Jon Nuechterlein is a partner and co-leader of the Communications Regulatory practice at Sidley Austin LLP, where he focuses on telecommunications law, antitrust, online privacy, and appellate litigation. Before joining the firm in March 2016, he served as General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission, representing the Commission in court and overseeing its appellate litigation activities. Jon simultaneously served as Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition in several antitrust investigations.
Between 2001 and 2013, Jon was a partner at WilmerHale in Washington DC, where he chaired the firm’s Communications, Privacy, and Internet Law practice group. From 2000–2001, he served as Deputy General Counsel of the FCC, where he coordinated the defense of FCC orders in the federal courts of appeals and provided legal advice to the Chairman and Commissioners. From 1996 to 2000, he was an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he presented seven arguments to the Supreme Court on behalf of the federal government and drafted the government’s briefs in many additional cases.
Jon is a former law clerk to Judge Stephen Williams of the D.C. Circuit (1990–91) and Supreme Court Justice David Souter (1991–92). He graduated from Yale Law School (1990) and Yale College (summa cum laude, 1986).