Washington-area based telecommunications, media, and technology law firm Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Jeffrey A. Mitchell has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Jeffrey brings with him more than two decades of Telecommunications experience both in private practice and in multiple roles for the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).

The constant for these endeavors is his abiding interest in rural broadband and universal service. With USAC, he directed a $100 million compliance audit program of participants in the Universal Service Fund under close oversight from the FCC’s Inspector General. After leaving USAC, Jeff helped persuade the FCC to enlarge and modernize the Rural Health Care Federal Universal Service program—thus ensuring that health care providers would have the broadband capabilities to properly treat their patients.

Jeff received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. While there, he was a member of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy in International Business. He also earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, majoring in English. A well-rounded student, he worked in a pathology laboratory as an undergraduate, once attending an autopsy for a class project. In the spirit of noblesse oblige, Jeff shares his insights as a frequent panelist on the importance of broadband policy to healthcare–most recently at the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law’s Executive Telehealth Summit in 2018.

“I know our clients will immediately benefit from Jeff’s wealth of knowledge,” said co-managing member Dan Kirkpatrick. “With his exceptional legal skills and great experience, we are thrilled to add him to our growing practice.”

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth attorneys pride themselves in their ability to get in-the-weeds on broadcast policy. Jeff will fit right in with his firsthand broadcast experience as a disc jockey at WCBN-FM, 88.3, Ann Arbor.

“I am delighted to join the distinguished team at FHH working on a wide array of cutting edge legal and policy issues in Telecommunications and Media. I anticipate continuing the exciting work of working with great clients and committed policymakers to ensure all Americans have affordable access to high-speed broadband.”

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