Leon Thomas Knauer
Leon Thomas Knauer, a founding partner of the firm, has specialized in domestic and international regulatory and transactional telecommunications representation for over three decades.
In addition to advising many broadcast, wireless, and telephone service providers in the United States, Mr. Knauer
has represented U.S. entities on telecommunications ventures in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and throughout Latin America.
has also assisted governments in drafting telecommunications regulations to liberalize markets and in negotiating concession agreements with strategic partners in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and the United States.
In addition, Mr. Knauer
has been involved in matters of some political consequence.
was counsel to the Nixon Re-Election Committee
and former Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans in the Watergate litigation and congressional Watergate hearings.
In addition, he represented President Reagan's Intelligence Oversight Board in testimony before the Congressional Committee established to investigate the Iran-Contra matter and was counsel to Admirals involved in the "Tailhook" affair.
Following his graduation from Fordham University in 1954, Mr. Knauer served as Commanding Officer, F Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division in Korea, Okinawa and Japan.
In 1961 he graduated from Georgetown University School of Law, where he was a member of The Georgetown Law Review.
then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles F. McLaughlin, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Over the years, Mr. Knauer has been an instructor at Georgetown University Law Center, a member of the Board of Editors of the Federal Communications Law Journal, a lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute on international trade matters, a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association and an active member in local, national and international bar associations.
Mr. Knauer is the lead editor of Telecommunications Act Handbook, A Complete Reference For Business (Government Institutes, 1996), and Beyond the Telecommunications Act, A Domestic and International Perspective For Business (Government Institutes, 1998).
has authored a number of articles on telecommunications including El Entorno Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones (Ministerio de Fomento, Spain, 1997), and La Privatización en Latinoamerica (Càmara Oficial de Comercio e Industria de Madrid, 1996).
Mr. Knauer has also spoken at a number of telecommunications seminars including Interconnection and Deregulation, Köln, Germany, Financiación y Gestión Privada De Infraestructuras De Interés Público, Madrid, Spain (1996), Regimen Juridico De Las Telecomunicaciones Por Cable, Madrid, Spain (1997), and Telecommunications: How To Live And Survive In The Global Village, sponsored by Istituto Per La Ricostruzione Industriale (IRI) S.p.A., Washington, DC (1997).
Presently, Mr. Knauer is Academic Counsel, Graduate Degree Institute (Master of Telecommunications Law), Pontifica Comillas University of Madrid, Spain.
By special act of the Austrian Senate, Mr. Knauer
was awarded the Officer's Cross for his
services to the Government of Austria over the years.
was the recipient of an award from the NAACP for his
efforts to combat racial discrimination in the broadcast industry.
is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.
Mr. Knauer has been president of a number of organizations, including Catholic Apostolate Mass Media, the Fordham University Alumni Association and the Thomas More Society of the United States.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the John Carroll Society, is a member of the International Communications Committee of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Knights of Malta), and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Association of the Knights of Malta.