law, as well as the overall management of the personnel and workload within OGC.

Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Tatel was Legal Advisor to Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, where she advised the Commissioner on media and consumer protection issues. She joined the FCC as Chief of the Media Bureau's Industry Analysis Division, where she was responsible for managing a staff of over 30 attorneys, economists, and other professionals. Under her leadership, the Division addressed a variety of issues, including large media mergers, video competition issues, and media ownership limitations.

Ms. Tatel is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, where she has previously served as a member of the Executive Committee. She is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Before joining the FCC, Ms. Tatel practiced communications and privacy law at a large Washington, D.C. law firm. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Tatel worked as a social worker for the District of Columbia's Child & Family Services Agency. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of The George Washington Law Review, Order of the Coif, and a Dean’s Fellow.

Federal Communications Bar Association - Past Member, Executive Committee, Past co-chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Cable Practice Committee, Wireless Telecommunications Practice Committee, Relations with Other Bar Associations Committee, Charity Auction Committee

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Speaker, The 2016 INCOMPAS Show, April 2016, “The Evolving Privacy and Cybersecurity Landscape”

Speaker, International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit, March 2014, “The FCC’s Role in Mobile Privacy”

Speaker, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Continuing Legal Education Seminar, February 2012, “Privacy in 2012: What to Watch Regarding COPPA, Mobile Apps, and Evolving Law Enforcement and Public Policy Trends”

Speaker, Media Financial Management Association Annual Conference 2010, “Ownership”

Speaker, National Association of Broadcasters Show 2008, “Coping with Copyright: From Performance Tax to Internet Streaming”

Speaker, ABA Forum on Communications Law, Representing Your Local Broadcaster 2007, “Regulatory Compliance: Follow the Red Tape Road”

Speaker, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Privacy Academy 2006, “U.S. and International Legal Standards for Information Security”

McNicholas, Edward R. & Jennifer Tatel, Competitive Privacy: Towards a New Area of Privacy Litigation?, Privacy Tracker 1(5) (International Association of Privacy Professionals July/August 2008)

Raul, Alan Charles, Edward R. McNicholas & Jennifer Tatel, Massive Government Data Breach Is An Information Security Wake-Up Call, Privacy & Data Security Law Journal 1(8) (July 2006) 


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U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
U.S. Courts of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 2007 Second Circuit, 2005, Third Circuit, Ninth Circuit, 2008
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2000
Virginia, 2000
District of Columbia, 2001


J.D., magna cum laude, George Washington University Law School, 2000
M.S.,Columbia University, 1993
B.S., University of Illinois, 1991


Administrative & Court Litigation
Broadband & IP-Enabled Services
Communications & Video Accessibility
Corporate & Commercial Transactions
FTC & Consumer Protection
International & Satellite Communications
Internet of Things
Media Content & Distribution
Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Unmanned Aircraft/Drones (UAS)
Wireless Communications
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