From The Hill To M Street For An AU Law Student


WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the last several years, a student at the American University Washington College of Law in Tenleytown has built himself a formidable Capitol Hill resume, including his most recent role as a Legislative Director to Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.).

Now, this individual is poised to take a position at a respected communications law firm just steps from NAB headquarters — and a popular Shake Shack on Connecticut Avenue.

Joining Wilkinson Barker Knauer as a Lead Policy Advisor is Alex Damato.

He has an extensive background in telecommunications law and policy issues, and has worked in the Rayburn HOB office of Matsui, who represents the Sacramento area, since November 2017.

Damato was hired as Matsui’s Tech Advisor & Senior Legislative Assistant, in addition to covering tax, education, judiciary, trade, housing, and national service policy.

During his time in Matsui’s office, he led the Congresswoman’s communications policy efforts as Vice Chair of the House Energy & Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which has direct oversight of the FCC.

He also handled her work as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Spectrum Caucus and High-Tech Caucus in addition to serving as her Senior Technology and Telecom Policy Advisor.

He previously served as a Tech & Telecom Aide in the office of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and took his first Hill position in the office of former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

“Alex has been a leader on communications issues on Capitol Hill and we look forward to his intellect and energy joining the policy team at WBK,” said Managing Partner Bryan Tramont.

Damato added, “The firm’s dynamic and prestigious communications practice is a well known and established one. It is an honor to be a part of this firm and I look forward to contributing to the excellent team at WBK.”

WBK’s Washington, D.C., office is home to such esteemed communications attorneys as David Oxenford, a nominee for RBR+TVBR‘s inaugural America’s Top Brokers and Attorneys honor roll.