Fernando Laguarda is Professorial Lecturer and Director of the Program on Law & Government at the American University Washington College of Law. Previously, he served as Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor for Time Warner Cable, where he helped the company develop and advance its policy positions, focusing on consumer protection, competition issues, intellectual property and telecommunications regulation. He also oversaw the company’s relationships with non-governmental policy stakeholders such as civil rights and human rights organizations, think tanks, foundations, academic institutions and public interest groups. In 2010, Fernando founded and served as inaugural Director of the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications, the first program of its kind seeking to expand relevant scholarship in the cable and telecommunications industries.
Prior to Time Warner Cable, Fernando was a partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC. In private practice, he advised and represented a wide range of communications, entertainment industry, health care and technology clients in proceedings before trial and appellate courts and regulatory agencies. He previously worked as a Budget Analyst in the Office of Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and prior to that as a bilingual social worker.
Fernando is currently Chair of TPRC, the research conference on Internet, Telecommunications and Technology. He previously served as General Counsel and then as Board Chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, an appointed member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, and as a member of numerous non-profit boards, including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Corporate Alliance, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and the Harvard Alumni Association.