Gerard Waldron is a partner in the Washington office. His practice focuses on communications, technology, energy, and climate policy.
Mr. Waldron has more than 25 years of experience in law and public policy. He most recently served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. In these public service roles, Mr. Waldron has been deeply involved in all major energy and climate related legislation in the House of Representatives over the past two years, including passage of the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. At Covington, he utilizes that expertise to advise clients in the firm’s clean energy and climate industry group on policy and legislative issues affecting climate change, clean tech, and energy efficiency, including issues affecting development of smart grid infrastructure that arise at the convergence of communications and energy law and policy.
During his prior tenure at the firm, Mr. Waldron's practice focused on regulatory and legislative matters affecting the communications and IT industries. He represented broadband companies, high-tech and Internet content companies, wireline and wireless telephone companies, sports leagues, broadcasters and investors on matters before the FCC, Congress, and state commissions, as well as in industry and company negotiations. Chambers USA ranked him as one of the leading regulatory lawyers in Telecom, Broadcast and Satellite.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Waldron served for nearly nine years on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, and as the Senior Counsel of its House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, working on the 1992 Cable Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, CALEA, auction legislation, and the precursor to the 1996 Telecommunications Act. He was also the Senior Policy Analyst on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy Conservation and Power and legislative assistant on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.
Honors and Rankings
- Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Communications Law (2007-2008; 2012-2013)
- Recognized by Legal 500 US for Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory (2012)
- Recognized by International Who’s Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers (2007)
- Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Regulatory lawyer (2007)
- Recognized by PLC IT Handbook for his work in broadband (2006)
Memberships and Affiliations
- Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Institute for Communications Law Studies (1999-present)
Publications and Speeches