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Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer A. Johnson
Washington +1 202 662 5552 Download V-card

Jennifer Johnson, co-chair of the firm's Communications and Media Practice Group, represents and advises content distributors, broadcast companies, trade associations, and other media entities on a wide range of issues.

Ms. Johnson also co-chairs the firm’s Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative. She collaborates with Covington's global, multi-disciplinary team to assist companies navigating the complex legal and regulatory constructs surrounding this evolving area.

Her practice includes:

  • regulatory and policy advocacy;
  • network affiliation and other programming agreements;
  • media joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions;
  • carriage negotiations with cable, satellite, telco and digital distribution companies;
  • media ownership and attribution; and
  • other strategic, regulatory and transactional matters.
  • Representing clients in the purchase and sale of broadcast properties, such as TEGNA Inc.’s $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo Corp., Raycom Media’s $987 million purchase of Liberty Corp.and Bonten Media Group’s purchase of BlueStone Television.   
  • Representing television industry associations on key legislative, FCC and industry issues, including spectrum allocation, media ownership, retransmission consent, and other issues impacting the integrity of the television broadcast service and spectrum.
  • Advising on and negotiating affiliation agreements with all of the major television networks and a number of emerging or niche networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW, Spanish-language networks, and diginets.
  • Representing television stations and other content providers in negotiating carriage agreements for traditional and digital distribution, including agreements with major cable, satellite and telco distributors such as DISH Network, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Comcast, and AT&T U-Verse.
  • Represented the CBS Television Network Affiliates Association and the NBC Television Affiliates on a wide range of legal, policy and business issues concerning network affiliates and the broadcast industry generally.

Pro Bono

  • Tougaloo College
  • Tahirih Justice Center
  • Public Interest Law Institute

Memberships and Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • ABA's Forum on Communications Law, Division Chair (2005-2008)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” - Washington DC Administrative/Regulatory Law (2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Administrative/Regulatory Law (2010-2018); Communications Law (2014-2018)
  • Chambers USA, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2007-2017) and Media & Entertainment (2016-2017)   
  • Legal 500 US, Telecoms and Broadcast (2008-2017)   
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, "Top 50 Women in Law" (2015); First Amendment/Media/Advertising (2009-2011, 2013-2017); Communications (2014-2017)       
  • Who’s Who Legal, Data: Telecoms & Media (2017-2018)    
  • Law360, Media & Entertainment Group of the Year (2012, 2014)