Overview

Qiusi Newcom brings efficiency and reliability in navigating clients through regulatory issues in telecommunications, export controls, economic sanctions and global privacy laws. Her experience in these areas uniquely positions her to help companies bridge compliance gaps in light of emerging legal developments such as multi-agency actions to protect U.S. communications supply-chain security and foreign direct-investment considerations involving critical telecommunication infrastructures or sensitive personal data. Having lived in and obtained law degrees in both China and the U.S., Qiusi’s understanding of cultural factors and local customs adds immense value to her counsel for business activities across borders.

Telecommunications

Qiusi regularly handles wireless, wireline and broadcast licensing; radiofrequency equipment authorizations; compliance reporting; and license-transfer reviews by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for telecommunications carriers, Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) service providers, Internet-of-Things (IoT) equipment manufacturers, and other enterprise users of private wireless radios and telehealth applications. Qiusi also provides counsel to clients on their participation in active regulatory proceedings, including recently in the FCC’s C-band accelerated relocation proceeding and telehealth initiatives. Many consumer-facing clients rely on Qiusi to assess, advise and moderate the risk exposure of their customer-outreach campaigns under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act, and the implementing regulations of the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Qiusi is a contributor to the firm’s TCPA Blog and the Practising Law Institute’s Telecommunications Law Answer Book. During law school, Qiusi authored “Bridging Open Markets in the ‘Big Bandwidth’ Era: A Blueprint of Foreign Broadband Internet Deployment,” which was published in the Federal Communications Law Journal.

International Trade

Clients turn to Qiusi for her familiarity with export licensing and classification under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), country-of-origin determination, and national security review of cross-border mergers and acquisitions by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In addition to interfacing with the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury on these matters, Qiusi also has experience conducting internal investigations, responding to government inquiries or subpoenas, making voluntary disclosures and representing clients in administrative hearings. Qiusi delivers customized legal advice on challenges affecting international trade, leveraging her past secondment at the trade compliance team of a global water-treatment company, which gave her valuable insights into the business implications of economic sanctions.

Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Strategy

A Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Qiusi is well-versed in the growing list of state privacy legislation (such as in California, Colorado, Virginia and Utah), sector-specific and state-by-state data-breach notification requirements, and other legal obligations specific to pharmaceutical and life science industries (such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA). Beyond the U.S., Qiusi works with clients on developing and implementing effective privacy and information-security programs with a global approach — from practical solutions aimed at reconciling the differences among privacy and cybersecurity laws in the U.S., EU and China to collaboration with local counsels in other countries to map information assets and set up regional business activities. She is currently seconded at the privacy office of a pharmaceutical company, where she undertakes compliance functions to meet the client’s internal organizational goals, negotiates various vendor agreements for its global clinical trials and recommends operational changes to improve consumer-facing privacy practices. Qiusi also supports cybersecurity incident response preparations, investigations and reporting. Qiusi is a contributor to the firm’s Discerning Data blog.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Certifications
Certified Information Privacy Professional – United States (CIPP/US)
Languages

Chinese

Education

George Washington University Law School
J.D. (2017)

China University of Political Science and Law
LL.B. (2014)

China University of Political Science and Law
B.A. (2014)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Qiusi is committed to public interest work. She routinely takes on pro bono cases, supporting the important work of representing individuals in need on veterans benefits, affirmative action, criminal defense and eviction matters. Her pro bono legal service has led to her recognition on the District of Columbia Courts’ 2019 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll in 2020 and by the Presidential Volunteer Services Award in 2017.

Firm Leadership

  • Qiusi co-leads the firm’s D.C. Office Women’s Committee since 2021.
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