Schlick served as the commission's top legal adviser from July 2009 until June of this year.
He defended the commission's regulations in court, including its data roaming requirements and net neutrality actions. A federal court overturned the FCC's attempt to enforce the principle of net neutrality against Comcast in 2010, and Verizon's challenge to the commission's net neutrality order is still pending.
Google is a vocal supporter of net neutrality, which bars Internet service providers from discriminating against legitimate websites.
Before serving as general counsel, Schlick was the chief of litigation for the state of Maryland and held various legal roles at the FCC. He has also served as an assistant solicitor general and argued seven cases before the Supreme Court. He was a partner in private practice and served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.