John Nakahata: John is a partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. His practice focuses on telecommunications, cable and Internet regulation before the courts, Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, Congress and the Administration. His clients include large and small telecommunications, Internet, hardware, software, terrestrial wireless companies and cable companies. He has also testified as an expert witness on telecommunications regulatory issues.
Mr. Nakahata is widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable common carrier lawyers. He has had substantial involvement with, and helped to lead, the major FCC intercarrier compensation, access reform and universal service proceedings since 1996. During his tenure at the FCC from 1995-1998, Mr. Nakahata was one of the principal architects of the FCC’s implementation of the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996. He was responsible for guiding the development of the FCC’s “competition trilogy” of interconnection, universal service and interstate access charge orders, and for helping to shape the FCC’s approach to Bell applications to provide long distance telephone service.
A past Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Enforcement Practice Committee, Mr. Nakahata also has represented carriers before the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, with respect to formal complaints, informal complaints, and FCC investigations. He has successfully negotiated Consent Decrees and other favorable dispositions on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Nakahata is recognized as a leading telecommunications lawyer in numerous publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.