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S. Jenell Trigg

Phone: 202-416-1090
Fax: 202-293-7783
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S. Jenell Trigg is the chair of Lerman Senter’s Privacy, Data Security and E-Commerce practice. She specializes in privacy and data security issues, intellectual property concerns, and government regulation of the internet and new technologies. She also maintains a varied practice in the broadcast, wireless, cable, internet, and telecommunications industries. Jenell’s practice includes advertising and marketing issues related to the Internet and mobile apps, TCPA and CAN-SPAM Act issues, e-commerce and PCI-DSS compliance issues, and development of privacy policies and website and online service terms of use agreements. Jenell also works with Internet and e-commerce start-ups and small businesses in meeting local, state, federal and international regulatory requirements.

As a former broadcast television sales and marketing executive for 16 years in two major markets, Jenell has a first-hand understanding of the practical impact of regulations on business operations and a company’s bottom line. She has an invaluable perspective on the FCC rulemaking and enforcement process, having served on the staffs of two FCC Commissioners and at the FCC Bureau/Office level.

Prior to private practice, Jenell served as Assistant Chief Counsel for Telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, where she directed involvement in communications and Internet issues and proceedings before the FCC, other federal and state government agencies, the White House, and Congress.

Jenell has been nationally recognized for her longstanding dedication and commitment to promoting minority, women, and small business ownership and employment in the media and communications industries. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council, and awards and recognition from other civil rights, public interest, and educational organizations.

Education and Certifications

  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • CUA’s Institute for Communications Law Studies, Certificate with honors
  • Northwestern University, B.S.
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
  • NABEF, Broadcast Leadership Training Program, Fellow

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Founder and Chair Emeritus of Privacy & Data Security Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Communications Law, Member of Governing Committee, and Founder and Chair Emeritus, ABA/FCBA Annual Privacy & Data Security Symposium
  • ABA Forum Women in Communications Law
  • CUA Law & Technology Institute Alumni Association, Past President
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs, Founding Member
  • Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, Board of Advisors, Founding Member Best Minds Committee, Internet & Telecom Task Force, and Policy Committee
  • National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation, Broadcast Leadership Training Program, Faculty
  • TPRC, Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, Program Committee


  • Included in Best Lawyers in America in Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Recognized by Lawyers of Distinction in Communications Privacy and Data Security
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

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