Doug Farry is a Managing Director with the Government Affairs practice and Chair of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) practice of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.
As chair of the RFID practice, Doug works with the firm's legal teams to provide clients with strategic business and government affairs advice related to RFID creation, development, procurement, use and application. As part of this effort, Doug spearheaded the launch of the McKenna Long & Aldridge sponsored RFID blog for which he serves as the lead correspondent.
In his role with the Government Affairs practice, Doug provides strategic and tactical support for clients before the US House of Representatives, Senate and White House primarily on technology and telecommunications policy. He also focuses on financial services, energy and tax issues.
Previously, Doug served for five years as Senior Policy Advisor to House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX). During this time he managed all legislative activity through the US House of Representatives in coordination with the Senate leadership and the White House Legislative Affairs office. He also created what became known as the e-Contract with High Tech America, which shaped how Congress reviews and legislates issues affecting the IT industry. Much of that original language became the first technology-related position written for the 2000 Republican Party Platform.
Doug has provided counsel on how to communicate complicated and technical public policy issues to the public on such topics as broadband, biotechnology, spectrum reform and privacy. He managed final conference negotiations on major legislation including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (WIPO), the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA), the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (H-1B Visa bill) and the Internet Tax Freedom Act. He also participated in final conference negotiations on major legislation including the USA PATRIOT Act, and the Homeland Security Act.
• "Pay Attention! Ignoring What the Government Does in RFID is Like Being in the Lumber Business and Dismissing Home Depot," RFID Journal, July/August 2006.
• "Congress Enacts Substantial Liability Protections for Public Health Emergencies," Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinion Letter, February 10, 2006 (Co-authored with John Clerici and Frank Rapoport)