WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Michael Hazzard has joined the Firm as a partner in its Government Regulation Practice. Mr. Hazzard, who will be based in the Firm's Washington Office, comes to Jones Day from Arent Fox, where he was a partner in that firm's Communications, Technology & Mobile Group.

Mr. Hazzard's practice focuses on information technology and telecommunications matters. He represents established and emerging companies seeking to develop and deploy innovative technology offerings across a wide array of industries, including advertising, consumer marketing, financial services, gaming, health care, and transportation, to name a few. This work necessarily requires him to counsel companies on cybersecurity and privacy matters. He routinely advises companies on state, federal, and international requirements related to "Big Data" matters, including data breach, collection, storage, use, and transfer. Mr. Hazzard has also advised clients on legal matters related to Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. As a natural extension of his counseling work, he represents companies subject to agency investigations and in federal and state court litigation matters.

"Mike's extensive experience, both as a litigator and as a representative for communications clients encountering regulatory issues, makes him a very valuable addition to Jones Day," said Noel Francisco, chair of Jones Day's Government Regulation Practice. "He has compiled an impressive record of handling matters that are of particular interest to many of our clients, and we are confident that he will be a great resource for both the office and the practice."

As a litigator, Mr. Hazzard has served as lead counsel in communications matters before federal courts of appeals, federal district courts, state courts, and state public service commissions. His recent litigation matters have involved the Communications Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule. He has also represented companies before the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

"When dealing with emerging technology matters, regulatory and competitive issues are very common and also very complex," said Kevyn Orr, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "Mike's arrival represents a welcome addition to our already strong capabilities in these areas. We are happy he's chosen to come to Jones Day."

Mr. Hazzard holds a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bar Associations, he was recently named a Recommended Lawyer by Legal 500.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 43 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.