United States Agency for Global Media

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Paul Kollmer-Dorsey

(Former) General Counsel

As chief legal officer for the BBG and as principal legal adviser to the Board of Governors and the Directors of the International Broadcasting Bureau, the Voice of America and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Paul Kollmer-Dorsey directs a staff of attorneys and other legal professionals to provide comprehensive legal advice and services to Agency officials in order to support the Agency’s global media enterprise and implementation of the Board’s strategic vision, including procurement and fiscal law, intellectual property, media law, immigration, litigation and dispute resolution. 

He joined the BBG as Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel in June 2009 and was named General Counsel in October 2013. He also serves as Board Secretary and the BBG’s Designated Agency Ethics Officer and Chief FOIA Officer and is responsible for development, implementation and oversight of the Agency’s ethics and regulatory compliance programs.  Kollmer-Dorsey is also the BBG’s chief legal representative for intra-agency and legislative affairs and for managing legal aspects of the BBG’s relationship with its grantees.

Prior to joining BBG, Paul served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Global Relief Technologies (GRT), a software company focused on providing global data collection and management solutions to government and non-profit agencies. Before that, Paul spent nearly a dozen years in the international satellite communications industry, holding Associate General Counsel positions at New Skies Satellites in The Hague, The Netherlands, and Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications and COMSAT Corporation. At COMSAT, he played a key role in the privatizations of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) and the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat). Paul also worked as a corporate law associate at major law firms in Tokyo, Japan and Washington, D.C.

Paul received a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.