Geoffrey G. Why

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  • Boston College Law School (J.D.)
  • Boston College (B.A.)

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Biography

Geoffrey has substantial experience in prominent policy and legislative issues affecting the cable, broadband, wireline, and wireless industries. Prior to joining Verrill Dana, he was a partner at a large Boston-based law firm (2014-2016). Before entering private practice, he served as the Commissioner (2009–2014) and General Counsel (2007-2009) of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC). In his role as Commissioner, Geoffrey directed all administrative, legal, and policy priorities for the department. Drawing on this extensive industry experience, Geoffrey represents clients before state public utilities commissions and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

While Commissioner, Geoffrey led the DTC on a number of fronts, including spearheading state interests at the FCC regarding the wireless spectrum auction, public safety, broadband deployment, IP transition, and Universal Service Fund reform. He also was heavily involved in adjudicating cable rate cases, handling interconnection disputes, and enabling wireless companies to do business in the Commonwealth as “eligible telecommunications carriers.” In addition, Geoffrey initiated investigations regarding telephone service quality and the federally funded Lifeline program. He also chaired the FCC’s Section 706 Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services and co-chaired the North American Numbering Council. In addition, he was a member of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners.

Prior to his positions at the DTC, Geoffrey served as an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division (2001 - 2007), where he investigated and litigated matters related to consumer protection and antitrust law and specialized in enforcement actions with telecommunications and cable companies. He was co-chair of the Attorney General's Diversity Committee (2003 - 2007), and in 2006, was presented the Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence by the Attorney General for his work on behalf of Massachusetts consumers. Geoffrey also has served as assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Appellate Division.

Geoffrey lives with his wife, Annamarie, and their two sons in Watertown, MA. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a professional photographer for 7 years. He continues to enjoy photography as a hobby and also downhill skis in the winter and follows the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox in the summer.

Public Service

Board Member, Asian Community Development Corporation 
Board Member, Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund
President, St. Paul's Choir School Parent Guild (2015 - 2017)
Vice Chair, St. Paul's Choir School Advisory Board
Past Commissioner and Vice Chair, Massachusetts Asian-American Commission
Adjunct Professor, Boston College Law School, "Administrative Practice," 
    (2016 - Present)

Memberships

Past Member, Boston College Law School Alumni Board 
Past Board Member, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; 
    Past member, Telecommunications Committee 
Past Chair, FCC's Section 706 Joint Conference on Advanced 
    Telecommunications Services 
Past Co-Chair, FCC's North American Numbering Council; Tri-chair, Selection 
    Working Group 
Past Member of the FCC's Communications, Security, Reliability and 
    Interoperability Council 
Past Co-Chair, Massachusetts Attorney General's Diversity Committee 
Past Board Member, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts 
Past Board Member, Massachusetts Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights 
Past Member of New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners

Education

  • Boston College Law School (J.D.)
  • Boston College (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.

Honors

Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, 2016 Community
    Service Award
Outstanding Service Award, New England Conference of Public Utilities 
    Commissioners (2014) 
The Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence, Office of the Attorney 
    General of Massachusetts (2006)