Howard D. Polsky is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of K12 Inc. K12 is America's largest provider of online education for students in grades K-12. Designed to facilitate individualized learning, its products and services are offered to online public and private schools, school districts and directly to consumers. K12 has also entered into joint ventures with Middlebury College (online foreign languages) and George Washington University (online high school).
Mr. Polsky’s responsibilities include advising the K12 Board of Directors and its Audit and Compensation Committees on governance and legal issues, and he manages a legal department that covers a wide range of matters such as securities law compliance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, and charter school laws and regulations. As a developer of online curriculum, he also oversees the protection of K12’s intellectual property.
Prior to joining K12 in 2004, Mr. Polsky served as Vice President and General Counsel of Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications. Before being acquired by Lockheed Martin, Mr. Polsky was at COMSAT Corporation, where he held both legal and government relations positions. (Former Lehigh President, Dr. Peter Likens, served on the COMSAT Board of Directors during Mr. Polsky’s tenure.) As COMSAT’s Vice President of Federal Policy and Regulation, Mr. Polsky developed corporate policy initiatives and advocated extensively before the FCC, Executive Branch, Congress, and within intergovernmental organizations.
Mr. Polsky was a partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding from 1983-1992, where he specialized in telecommunications law, and represented a variety of U.S. and international clients in administrative and judicial proceedings. He began his legal career at the FCC and Kirkland & Ellis. Mr. Polsky is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia (corporate counsel), and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Polsky graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University and was an editor of the Indiana Law Review.