Bert has served in several senior roles in federal and state government. As Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission during the Reagan Administration, he oversaw comprehensive regulatory reforms that underpinned the transition of United States communications from a monopoly structure to a competitive marketplace, and pioneered United States internet policy. For this accomplishment, he was awarded the agency’s highest award, the Chairman’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Service.
Subsequent to government service Bert led the communications practices at two major law firms. He also founded Halprin, Temple, Goodman, Sugrue and Maher, a successful boutique telecommunications law firm. He served as an adjunct professor of international telecommunications law at Georgetown University Law Center for fifteen years. He also was a lead regulatory advisor to the International Telecommunications Union’s Regulators’ Symposium.
During the 1960’s, Bert was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement, residing in Mississippi. His interests are wide ranging, including electronic gaming, where he is a recognized pre-launch game tester, and real estate investment. He is a graduate of The Harvard Law School (1974) and of Western Washington State College (1971).