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Latham & Watkins LLP

555 ELEVENTH STREET, NW, SUITE 1000, WASHINGTON DC 20004-1304, USA
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Melissa Arbus Sherry

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Work +1.202.637.3386
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Web:
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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Melissa Arbus Sherry is Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. Ms. Sherry returned to Latham’s Washington, D.C. office in October 2014 after serving five years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. In this role, Ms. Sherry represented the federal government before the Supreme Court and assisted in overseeing the government’s litigation in the federal appellate courts. Ms. Sherry has worked extensively with federal government agencies and various components within the Department of Justice.

Position

Partner, Deputy Office Managing Partner

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/melissa-arbus-sherry


United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate

Within: Appellate

Latham & Watkins LLP’s practice, which has handled numerous high-profile appeals, often adopts a proactive approach in working with trial specialists before an issue even reaches the appeal stage, for which it attracts praise from clients. ‘Terrific’ practice head Gregory Garre successfully defended the United States Soccer Federation against claims brought by appellant North American Soccer League (NASL) before the Second Circuit, which denied the NASL a preliminary injunction reinstating its Division II designation. At the US Supreme Court, Garre argued for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in a dispute with the State of Georgia over water rights and the equitable division of two rivers originating in Georgia. At the Ninth Circuit, Richard Bress and Philip Perry led the group in representing agricultural biotech company Monsanto joining as intervenor-respondent in support of the EPA in proceedings reviewing the EPA’s registration of the herbicide dicamba. Washington DC-based duo Melissa Arbus Sherry and Scott Ballenger acted for Union Pacific Railroad in the Ninth Circuit’s case of Wells v Union Pacific Railroad Co, which focused on property rights in Union Pacific’s rights of way. In a pro bono case at the Eleventh Circuit, Garre and Ballenger presented arguments on behalf of petitioner Cory R. Maples, and convinced the Court that the client was denied effective assistance of counsel during his death penalty trial. Other noteworthy highlights included the group’s successful representation of Pandora Media and iHeartMedia in a class action copyright lawsuit at the Ninth Circuit (currently pending at the California Supreme Court), as well as a victory for client DWA Holdings as plaintiff-appellant at the Federal Circuit. In February 2018, counsel Susan Engel joined the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Latham & Watkins LLP's full-service practice handles significant regulatory and transactional work for a roster of high-profile clients. Matthew Brill, 'one of the top lawyers in town', according to clients, recently secured a victory for Charter at the Second Circuit in a case concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and set a precedent relating to the definition of an automated telephone dialing system. Brill also acts for Charter in a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General's office regarding Time Warner Cable's alleged misrepresentation of the broadband speeds provided to customers, alongside the firm's white-collar crime team. The practice is led by direct broadcast satellite and emerging technologies specialist James Barker, along with Brill and New York-based transactional specialist James Gorton. Satellite expert John Janka is serving as lead counsel to ViaSat in a range of strategic and regulatory matters, including contested spectrum proceedings and non-geostationary orbit satellite network applications.  Barker recently led the regulatory team advising T-Mobile on its acquisition of Level 3 Communications, while Gorton headed the transactional team. Another key mandate for the firm has been its representation of the independent board of directors of T-Mobile in its merger with Sprint, working on transactional, regulatory and national security issues. Other notable names in the practice include Matthew Murchison, who has done 'great work on some complicated litigation' as well as providing regulatory counsel, and has significant experience in TCPA and broadcast licensing matters; and of counsel Elizabeth Park, who is experienced in both regulatory and transactional telecoms matters. Murchison recently represented Comcast and the West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association in their challenge to state and local one-touch make-ready laws, along with Brill, and appellate specialist Melissa Arbus Sherry.

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