Ross Slutsky is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on communications, technology policy, privacy, data security, and emerging technology matters. Through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Ross is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Ross was a legal intern in the Wireline Competition Bureau’s Competition Policy Division at the Federal Communications Commission, where he worked on Open Internet, interconnection, service classification, reviewing mergers, and municipal broadband matters.
As a research intern at the Center for Democracy & Technology, he worked in direct contact with NSA whistleblowers on carrier and edge provider surveillance and data security matters in the immediate aftermath of the Snowden leaks and wrote a comment before the UN International Telecommunications Union on the impact of the Internet on economic development. During this time, he also worked on matters pertaining to digital copyright, intermediary liability, encryption, corporate law enforcement data request best practices, zero rating services, and Internet governance.
During law school, Ross founded Students for Technological Progress, a pro bono organization that advances two core objectives: (1) working with leading technology policy advocacy organizations (including the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge, and TechFreedom) to train law students to advance the public interest by working at the intersection of law and technology, regardless of political affiliation; and (2) advance the interests of poorly represented populations in a rapidly changing field.
While at the Emory University, Ross obtained a graduate certificate in Digital Scholarship & Media Studies, and wrote his honors thesis on Netflix and the rapid evolution of the OTT video marketplace, which he closely monitors to this day.
Ross also has prior experience in journalism and worked as a technology columnist for Voice of America, (“VOA”), where he wrote about start-ups, emerging markets, and tech policy issues. During his time at VOA, Ross also coordinated with on-staff technical personnel to provide dissidents with radio coordinates to circumvent censorship efforts by authoritarian regimes.
Ross is admitted only in Maryland. He is practicing under the supervision of principals of the firm who are members of the D.C. bar.
Drafting applications for Lifeline broadband provider designation under the FCC's Lifeline Program.
Supporting clients in the context of federal and state enforcement actions, administrative audits, and investigations.
Advising clients on privacy and data security issues related to CALEA, the USA FREEDOM Act, and state privacy and data security laws.
Preparing a monthly summary and analysis of spectrum policy for a defense and aerospace government contractor.
Oversaw a team of 15 law students that successfully advocated for public interest concessions in a $117.5 million public cable franchise negotiation.
Lead the drafting and editing of an amicus brief on behalf of a leading technology policy think tank in a lawsuit before the DC Circuit over the FAA’s drone registration regime.
Penn Law Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
Toll Public Interest Center Legacy Award
Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition Summer Fellowship Recipient
Federal Communications Bar Association
IAPP, Certified Information Privacy Professional - United States
Internet Law & Policy Foundry, Fellow