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Sean A. Lev

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Sean Lev rejoined the firm as a partner in April 2014.  Over more than 20 years, and in both private practice and public service, Sean’s work has focused on solving complex regulatory problems and on administrative and appellate litigation.

Sean served as the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission from June 2012 through December 2013.  In that role, Sean was responsible for all legal advice provided to the Commission, including Chairman Wheeler, Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, and Chairman Genachowski.  Sean was also responsible for all Commission litigation.  Among other things, Sean argued the Open Internet case for the Commission in the D.C. Circuit and oversaw the federal court defense of the Commission’s overhaul of its Intercarrier Compensation and Universal Service regimes.  Sean was also heavily involved in the Commission’s review of major transactions and served as Director of the Commission’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force.  Prior to being named General Counsel, Sean served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Chairman.

Before coming to the FCC, Sean was designated by President Obama to serve as the Acting General Counsel of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from March through December 2011.  In that role, he was the chief legal officer for the Department, and provided advice on the full range of issues relevant to the Department’s mission, including those involving energy efficiency and renewable energy, oil and gas, environmental remediation, nuclear energy, and national security.  Sean also served as the Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs at DOE beginning in June 2009.

Sean was previously at the firm from 1996 until 2009, and was made a partner in 1999.  He started his career as an Honors Program attorney on the Civil Division, Appellate Staff at the United States Department of Justice.


Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992

  • Supervising Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1991-1992

Williams College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1988

  • Phi Beta Kappa


Law Clerk, Judge Patricia M. Wald, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1992-1993

Government Service

General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, June 2012-December 2013

Deputy General Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, January 2012-June 2012

Acting General Counsel, United States Department of Energy, March 2011-December 2011

Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Nuclear Programs, United States Department of Energy, June 2009-December 2011

Attorney, Appellate Staff, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1993-1996

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