Latham & Watkins LLP

Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Offers enviable strength in regulatory matters and additional capabilities advising on high-stakes litigation and transactions. Clients are drawn from across the industry and include companies in the radio and television, satellite and network infrastructure spaces.

Strengths A client attests: "The attorneys with whom I interface are particularly strong in their knowledge of US communications laws. They are able to quickly develop an understanding of business practices and priorities, and are able to develop strong legal arguments that support business objectives. They are both very clear communicators and produce a superior written work product."

Another source reports that the Latham team provides a "top-notch regulatory and litigation service" and "always the highest-level legal analysis and work product."

Work highlights Represented Comcast Corporation and West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association in litigation which challenged state and local one-touch make-ready (OTMR) laws adopted in Nashville. These laws enable third parties to alter and move cable and telecommunications equipment attached to utility poles without the equipment owner’s authorization or supervision.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" James Barker is noted for a broad telecommunications, broadcast and satellite offering which encompasses regulatory, litigation and transactional matters.

John Janka is a highly experienced telecom, broadcast and satellite attorney who continues to impress in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. "He really understands complex issues," remarks one interviewee: "He has a lot of excellent experience and that makes him a good choice."

Matthew Brill advises traditional and emerging TMT companies in connection with regulatory matters, corporate transactions and disputes. Sources say: "Matt is one of the sharpest regulatory lawyers in town. He has the ability to synthesize the most complex legal issues in a way that few others can." Brill serves as chair of Latham's global communications practice.

Matthew Murchison is an up-and-coming practitioner who is noted for his handling of a wide array of regulatory matters and disputes, including issues relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Sources call him "an exceptionally talented lawyer."