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Tedson J. Meyers ("Tedson" to all who know him) was an attorney with Coudert Brothers from 1996 to 2003, when he led a Communications Law group to the Firm. He has wide-ranging experience in regulatory counseling, in strategic planning, and in completing transactions in the fields of common carriage; space satellite systems, including satellite manufacturing, insurance and launching; advanced technology in transmission systems and computer science; broadcast law and network regulation; and equipment registration and certification. He has worked extensively in U.S. and international standards setting, including High Definition Television. He has counseled and represented foreign and domestic clients, both in U.S. and foreign regulatory environments.

Within Coudert Brothers, Mr. Meyers' responsibilities included the management of attorney teams addressing regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, defense procurement and international trade in the telecommunications field. His work also encompassed electronic commerce, data protection and privacy, promotion of High Definition Television, and direct satellite broadcasting, including digital audio services.

After departure from Coudert Brothers (the 150-year old firm was later dissolved), Mr. Meyers continued to advise individuals and companies throughout the United States while leading non-profit organizations noted in this website.

Mr. Meyers is recognized among the pioneers in international telecommunications law and is a veteran of telecommunication and broadcasting representations at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, and in other forums. He co-founded and chaired the International Telecommunications Committee in the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology and initiated the Legal and Regulatory Forums at the ITU's Telecom Conference series. He was an originating member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Panel on International Telecommunications Law and was a Director of the United States observance of World Communications Year in 1983.

Mr Meyers was an Adjunct Professor of Communication at San Diego State University, a Governor and President of the International Council for Computer Communication; Executive Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation; and Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress. Long committed to public service, Mr. Meyers is pro bono Counsel to a number of U.S. and international organizations. Among them are the Law Library of Congress' Global Legal Information Network, a digital database of statutes and rulings volunteered by many nations and distributed through NASA; the Cyber Century Forum in Washington, D.C.; the Center for Information Infrastructure and Economic Development (CIIED) in Beijing, PRC; and the Steering Group that conducted the recent Bicentennial of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

After serving as Counsel for Government Regulation, News and Public Affairs in the American Broadcasting Company, Mr. Meyers became Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the Honorable Newton N. Minow. Notable at the FCC was his much publicized negotiation to secure public television for the New York City area through transfer of Channel 13 to public service. Thereafter he served as Special Assistant to the Director, and Director of Educational Broadcasting Projects Overseas, in the United States Peace Corps. That assignment carried him to locations throughout the developing world, negotiating overseas with government leaders in aid of public radio and television services.

Mr. Meyers has spoken and published widely on a variety of topics in his field. Publications include: "Liability Limitations in International Data Traffic: The Consequences of Deregulation", 16 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 203 (1984); "Transborder Data Flows - The U.S. 'Non-perspective', Proceedings of the 1982 Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law, 110 (Ottawa, 1982); "A New Approach to Launch Contracts", Satellite Communications, October 1986 (with David G. Hanes, Esq.); "Forming International Alliances: The Pitfalls", Business Week Conference on Communications, 1993; "WTO Negotiations on Basic Telecommunications", U.S. Council on International Business Conference, 1996; Introduction, "Japan's Enemy is Japan", by Masao Yukawa, Tokyo, 1999; and "The Nature of Contemporary Practice in Communications Law", the Second Annual Grafstein Lecture at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (Toronto, October 2000). By invitation, he has represented the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Information Agency in addressing foreign business and government leaders on telecommunications issues.

A 1953 graduate of the Harvard Law School, Mr. Meyers was Founding President of the Harvard Student Legislative Research Bureau. He attended The Ohio State University, and received bachelor's and master's degrees from New York University. After Harvard, he served as a Company Commander in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea. An early participant in the reintegration of Washington's Adams-Morgan neighborhood, he was appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a member of the District of Columbia City Council (1972-1975).

Tedson is married to Arden Brannan Meyers. A father of three and stepfather of three more, he was a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., where he served as President from 1988-1990. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the East, and An International Who's Who of Telecom Lawyers.



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