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Jennifer Johnson, co-chair of Covington’s Internet of Things (IoT) group, represents and advises content distributors, broadcast companies, trade associations, and other media and technology entities on a wide range of issues. Ms. Johnson has more than two decades of experience advising clients in the communications, media and technology sectors, and has served as a co-chair for these practices for more than 15 years. On IoT issues, 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 compliance and policy advocacy;
  • media and technology joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions;
  • content carriage agreements with cable, satellite, telco and digital distribution companies;
  • network affiliation and other programming agreements for broadcasters and other media entities; and
  • other strategic, regulatory and transactional matters impacting media and technology companies.
  • Representing clients in the acquisition and sale of broadcast stations and media companies, including several multi-billion dollar television mergers.
  • Representing media companies and industry associations on key legislative, FCC and industry issues, including spectrum allocation, media ownership, retransmission consent, and other issues.
  • Advising on and negotiating affiliation and related 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 content rights and carriage agreements for traditional and digital distribution, including distribution by major cable, satellite, telco and OTT distributors and platforms.
  • Advising media and technology companies on legal developments pertaining to the Internet of Things.

Pro Bono

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

Memberships and Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Former Division Chair, ABA Forum on Communications Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” - Washington DC Administrative/Regulatory Law (2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Administrative/Regulatory Law (2010-2020); Communications Law (2014-2020)
  • Chambers USA, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2007-2019) and Media & Entertainment (2016-2018)   
  • Legal 500 US, Telecoms and Broadcast (2008-2017)   
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, "Top 50 Women in Law" (2015); Media & Advertising (2009-2011, 2013-2019); Communications (2014-2019)       
  • Who’s Who Legal, Data (2017-2020)    
  • Law360, Media & Entertainment Group of the Year (2012, 2014)