WBK Wins Cooley Attorney As Its Newest Partner


A Cooley partner who joined the law firm’s Washington, D.C. office in early 2014 after a 16 1/2 year run as a partner at Dow Lohnes PLLC has joined Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP as partner.

Anne Swanson joins the firm that’s home to such prolific D.C. communications attorneys as David Oxenford, bringing a bevy of administrative law experience and a deep expertise in unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) technology and regulatory polices to the firm.

Swanson’s more recent focus has been on spectrum issues and emerging technologies such as drones and smart transportation. She has advocated before the FCC, the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Before entering private practice, Ms. Swanson clerked for the Honorable Charles B. Renfrew in the Northern District of California, and the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the Seventh Circuit. Swanson has also served in the White House as editor of the President’s daily news summary and as a National Security Council staff intern.

Swanson is also president of the D.C. Capital Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and serves as vice chair of AUVSI’s national Presidents’ Council. She is a former Federal Communications Bar Association President and former member on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications.

Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, said, Anne is a longtime leader in our Bar and her deep experience in exciting new technologies, and drones in particular, is a great fit for our growing practice. We can’t wait to get started together!

Swanson added, “WBK’s reputation in the communications and energy fields is exceptional, and I have long admired its positive and supportive culture.  I look forward to being a part of the team!”

Wilkinson Barker Knauer is one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law.