Partner, Venable, LLP
Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett is Chair of Venable's Telecommunications Group and a partner in the firm's Cybersecurity Practice. He has an unusual combination of experience in public safety communications, emergency communications, 9-1-1, alerting, cybersecurity, Universal Service Fund (USF), Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), FirstNet, national defense, homeland security, This experience is highly valuable to clients in telecommunications, defense and utilities industries as well as other critical infrastructures. He has designed and executed major campaigns for clients on FCC rulemakings and proceedings, coordinating legal research, Congressional lobbying, messaging, advocacy group coalitions, media relations and grassroots efforts.
He was named a Top Lawyer in DC for Cybersecurity by Washingtonian Magazine for 2015.
Admiral Barnett has had a distinguished career in the public and private sector. A surface warfare officer, he has over 30 years of experience in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and serving as Deputy Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Director of Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. Among other personal awards, he has received four Legion of Merit medals.
In addition to his military service, Admiral Barnett served as the Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission where he executed major cybersecurity initiatives. As Chief of the Bureau, Admiral Barnett created the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division at the FCC. He also led major rulemakings and projects in public safety interoperability, emergency alerting and Next Generation 9-1-1, working closely with industry and government stakeholders. Under his leadership, the Bureau proposed major initiatives for Next Generation 9-1-1. He worked actively on a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network for first responders (FirstNet), including a rulemaking that designated the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for that network. He established the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division in his bureau and led the Commission’s team in developing policy to fight botnets and improve the security of Internet routing and the Domain Name System. He proposed the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, which occurred on November 9, 2011.
He has also testified before Congress and is a noted speaker on cybersecurity.
He holds an active Top Secret security clearance.
For nearly 20 years, Admiral Barnett worked as an attorney in private practice. He represented cities, counties, school districts, law enforcement agencies and development authorities in the board room and in state and federal court advising on a range of topics including constitutional law, governmental liability, personnel and employment law, education and school law, policy development, legislation, procurement, and ethics.
Prior to joining Venable, Admiral Barnett served as Senior Vice President for National Security Policy at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a premier not-for-profit science and technology policy research institution in the Washington, DC area. He remains a Senior Fellow of Potomac Institute.
Jamie Barnett received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was named the Dean Parham Williams Outstanding Student, and his undergraduate degree from the University, where he was President of the student body and member of the Hall of Fame.