Key Experience

  • Served in senior leadership roles at the FCC, including chief of staff under Chairman Ajit Pai and general counsel.
  • Spearheaded the FCC Chairman’s initiative to update the agency’s broadcast and cable regulations, including modernization of its media ownership rules.
  • Argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 2nd and 6th Circuits.
  • Advises domestic and international media and telecommunications companies as well as investors on FCC-related issues and litigation.

Practice

For more than a decade, Matthew has been at the forefront of the full range of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decisions impacting the media and telecommunications industries. From his experience as the FCC’s chief of staff and general counsel, Matthew has unique insight into the policy, legal and political considerations that influence the FCC’s actions. Matthew provides clients with guidance and represents them in regulatory proceedings, agency adjudications, federal court litigation, investments and restructurings, with a focus on broadcast, cable and broadband.

Representative Work

  • Led successful effort to modernize the FCC’s media ownership rules and end 17 years of litigation over those regulations with a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Commission’s favor.*
  • Served as the point person in the FCC Chairman’s Office for negotiating conditions with the parties to the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and shepherding the adoption of the FCC Order approving that transaction through the Commission.*
  • Successfully represented telecommunications carriers in FCC enforcement proceedings.*
  • Served as counsel for a cable modem manufacturer in an FCC complaint proceeding against a cable operator for alleged violations of FCC regulations implementing Section 629 of the Communications Act that was resolved through a settlement. *

*Work completed prior to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Public Service and Affiliations

Recognition