Joel L. Thayer, Phillips Lytle Associate

Joel L. Thayer

Washington, DC
(202) 617-2726
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Mr. Thayer focuses his practice on telecommunications, regulatory and transactional matters, as well as privacy and cybersecurity issues. He has represented clients in front of myriad legal and regulatory fora, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Thayer has also represented amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court and advised technology companies on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Additionally, Mr. Thayer’s practice extends to matters concerning both administrative and constitutional law.

Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Thayer served as Policy Counsel for ACT | The App Association, where he advised on legal and policy issues related to antitrust, telecommunications, privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property in Washington, DC. His experience also includes working as legal clerk for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. Additionally, Mr. Thayer served as a congressional staffer for the Hon. Lee Terry and Hon. Mary Bono.

Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2015
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A., 2011

Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Internet of Things Committee, Co-Chair
  • Hispanic Bar Association


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