S. Jenell Trigg '97
Partner - Lerman Senter PLLC


“I loved this law school.  I will forever be grateful for the encouragement and support of my legal education and career from persons in this building - from the maintenance staff to the dean.  Nowhere else will you receive the nurturing and care that our faculty and staff provide.  I enjoyed the full law school experience, even while working full time and commuting from Columbia, Maryland.  I was motivated to change my life, to make a difference."

Ms. Trigg entered legal practice after a successful 16-year career in broadcast sales and marketing. She is chair of Lerman Senter PLLC’s Intellectual Property and New Media & Technology Practice Group. In addition to her varied practice in the broadcast, wireless, cable, and telecommunications industries Ms. Trigg specializes in privacy and data security issues, intellectual property concerns, government regulation of the Internet and new technologies. Ms. Trigg previously served as assistant chief counsel for telecommunications for the Office of Advocacy, U. S. Small Business Administration, where she directed advocacy’s involvement in all telecommunications and Internet issues and proceedings before the FCC, other federal and state government agencies, the White House, and Congress. Ms. Trigg is a founding member of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs and a past president of Catholic University of America’s Communications Law Institute Alumni Association. She currently serves on the law school’s Board of Visitors. She is a mentor to many law school and college students, graduates, and young professionals across the country.  



  • J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law - Magna Cum Laude
  • Certification, CUA Institute for Communications Law Studies
  • B.S., Northwestern University


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Recognized authority on small, women and minority telecommunications business issues
  • First executive director and chief operating officer for the Telecom Opportunity Institute, a non-profit corporation promoting career and training opportunities in telecommunications for disadvantaged youth, minorities and women
  • Recipeint of the Donald H. McGannon Award in recognition of her work to promote opportunities in telecommunications and media for women and persons of color.
  • Recognized in 2013 as one of the inaugural "Top 25 Inspirational and Engaged Leaders" by th Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Recipient of the Veryl V. Miles, BLSA Achievement Award, CUA Columbus School of Law, 2014


  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
  • National Bar Association
  • National Association of Investment Companies

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