Ken Salomon's entire legal career has been in the public and private sectors in Washington, DC. He joined Thompson Coburn LLP in February 2013 to launch and chair the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy Group. From the end of 1980 until he joined Thompson Coburn, Ken was an associate and then partner at Dow Lohnes PLLC where he founded and chaired its lobbying subsidiary, Dow Lohnes Government Strategies. Over the course of his private sector career, Ken has provided government relations and public policy advice to clients in various areas, including, among others, broadcasting, cable, telecommunications, the Internet, financial services, e-commerce, higher education and student financial aid, pediatric hospitals, patents and copyright, international trade, and immigration.
Ken has led multiple congressional and administration lobbying campaigns, including recent efforts to stem abusive patent litigation, address the question of state taxation of the sale of products over the Internet, and limit the problem of "naked" short selling of publicly traded securities. Ken has handled other major government relations projects, such as helping to change federal law to enable e-learning students to receive federal financial aid and securing an exemption for Canadian steel companies from U.S. government import quota programs.
Before joining his prior firm, Ken was the Deputy Chief Counsel of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U. S. Department of Commerce, the presidential advisor on communications and information policy. He had previously served as a supervising attorney at the Federal Communications Commission.
Ken is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. He was a member of the advisory board of the University of Maryland University College Center for Intellectual Property until it disbanded in 2013. He served for 15 years on the Industry Advisory Board of the Oklahoma State University Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence until the Board disbanded in 2009. Ken was a professorial lecturer on International Telecommunications at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies for several years and an adjunct professor at the American University Law School. Ken is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.
In 2015, Ken was appointed to the ethics committee of the United States Olympic Committee. He is a founding board member of the Maryland Soccer Foundation, the nonprofit entity that built and operates the multi-sport Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD. He served as President of the Foundation for 13 years, steering the Foundation through its organization, government approvals, bond financing, construction, and launch. He also assured its governance structure was compliant with the Dodd-Frank Act. He continues to be a member of the Foundation board.