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Jennifer Johnson is a partner specializing in communications, media and technology matters who serves as co-chair of Covington’s global and multi-disciplinary Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative. She represents and advises content distributors, broadcast companies, trade associations, and other media and technology entities on a wide range of issues. Ms. Johnson has more than two decades of experience advising clients in the communications, media and technology sectors, and has served as a co-chair for these practices for more than 15 years. On IoT issues, she collaborates with Covington's global, multi-disciplinary team to assist companies navigating the complex statutory and regulatory constructs surrounding this evolving area, including legal issues with respect to connected and autonomous vehicles, internet connected devices, smart ecosystems, and other IoT products and services.

Ms. Johnson assists clients in developing and pursuing strategic business and policy objectives before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress and through transactions and other business arrangements. She regularly advises clients on FCC regulatory matters and advocates frequently before the FCC. Ms. Johnson has extensive experience negotiating content acquisition and distribution agreements for media and technology companies, including program distribution agreements with cable, satellite, and telco companies, network affiliation and other program rights agreements for television companies, and agreements providing for the aggregation and distribution of content on over-the-top app-based platforms. She also assists investment clients in structuring, evaluating, and pursuing potential investments in media and technology companies.

  • Representing media companies and private equity firms in the acquisition and sale of broadcast stations and media companies, including several multi-billion dollar television mergers.
  • Representing media and technology companies and industry associations on key legislative, FCC and industry issues, including spectrum allocation, media ownership, retransmission consent, and other issues.
  • Advising on and negotiating affiliation and related agreements with all of the major television networks, as well as other network and content acquisition agreements with other program suppliers.
  • Representing television stations and other content providers in negotiating content rights and carriage agreements for traditional and digital distribution, including distribution by major cable, satellite, telco and OTT distributors and platforms.
  • Advising media and technology companies on legal issues and developments pertaining to the Internet of Things, including regulations impacting connected and automated vehicles, smart devices and other internet connected technologies.

Pro Bono

  • Tougaloo College
  • Tahirih Justice Center
  • Public Interest Law Institute

Memberships and Affiliations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Former Division Chair, ABA Forum on Communications Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” - Washington DC Administrative/Regulatory Law (2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Administrative/Regulatory Law (2010-2020); Communications Law (2014-2020)
  • Chambers USA, Media & Entertainment (2016-2018) and Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2007-2019)   
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, "Top 50 Women in Law" (2015); Media & Advertising (2009-2011, 2013-2020); Communications (2014-2020)       
  • Who’s Who Legal, Data (2017-2020)    
  • Law360, Media & Entertainment Group of the Year (2012, 2014, 2019)