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Latham & Watkins LLP
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WASHINGTON DC 20004-1304
United States
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James Barker is the Global Chair of the Communications Industry group at Latham & Watkins. Mr. Barker provides clients a solution-oriented approach backed by more than 25 years' experience guiding companies in their most complex communications law and administrative law matters.

Mr. Barker’s experience includes the administrative regulation of current and emerging wireless communications technologies; cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs); and telephone companies and other common carriers.

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Corporate Partner

Career

http://www.lw.com/people/jameshbarker

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

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James BarkerLatham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is a go-to firm for the US cable industry, and the full-service practice has a strong presence on a range of telecoms matters. Its expertise spans regulatory and litigation issues for a high-profile client roster, which includes broadband service providers, cable operators, fixed and mobile telecommunications carriers, satellite operators, broadcast radio and television stations. Washington DC-based duo Matthew Brill and Matthew Murchison are representing 10 leading cable industry plaintiffs in a suit against the State of Maine which seeks to invalidate a new law compelling cable operators and programmers to sell all networks and individual programs individually, rather than as part of a service tier. This case is likely to establish precedent under the Communications Act. The practice is jointly led by Brill, direct broadcast satellite and emerging technologies specialist James Barker and California-based Anthony Klein. Of Counsel Elizabeth Park, focuses on representing communications, information technology and media corporations on both transactional and regulatory matters. Satellite expert John Janka retired from partnership in 2019.

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

Latham & Watkins LLP has extensive expertise in satellite, telecoms and broadcast transactions, representing key industry players and financial institutions. Its key capabilities include M&A, finance, commercial law, litigation, and intellectual property matters. Clients range from broadband service providers and telecoms carriers to radio and television stations. Its work includes advising T-Mobile’s committee of independent directors on T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint, one of the wireless sector’s largest recent transactions. Practice co-head Matthew Brill advises telecoms as well as private equity clients, while fellow co-head James Barker handles spectrum work such as spectrum auctions and transactions. Broadcast specialist John Janka, of counsel Elizabeth Park, and experienced FCC expert Matthew Murchison are other key members of the team. All lawyers listed are based in Washington DC.