Washington, D.C., March 15, 1999 – The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today announced that Jason M. Mahler has joined the trade group as vice president and general counsel.

CCIA is an international, nonprofit alliance of computer and communications firms. Its membership includes CEOs and senior executives representing, among other businesses, computer equipment manufacturers, software providers, communications and networking equipment manufacturers, and telecommunications and online service providers.

Specifically, Mahler will guide the association’s policy on issues such as intellectual property, electronic commerce, encryption reform, export controls, Y2K liability, workforce development, Internet governance and consumer interests.

“Jason is a consummate professional who brings exceptional expertise and skill to our association’s growing senior policy team. We look forward to welcoming him today,” said CCIA President and CEO Edward J. Black, who added that Mahler is the fifth new professional hired by the association since last August.

Prior to joining CCIA, Mahler had been a senior legislative assistant and counsel for U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., since 1995. In her office, he was responsible for numerous issues before the House Judiciary Committee and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, particularly intellectual property, judicial reform, constitutional, crime, and justice oversight issues. His specific expertise lies in policy issues involving encryption, patent reform, digital copyright, computer exports, securities litigation reform, labor and congressional reform.

Mahler previously served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, for whom he analyzed criminal justice, gun control, tort reform, taxation, budget, housing, banking, bankruptcy and congressional reform issues. Prior to Mahler’s Senate career, he worked for the Washington, D.C., law firm of Krivit & Krivit, P.C.

Mahler received a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1990 and earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1987.

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