Samuel (Sam) L. Feder is Chair of the Firm’s Communications Practice. He represents cable, telecom, media and technology companies in a wide variety of matters including litigation, proceedings before regulatory agencies and transactions. Mr. Feder’s practice is enhanced by the knowledge and experience gained from serving as General Counsel to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, before that, as a senior legal and policy advisor to two FCC Commissioners.
Mr. Feder has been named among the top lawyers in his field by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Washingtonian, Washington DC Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Media and First Amendment Practice and serves as Chair of the Firm’s Hiring Committee for the Washington, DC, office and Co-Chair of the Hiring Executive Committee. An active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, he co-chaired the group’s Judicial Practice Committee from 2005 to 2011.
Mr. Feder has represented clients on numerous significant matters before the FCC, including net neutrality, broadband classification, universal service, and intercarrier compensation. He has also litigated a wide range of cases, including disputes over the compensation carriers pay to each other for carrying voice traffic, exclusive arrangements between cable providers and programmers, the regulatory classification of VoIP service and retention marketing. Additionally, Mr. Feder has worked on a number of significant transactions, including Comcast-NBCU and CenturyTel-Embarq, and, while at the FCC, SBC-AT&T, Verizon-MCI and AT&T-BellSouth. As General Counsel of the FCC, Mr. Feder advised the Chairman and the other Commissioners on all significant issues facing the agency. He represented the FCC in litigation before the federal courts of appeals and coordinated agency review of all transactions requiring FCC approval.