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NIRALI PATEL -Doctor of Law, Special FCC



Nirali Patel (Left) and in group (Lto R) Brendan Carr , Mignon Clyburn, Ajit Pai,  Michael O'Rielly,   Jessica Rosenworcel --------(Ajit Pai-FCC Chairman with Commissioner)

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2018

—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of Nirali Patel as Special Counsel. Ms. Patel joins the Office of the Chairman from the Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr, where she has been serving as a Legal Advisor since August 2017.

“I’m pleased that Nirali is joining my office as Special Counsel,” said Chairman Pai. “She has a wide range of expertise and experience in communications law and policy issues and will be an asset to my team.”

  • Since Aug. 2017, She is Acting Legal Advisor, Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr. Ms. Patel advised on media, wireless, public safety, international, consumer protection, and enforcement matters.
  • Jan 2017, She is Deputy Chief, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau
  • Sep 2015 – Jan 2017: She was Counsel - Technology, Media & Telecommunications at Hogan Lovells US LLP.
  • Jan 2013 – Aug 2015: She was a Special Counsel - Communications, Media & Privacy

Nirali Patel got Doctor of Law - JD from American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Patel graduated summa cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.In 1972, Congress passed the Federal Advisory Committee Act to ensure that advice by advisory committees is objective and accessible to the public.

Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.