Jeffrey H. Blattner
Chair, Public Policy Committee
A recognized expert in antitrust, copyright and complex legal policy matters, Jeff Blattner is an attorney and President of Legal Policy Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic consulting services to technology companies and other businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations. And Jeff recently shared the Matter of the Year Award from the Global Competition Review for his representation of Google, Inc. before the Federal Trade Commission.
A former Supreme Court law clerk with experience in all three branches of the federal government and in the private sector, Mr. Blattner has spent much of his professional career handling high-profile legal policy matters, on topics as diverse as antitrust, intellectual property, information technology, constitutional law, civil rights and judicial nominations. From 2006-08, Mr. Blattner was Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Special Counsel of XM Satellite Radio Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the successful effort to obtain regulatory approval of the merger with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Blattner was a partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Hogan & Hartson, LLP. While in private practice, Mr. Blattner advised clients on a variety of antitrust, intellectual property and legislative issues.
From 1998 through January 2001, Mr. Blattner was deputy assistant attorney general and special counsel for information technology in the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, where he supervised the United States v. Microsoft Corp. litigation for then-Assistant Attorney General Joel I. Klein, and worked on a number of other matters involving antitrust, technology and intellectual property. Klein told The New York Times that "Jeff's extraordinary legal skill, strategic acumen and sound judgment made him an invaluable adviser." Former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger described Mr. Blattner in The National Law Journal as “a truly talented strategic thinker.”
From 1987 through 1995, Mr. Blattner was on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Edward Kennedy, serving as Senator Kennedy's chief counsel from 1992-95. He advised the senator on a broad range of issues, including antitrust, copyright, technology, constitutional law, civil rights, judicial nominations, and the administration of justice. He was Kennedy's lead staffer on numerous bills, and played a key role in the enactment of two major civil rights laws, the Fair Housing Act of 1988 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. When the Civil Rights Act was enacted, Senator Kennedy said on the Senate floor, “Jeff Blattner’s outstanding work is well known to many of us on the Judiciary Committee. Throughout the past two years leading to this successful vote . . ., he mastered all of the complex details of this legislation. In doing so, he never lost sight of the fundamental goals we [were] trying to achieve, and the Nation is in his debt.” The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law gave Mr. Blattner its special recognition award for "extraordinary diligence and commitment to securing passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991." He was a guest speaker at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Jeff is as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University and previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Opportunity Agenda, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Working Group. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Vail Symposium.
Mr. Blattner worked on the Presidential Transitions of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. He has given speeches and lectures before numerous organizations, including the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Silicon Flatirons Conference at the University of Colorado, the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Computer Electronics Association, and before classes at Harvard Law School, American University Law School, and the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics. He has appeared on "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "Good Morning America," and "Burden of Proof" to discuss the Microsoft case.
Mr. Blattner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, in 1975, and from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1980. After graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Keeton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1980-81) and for Associate Justice Potter Stewart (retired) of the U.S. Supreme Court (1982-83).