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Hogan Lovells US LLP
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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

Hogan Lovells US LLP offers clients a wide range of regulatory services including representing telecoms clients in high-stakes litigation. The ‘incredibly responsive and engaged‘ team is representing T-Mobile in its bid to obtain regulatory approvals to complete its purchase of Sprint, in one of the largest and most contested wireless transactions in recent years. It has secured clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Noted for leading and assembling stakeholder coalitions, the practice counts the IoT, online privacy and consumer protection, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, net neutrality, M2M, and spectrum auctions among its specializations. Practice head Michele Farquhar advises clients on a variety of global and US communications policy initiatives in addition to regulatory strategies involving M&A transactions and litigation. Spectrum policy expert Ari Fitzgerald  assisted GE secure the first-ever nationwide FCC spectrum license for use in conducting beyond-line-of-sight drone operations. Clients report that Fitzgerald and Farquhar are ‘influential partners in the telecoms space‘. The ‘exceptional‘ Trey Hanbury, a leading advocate on spectrum and technology policy issues, provides strategic advice to a wide range of communications, internet, and media companies both domestically and internationally. Another key name is Mark Brennan, who regularly represents well-known internet and technology companies, advising on privacy law, AI, facial recognition, telecommunications networking, and consumer protection matters.

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

The interdisciplinary team at Hogan Lovells US LLP advises its impressive client roster on a range of transactions, especially M&A, spectrum auctions, and joint ventures that are complex and high-value. It has particular expertise in new technologies, such as unmanned aircraft systems, Internet of Things, and healthtech. The firm’s satellite practice is co-headed by Northern Virginia-based Randy Segal and DC-based Steven Kaufman, both of whom are ‘brilliant individual lawyers’ that ‘bring an extra dimension to legal and commercial advice.’ Fellow practice group leader Michele Farquhar, based in DC, is noted for her expertise in the telecoms sector, owing in part to her extensive experience working at the FCC and the Department of Commerce. Trey Hanbury  has more than 20 years’ experience in spectrum policy and is one of the leading voices for wireless and competition policy in Washington, D.C. A former legal advisor to an FCC Chairman, Ari Fitzgerald advises on a wide range of communications and spectrum policy issues, and New York-based M&A specialist Alexander Johnson is another key contact. Senior associates Sean Spivey and Arpan Sura are also highly regarded.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a solid track record assisting clients from the fashion, healthcare, media and software industries with technology licensing agreements and commercial contracts. Key contacts include John Brockland in San Francisco and Michele Farquhar, who leads the communications practice from the Washington DC office.