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Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

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Communications, Internet, and Media




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 telecommunications industry.

As leader of the firm’s Communications practice, and co-chair of the global industry sector team, she helps clients with a range of global and U.S. communications policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance matters, and regulatory strategy involving merger and acquisition 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.




Board Member, Visitors of St. John’s College; Former President, Land Mobile Communications Council; Member, Board of Trustees of Duke University, 1997-1999; Member, D.C. Bar Steering Committee on Administrative Law and Agency Practice, 2014-present; President, Duke University Alumni Association, 1997-1998; President, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2005-2006


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1984; B.A., Duke University, magna cum laude, 1979

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

(Hall of Fame)

Michele FarquharHogan Lovells US LLP

A ‘go-to‘ firm in Washington DC for domestic and international regulatory matters, Hogan Lovells US LLP hosts dedicated industry groups, offering clients a multidisciplinary approach where their sector overlaps with telecoms and broadcast. Companies may further rely on the firm’s deeply ingrained litigation team which in a recent highlight represented SNR Wireless against the FCC concerning a denial of auction bidding credits valued at $1.3bn. Head of the communications, internet, and media practice Ari Fitzgerald is a distinguished expert on regulatory matters pertaining to communications and spectrum management but especially in the wireless sector. Co-leading the practice with Fitzgerald, Mark Brennan is a specialist in the intersection of telecoms and technology, heading the firm’s global technology and telecoms industry sector group. Their team includes Michele Farquhar, a prominent figure in the industry who guides her clients through policy, license, and compliance matters, spectrum auctions, M&A and litigation. Trey Hanbury advises key telecoms players such as T-Mobile and DISH Network on strategic matters. Up-and-coming specialists such as counsel Arpan Sura handle high-impact internet related matters before the FCC. Additionally recommended is associate George John for his expertise in the space and satellite sectors. With Gerry Oberst‘s arrival from in-house telecoms positions, the firm welcomes a former colleague and specialist in satellite, broadcast, and technology back into its Washington DC office. Tony Lin has departed the practice.