Julius Genachowski started work as the head of the Federal Communications Commission this week and quickly named his key staff. Appointments include litigator and former prosecutor Ed Lazarus as chief of staff, and, from the digital side, Sherrese Smith, most recently VP and general counsel of Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Digital, as legal advisor and CBS Mobile’s Daniel Ornstein as special assistant.
Lazarus joins the FCC from Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he was co-head of the global litigation practice. He was an assistant U.S.prosecutor and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.
—Colin Crowell, senior counselor: The veteran staffer for U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, has a broad role that includes particular responsibility for communications, legislative, intergovernmental affairs, and public liaison. Markey chaired the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and also was ranking minority member when Crowell worked for him.
—Bruce Liang Gottlieb, chief counsel and senior legal advisor: Gottleib was legal advisor for Commisioner Michael Copps, who was acting FCC chairman between the departure of Kevin Martin on Inauguration Day and now.(His listed credentials include writing for Slate.)
—Priya Aiyar, legal advisor: Aiyar, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, will focus on wireline competition and international issues.
—Sherrese Smith, legal advisor: Smith, formerly with Washington Post Digital has a strong background in intellectual property law and will focus on media, consumer and enforcement issues.
—Daniel Ornstein, special assistant to the chairman: Before Ornstein was at CBS (NYSE: CBS), he was at start-up Click.TV, bought by Cisco (NSDQ: CSCO) in 2007. What he’ll be doing at the FCC is unclear.
—Mary Beth Richards, special counsel for FCC Reform: FCC vet Richards will head a comprehensive program to provide openness and transparency at the agency.
By Staci D. Kramer