Eddie Lazarus was appointed Executive Vice President/General Counsel in January 2013, and added the title and duties of Chief Strategy Officer in February 2016. He previously served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, from June 2009 to February 2012. In that capacity, he oversaw policy development and implementation, strategic planning, communications, legislative and intergovernmental affairs, and agency management.
From 2000-2009, Lazarus practiced law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he launched the firm’s appellate section, chaired the national litigation steering committee, and was elected to the management committee
Lazarus received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1981 and his J.D. in 1987 from Yale University, where he was note editor of the Yale Law Journal. After receiving his law degree, he served as a law clerk to the honorable William A. Norris on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and thereafter to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lazarus is the author of two highly acclaimed books: “Black Hills/White Justice: The Sioux Nation Versus the United States, 1775 to the Present” and “Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court.”