Fernando R. Laguarda
Fernando Laguarda is Of Counsel to HWG and a professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he serves as Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Government. For more than two decades, Fernando has helped telecommunications, media and technology companies address complex policy and regulatory issues. An experienced coalition builder, Fernando has worked with – and within – organizations ranging from corporations, academic institutions, and public interest groups.
Fernando previously served as Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor for Time Warner Cable, where he helped the company develop and advance its policy positions, focusing on consumer protection, competition issues, intellectual property, and telecommunications regulation. He served as the company’s principal policy advisor on diversity, inclusion and accessibility, and oversaw the company’s relationships with external stakeholders such as civil rights organizations, think tanks, foundations, academic institutions, and public interest groups. In 2010, Fernando founded and served as inaugural Director of the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications, the first program of its kind seeking to expand relevant scholarship in the cable and telecommunications industries. Fernando also launched the company’s nationwide partnership to offer digital literacy and skills training to students and families without home broadband access in majority Latino communities.
Prior to Time Warner Cable, Fernando was a partner at HWG and, before that, at Mintz Levin. In private practice, he led coalitions and advised a wide range of communications, media, and technology clients in proceedings before trial and appellate courts and regulatory agencies, including the FCC, FTC, DOJ, Department of Commerce, NTIA and Copyright Office.
Fernando has lectured extensively on legislation, public law and regulation, and antitrust, with a focus on regulated industries. He is currently Chair of TPRC, a leading research conference on internet, telecommunications and technology policy and a Director of the Future of Privacy Forum. He previously served as an appointed member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, as General Counsel and then as Board Chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and as a member of numerous non-profit boards, including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Corporate Alliance, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and the Harvard Alumni Association.