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Russell Hanser

Russell Hanser

Russell Hanser

Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Russell is a globally oriented attorney and policymaker with a passion for human rights, public health, and technology’s capacity to improve lives. He has nearly 20 years of experience in communications law and commercial litigation. His practice focuses on the regulation of next-generation broadband services and IP-enabled applications, information privacy, Universal Service, intercarrier compensation, and a range of other issues faced by the information and communications technology industry. His clients include wireline carriers, mobile wireless providers, cable operators, internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, private equity funds, and investment advisors.

Prior to joining the firm, Rusell worked at the Federal Communications Commission, where he held senior positions in the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of General Counsel and served as wireline legal advisor in the Office of Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy. Following law school, Russell clerked for Judge Norman H. Stahl on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

He earned his bachelor’s in political science from Amherst College, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his master’s in global policy from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where he teaches telecommunications law. He was previously an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire Law School and the George Washington University Law School. 

Russell joined the Board in 2018 and is enthusiastic about the power of technology to improve lives. He’s proud to be a part of Byte Back’s success in providing opportunities through digital literacy and tech training. 

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