Covington & Burling LLP

Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Strong team with experience advising major telecommunications and media companies on the full range of complex regulatory and transactional matters. Also known for its high-caliber litigation work and representation of clients before the FCC.

Strengths"They are excellent both from a technical perspective and a client perspective," notes one interviewee.

"The team at Covington interfaces with clients very well," reports another respondent. "Typically, they know well the approach that in-house counsel and businesspeople need. They have very good relationships with government officials."

Work highlights Represented a number of major programming networks, including CBS, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Time Warner, in proceedings before the FCC concerning the use of radio spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, also known as the C-band.

Notable practitioners

Sources name Jennifer Johnson as "a very good broadcast attorney." She represents media and technology clients in connection with a range of transactional and FCC regulatory issues. Johnson also offers noted expertise in connection with regulatory matters pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT), cochairing Covington's offering in that area.

Senior counsel Mace Rosenstein is acclaimed for his assistance with complex regulatory matters in the communications space. His practice also handles litigation for high-profile media companies. Market sources call him "a go-to choice for licensing agreement or related FCC matters." Sources also report that he offers "a pragmatic approach to providing legal advice which addresses the specific needs of in-house counsel and businesspeople in a to-the-point manner."

Matthew DelNero 's practice has flourished since his 2017 arrival at the firm. He advises clients in the telecommunications, technology and media sectors in connection with the full range of state and federal communications regulatory matters. He offers particular insight in this area following his stint as chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the FCC, and is described by interviewees as an "amazing" addition to the Covington team. DelNero serves as cochair of the firm's communications and media practice.

Yaron Dori is an "incredibly knowledgeable" counsel who gives "to-the-point and practical advice" on FCC matters, according to interviewees. He is noted for his strength in FCC and FTC regulatory matters, and also advises in connection with policy and legislative matters pertaining to statutes such as the Communications Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act.