WASHINGTON, D.C.— Womble Bond Dickinson has added a telecom industry insider to its Communications, Technology & Media team with the addition of former Lumen VP and FCC Counsel Jeff Lanning. He joins the DC-based team as Of Counsel.

Lanning has nearly 30 years of experience in the telecom sector. At Womble Bond Dickinson, Lanning will help industry clients in regulatory advocacy and compliance matters. He also has experience in business strategy as well as in telecom industry transactions, and holds an MBA from The Wharton School. Lanning has particular experience working with clients serving rural broadband customers.

Lanning comes to the firm from Lumen (formerly CenturyLink), the nation’s fourth largest telecom provider, where he served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. In that role, he guided the company’s strategy in all pertinent federal issues and regulatory matters, including Universal Service Fund and other support programs, market entry and exit, Internet regulation, consumer protection, video, numbering, and intercarrier compensation.

From 1994 to 2000, Lanning practiced with the FCC, including as an attorney in the Competition Division of the Office of the General Counsel, and as Special Counsel chairing the FCC’s Biennial Review Task Force and co-founding its Competitive Analysis Task Force. Jeff has also served as the Associate General Counsel of US Telecom and in senior management roles in the private sector. 

“We are incredibly excited to have Jeff join our team. Jeff is well-known and highly respected in telecom circles, brings a wealth of business and legal experience and significant depth to issues that are critically important to our clients, as well as a client’s perspective to our team. We are delighted to have him here at Womble, and working with us to help meet the critical needs of our Communications, Technology & Media clients,” said Marty Stern, who leads the firm’s interdisciplinary Communications, Technology & Media Sector Team