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Covington & Burling LLP

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Jennifer Johnson

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Covington & Burling LLP

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Counsels content distributors, broadcast companies, trade associations and other media entities in developing and pursuing strategic business and policy objectives before the FCC and Congress and through transactions and other business arrangements. Clients draw particular benefit from her expertise in network/affiliate issues, spectrum issues, retransmission consent and other distribution arrangements, and other policy and business issues facing the media industry. Ms. Johnson also assists investment clients in structuring, evaluating and pursuing potential media investments.


Partner and Co-Chair of Covington’s Communications and Media Practice; former Co-Chair of Covington's Technology and Media Group


Harvard Law School, JD, 1994 (cum laude)

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Covington & Burling LLP, which ‘provides excellent service across the regulatory arena’, fields a team of highly regarded practitioners, including Yaron Dori, Mace Rosenstein and Jennifer Johnson. Recent highlights for Dori include advising on the regulatory issues relating to CenturyLink’s acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Berkshire Partners’ acquisition of Masergy Communications and Madison Dearborn Partners’ acquisition of; Dori has also advised various communications clients on the implementation of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules. Johnson, who is co-chair of the firm’s communications and media practice, has notable expertise advising television industry clients, and recently advised several television industry associations on legislation issues such as spectrum allocations, media ownership and broadcast matters. Rosenstein, who is a prominent figure in the industry, successfully represented CBS, Scripps Networks Interactive, The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, among others, at the DC Circuit in a challenge to the FCC’s policies relating to public disclosure of business information.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Covington & Burling LLP stands out for its high-profile transactional expertise and counts Univision, CBS and The Walt Disney Company as some of its key clients. Mace Rosenstein, who is co-chair of the firm’s media, internet and technology group, recently advised Altice on its $18bn acquisition of Cablevision Systems and its $9.1bn acquisition of Suddenlink. Other noteworthy names in the department include Yaron Dori, who advises across telecoms, privacy and consumer protection law; Robyn Polashuk in Los Angeles, who specializes in the licensing of television networks and programming across several platform types; and Jennifer Johnson, who is co-chair of the communications and media group and focuses on television-related matters, regularly acting for content distributors, broadcast companies and trade associations. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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