Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed Thomas M. Johnson, Jr. as FCC General Counsel. The Office of General Counsel serves as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and its various bureaus and offices. The Office of General Counsel also represents the Commission in litigation, recommends decisions in adjudicatory matters before the Commission, assists the Commission in its decision-making capacity,and performs a variety of legal functions regarding internal and other administrative matters.
Mr. Johnson will join the Commission from his position as deputy solicitor general for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Mr. Johnson has also worked at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and as a law clerk for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.When Mr. Johnson joins the Commission next week, Acting General Counsel Nick Degani will transition back to his role as senior counsel in the Office of Chairman Pai.