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Parsing the D.C. Circuit’s Net Neutrality Decision and Next Steps

Speaker(s): Christopher J. Wright, Michele C. Farquhar
Recorded on: Jul. 6, 2016
PLI Program #: 189982

Chris Wright has been the head of the appellate group at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and a member of its communications law group since 2001.  His practice includes representing clients in a broad range of appellate cases and counseling clients in the communications and technology sectors.

Mr. Wright has argued more than 20 cases in both the United States Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit, and many cases in other federal courts of appeals as well.  These cases have involved a wide variety of legal areas, from the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to energy law to ERISA, and have covered all aspects of communications law.  Mr. Wright also represents clients in numerous proceedings at the Federal Communications Commission.

Mr. Wright previously served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, in the Office of the Solicitor General, as a law clerk to Chief Justice Burger, and as a law clerk to Judge Sneed of the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Wright is a former President of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and the Federal Communications Bar Association.  He co-teaches the D.C. Bar’s annual CLE course on Administrative Law.  Mr. Wright is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.

Years of government, industry, and law firm service have shaped Michele Farquhar into an influential advisor, advocate, and thought leader for the technology, media, and telecoms industry.

Michele serves as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She helps clients with a range of global and U.S. communications policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance matters, and regulatory strategy involving M&A transactions as well as litigation.

Michele obtains regulatory approvals, waivers, and other licenses for many new and cutting-edge technologies. And she leads teams advising major global companies on regulatory strategy issues involving a range of international jurisdictions. As a legal authority in her industry, she also speaks and writes extensively on a range of communications issues.

Michele joined the firm in 1997, after serving as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. While at the FCC, she led the agency's new spectrum auction initiative and held primary responsibility over several major auctions and spectrum policy initiatives, as well as the bureau's implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Previously, Michele served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She played a lead role in developing the administration's positions on telecommunications reform as well as spectrum, international, electronic commerce, and other policy issues.

As Vice President for Law and Regulatory Policy at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, she gained industry knowledge and regulatory advocacy experience while representing cellular carriers on regulatory, policy, and legal issues before the FCC. Michele also served as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Ervin Duggan and as the mass media advisor to two FCC general counsels.