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LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2020 – Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that communications lawyer Zeb Zankel has joined the firm as a partner in its Communications, Internet and Technology Practice, expanding the group’s presence on the West Coast. Mr. Zankel represents communications service providers in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters.
“Zeb’s experience is a great asset to our clients and our firm and augments the capabilities of our nationally recognized Communications, Internet and Technology Practice,” said Katya Jestin, Jenner & Block’s co-managing partner. “Just as important, his values align well with the firm’s, particularly his passion for pro bono work.”
Mr. Zankel represents cable, wireless and fiber-optic service provider clients in rulemaking, adjudicatory and application proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state public utility commissions. These proceedings relate to network deployment, market competition, service affordability, interconnection agreements, California LifeLine, California Advanced Services Fund, California Teleconnect Fund and other issues. Mr. Zankel has helped secure state merger approvals for numerous companies, including T-Mobile, TeleQuality, Mitel and Altice. He has also secured state and local approvals to build aerial and underground fiber projects.
Mr. Zankel provides counsel on compliance matters involving California and other state communications laws and regulations, and has represented clients in government audits and investigations. He has drafted and negotiated fiber asset purchase agreements, and has represented companies and utilities in various litigation matters.
“Our communications group has national prominence, which Zeb’s reputation will only further enhance, particularly on the West Coast,” said Sam Feder, who co-chairs the firm’s Communications, Internet and Technology Practice. “His ability to appear before the CPUC with ease benefits all our clients who do business in California.”
Mr. Zankel began his law career as a judicial law clerk with the CPUC, where he drafted decisions in various energy and telecommunication proceedings and processed applications to provide utility service in California.
He is a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Northern California Chapter.
“I have worked with and across from Jenner & Block’s communications lawyers, and look forward to joining a team held in such high regard across the industry to help build out its West Coast footprint,” said Mr. Zankel. “I’m also excited to be a part of the firm’s rich tradition of pro bono work, which is a deeply important part of my own practice.”
Mr. Zankel earned his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief for the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal. He earned his BA with honors from Wesleyan University.