David A. Gross

Chair Partner @ Wiley Rein

David A. Gross, Global Engagement Committee Chair, Meridian Board of Trustees

Ambassador Gross is one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. Drawing on his more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policy maker and corporate executive, he assists U.S. companies seeking to enter or expand international businesses, non-U.S. companies and organizations seeking to invest in, monitor and understand the U.S. and international markets, as well as national governments. Amb. Gross advises companies and others on international and domestic telecoms, Internet and high-tech strategy focusing on both specific markets and international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC), as well as many regional organizations.

Practice Areas

  • Communications
  • International Telecommunications Group, Chair
  • Privacy


  • J.D., Columbia Law School; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Representative Experience

  • Chaired the U.S. delegations to ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences (2002, 2006), ITU World Telecommunication Development Conferences (2002, 2006) and ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies (2004, 2008).
  • Led U.S. delegations to three APEC Ministerial Meetings in Shanghai, Lima and Bangkok.
  • Head U.S. government negotiator and head of delegation for the multilateral preparatory conferences for both phases of the United Nation's "Heads of State" World Summit on the Information Society and co-led the U.S. delegation to the formal Summits in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005). These were the largest UN Summits ever held with almost 20,000 delegates and a large number of heads of states and government.
  • Served as a member of the UN's Information and Communications Technologies Task Force (2001-2006).
  • Conducted bilateral discussions at senior levels with representatives of more than 70 countries.
  • Provided commercial and policy advocacy on behalf of U.S. companies in markets around the world.

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State (2001-2009). Had overall responsibility for the formulation and advocacy of international communications policy for the United States. Appointed by President Bush and confirmed (unanimously) by the U.S. Senate for the rank of Ambassador.
  • Washington Counsel, AirTouch Communications (acquired by Vodafone in 1999), then the world's largest wireless telecommunications company (1994-2000).
  • Private law practice (1979-1993).
  • Lectures before many groups on telecoms and ICT-related issues, including at colleges, universities and law schools in the United States, Canada, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen, Thailand, India, Israel, Bangladesh, France, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Rwanda, Vietnam, Egypt and Pakistan.


  • Treasurer, Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA).
  • International Bar Association (IBA).
  • Trustee, International Institute of Communications (2010-Present).
  • Board of Directors, Information Technology Industry Foundation (2010-Present).
  • Board of Trustees, Meridian International Center (2010-2013).
  • Chair, U.S. Council for International Business, Information, Communications and Technology Policy Committee.

Honors & Awards

  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "leading lawyer" in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law (2010).
  • ITU Silver Metal in recognition of outstanding contributions to the work of the ITU.
  • Rated in the top tier of regulatory communications attorneys by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2012-2013).
  • Many industry awards for international public service involving Internet and telecoms issues.