The Role of the Communications Attorney



The many roles and responsibilities of this everchanging and dynamic career are discussed here.

S. JENELL TRIGG, ESQ.,CIPP/US
Member and Chair, IP and New Technology Media Practice Group, Lerman Senter PLLC

S. Jenell Trigg, a former broadcast television sales and marketing executive spanning a sixteen-year advertising career in the Chicago and Baltimore markets is Chair of Lerman Senter PLLC’s Intellectual Property and New Media & Technology Practice Group. In addition to her varied practice in the broadcast, wireless, cable, and telecommunications industries, Ms. Trigg specializes in privacy and data security issues, intellectual property concerns, government regulation of the Internet and new technologies. She is accredited as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Her practice includes advertising and marketing issues related to the Internet and mobile, data security, security breach and PCI-DSS issues, development of privacy policies and terms of use agreements, CPNI issues, social network platform issues, and contractual negotiations with third party service providers.

Ms. Trigg is also a recognized authority on small, women and minority telecommunications business issues from an industry, regulatory, and legislative perspective, and has worked as a consultant and subject matter expert with the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age since its inception. She is also a member of the Diversity Committee’s Funding Acquisition Taskforce. She has been involved in the enactment and implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including its stimulus funds for broadband and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) development of the National Broadband Plan as a consultant to governmental, industry, and public interest organizations, and as a panelist and/or consultant for various FCC workshops.

Prior to private practice, Ms. Trigg served as Assistant Chief Counsel for Telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy, United States Small Business Administration. She was also the first Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for The Telecom Opportunity Institute, a non-profit corporation that promoted career and training opportunities in telecommunications for disadvantaged youth, minorities and women.

While in law school, Ms. Trigg worked at the FCC, first as a full-time Law Clerk to Commissioners Rachelle B. Chong and Susan Ness, in addition to a part-time Law Clerk to then-General Counsel, William E. Kennard, a former FCC Chairman. She was also the Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst for the Office of Communications Business Opportunities where she worked on the FCC’s initial implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Prior to the FCC, Ms. Trigg was National Sales Manager and Director of Marketing for WJZ-TV, the now-CBS Corporation owned and operated television station in Baltimore, Maryland. She also worked at WMAQ-TV NBC5 and WFLD-TV FOX 32 in Chicago as a Senior Account Executive, and was involved in the launch of the market’s first Ten O’clock News as Director of Marketing for WBFF, FOX 45 in Baltimore.

Ms. Trigg was also a 2003 Fellow in the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) Program and currently serves as a member of the BLT faculty and lectures on privacy and data security issues.


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