Outgoing counsel presided over net neutrality challenge

The FCC’s general counsel Austin Schlick is stepping down and will be succeeded by Sean Lev, deputy general counsel and special adviser to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.

Schlick, whose departure is effective in mid-June, has been in his position since June 2009, having previously served as chief of litigation for the state of Maryland.

Lev came to the FCC from the Department of Energy, where he had been acting general counsel and deputy general counsel for environment and nuclear programs.

Among other things, Schlick presided over the court challenges to the FCC’s authority to impose net neutrality rules, including a challenge from Verizon that is still pending. The FCC said that during his tenure the commission prevailed in 90% of cases that challenged orders issued by the Genachowski commission.

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