Wiley Rein has added a former U.S. Department of Commerce official to the Washington office. Anna Gomez has joined the firm as partner in the communications practice. Previously, Gomez served as deputy assistant secretary for communications and information with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. At the agency, she developed and advocated communications policies before state and local governments, international organizations, foreign governments, private organizations, federal agencies and the U.S. Congress.
Her accomplishments include successfully overseeing the information administration’s digital television transition program and creating a new $7 billion public safety broadband network program housed within the agency. Formerly, Gomez has spent 12 years at the Federal Communications Commission in the office of the chairman, the Wireline Competition Bureau and finally as deputy chief of the International Bureau.
Jay Ryan has moved from Van Ness Feldman to Baker Botts’ Washington office. Ryan joins as partner in the global projects practice and counsels electric utilities, renewable resources, developers, hydroelectric licensees, investment banks and private equity firms on transactional, regulatory and litigation matters related to the energy industry.
Previously, he was a partner serving on Van Ness Feldman’s executive committee. Ryan has experience working on matters that include the operation of wholesale power markets and regional transmission organizations, transmission and generation development, licensing and relicensing of hydroelectric assets, asset acquisitions, due diligence and divestitures, liquefied natural gas exports and compliance issues arising under federal and state energy and environmental laws.