John Flynn is co-chair of the firm’s Communications, Internet, and Technology Practice and a partner in its Washington, DC office. He represents telecom, media, and technology companies in a wide variety of matters, including merger proceedings and other government investigations, technology-related litigation, internet and wireless regulatory issues, and telecommunications transactions. In achieving results for clients, Mr. Flynn draws on more than 25 years of communications and technology experience spanning government, private practice, and the private sector. He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and the Legal 500, which calls him a “tough, fair problem-solver.”
Mr. Flynn represents clients before federal agencies on telecommunications and antitrust issues, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission. His merger-related work includes securing approval for the Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House transaction and T-Mobile-Sprint merger. While previously serving as Senior Counsel for Transactions to the FCC’s Chairman, Mr. Flynn led the FCC’s review of the Comcast-NBCU deal and helped create the first set of rules to address sharing of video programming with internet video distributors.
In litigation matters, Mr. Flynn represents clients in cases involving technology and communications issues, including antitrust class actions, content licensing disputes, and appeals. Mr. Flynn is also a member of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Litigation Group.
On the regulatory front, Mr. Flynn’s practice includes counseling on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, spectrum auctions and other wireless policy issues, net neutrality, telecommunications support programs, and privacy issues.
In addition to his government and private practice experience, Mr. Flynn has served as a General Counsel/Deputy General Counsel of three publicly traded technology companies, two of which he helped take public. In his last GC role, he led a team that won the largest jury verdict in 2008.
Mr. Flynn received his JD, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, where he served as the Senior Notes and Comments Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He received his MA in International Policy Studies and AB in Political Science, with distinction, from Stanford University. Mr. Flynn clerked for the Hon. Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1995 and Justices Byron R. White and John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996-97. He is a member of the Bars of California and District of Columbia.