Gross, who will start working at Wiley Rein on March 16, spent the past eight years working as the senior official responsible for representing the U.S. on global telecommunications issues.
Richard Wiley, managing partner and chair of Wiley Rein's 80-lawyer communications practice, says he expects Gross' experience in government to allow the firm to broaden its international reach.
"David is an old friend of mine, and I admire the work he did while he was in government," Wiley tells the BLT. "I think he'll be advising some of our existing clients on international issues and soon he'll be advising clients that may not currently be with the firm."
Wiley says there is a lot going on in the communications field right now, and Gross' background in government will be a good complement to the practices strengths, especially on matters involving broadband spectrum licensing issues and international market access.
Given all of the gloom and doom in legal hiring these days, Wiley says he is pleased the firm was able to bring on Gross. He adds that the firm is not currently considering any layoffs.
Gross, who Wiley says is on vacation, could not be reached for comment.