Joe Gattuso

Senior Attorney

Joseph L. (Joe) Gattuso is a Senior Attorney and Program Manager with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), which is part of the Department of Commerce’s Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Gattuso leads CLDP’s activities on legal, regulatory policy matters in telecommunications, Internet, eCommerce and related areas.  He has worked primarily with countries in the Middle East and South Asia, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Tunisia, and is begging work in South Asia under the U.S. Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership. 

In his role, Mr. Gattuso identifies priority issues and organizes consultative meetings, seminars, workshops, or other activities to build capacity or to share expertise with government and non-government stakeholders within a given country or region.

Mr. Gattuso previously was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Policy Analysis and Development at Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  Over more than 20 years at NTIA, Mr. Gattuso held the positions of Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Acting Director of Congressional Affairs.  H regularly taught visiting international students NTIA’s annual spectrum management course, conducted through the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and has continued to do so while at CLDP.

The Commerce Department has recognized Mr. Gattuso with departmental Gold Medal awards for his work in Afghanistan (group award 2019) and in Iraq (2004).  Mr. Gattuso also received a Silver Medal and several Bronze Medal Awards for other projects during his Commerce career.

Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Gattuso practiced law in the Los Angeles, California area. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, where he participated in the Communications Law Program and moot court.  Mr. Gattuso is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in California (inactive) and is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop