Washington, Jan. 22 -- The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Bruce Olcott has joined the Washington Office as a partner in the Government Regulation Practice. Formerly a partner in Squire Sanders' Washington office, he focuses on wireless, satellite, and wireline communications industry matters.

"At a time of rapid technology and structural change, Bruce brings us a broad and seasoned perspective on both regulatory and related transactional issues that will be very welcome to both communications industry players and other organizations looking to tap into the vast opportunities created by the industry," said Greg Shumaker, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office.

Mr. Olcott has a broad range of experience in communications law and policy. In addition to his focus on regulatory and transactional issues involving cellular, satellite, Internet, fiber optic, and broadband services, he has also represented government agencies, a major industry trade association, and aerospace manufacturers. Mr. Olcott assists clients in securing domestic and international authorizations for the acquisition, construction, and operation of global and regional communications networks and represents them in rulemakings and consultations before communications regulatory authorities, often seeking the elimination of legal and regulatory barriers to the provision of new services. 

"Bruce’s knowledge of communications regulation, foreign as well as domestic, will be of urgent interest to many of our clients around the world," said Noel Francisco, Chair of Jones Day's Government Regulation Practice. "We’re very glad he’s chosen to join us."

Mr. Olcott also has experience assisting clients with communications regulatory issues implicated by mergers, acquisitions, and other transactional matters, including structuring investment funds to comply with communications regulatory requirements. He has represented clients in the acquisition, auction, licensing, and leasing of spectrum, the coordination of spectrum sharing agreements, and the resolution of interference investigations and disputes. Mr. Olcott has advised clients on securing carriage and transmission capacity on satellite, wireless, and telecommunications networks, and obtaining indefeasible rights of use on fiber optic networks.

A graduate of Columbia University (J.D., with honors, senior editor, Columbia Law Review), and San Jose State University (B.A.), Mr. Olcott has served in management and operational capacities in broadcast television stations, radio stations, and a major cable television network prior to entering the practice of law.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 40 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.