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James Gorton

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James Gorton, a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, is a current member of the firm's Executive Committee, Chair of the Strategic Client Committee and Co-chair of the Communications Industry Group. He is an influential member of the M&A, Telecommunications and Media, Corporate Governance and FinTech Practices. As Chair of the firm’s Strategic Client Committee, Mr. Gorton is focused on deploying comprehensive strategies to improve service and relationships with the firm's clients.


Corporate Partner


United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team handles high-profile regulatory and contentious work, and for some has ‘the best telecoms lawyers in the city’. Matthew Brill, James Barker and James Gorton lead the practice. Brill has extensive experience in telecoms and broadcasting disputes and regulations; Barker is particularly known for his work on spectrum auctions; and New York-based Gorton is highly skilled in transactional matters. John Janka is also a key figure and has strong expertise in spectrum controversies. Matthew Murchison was made partner and has a strong skill-set in regulatory issues and litigation. Recent highlights include advising the National Cable & Telecommunications Association on net neutrality proceedings as well as defending Charter Communications against allegations by the New York Attorney General that Time Warner Cable provided misleading broadband performance information to its customers. The firm worked with Comcast Corporation and NCTA together on the business data services ruling. The firm also defended Cox Communications against antitrust tying allegations, defended Ligado Networks in a spectrum dispute before the FCC, and advised ViaSat on obtaining spectrum rights. Litigator Gregory Garre represented Pandora and iHeartMedia in a complex copyright suit involving the streaming of music recorded prior to 1972.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Within: Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

Latham & Watkins LLP excels in telecoms, broadcast and satellite transactions, and is ‘highly knowledgeable’, ‘good at giving practical business advice’, and ‘knows how the FCC thinks’. The team is led by spectrum auctions specialist James Barker, telecoms transaction expert James Gorton and Matthew Brill, who represents satellite, telecoms and broadcasting companies in transactions. Barker recently advised Charter Communications on the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction and assisted Verizon with its 24.5% equity purchase of Dreamwork’s Awesomeness TV. Brill advised LogMeIn on its $1.8bn merger with Citrix’s GoTo business. John Janka is also a key figure, with notable expertise in transactional matters on behalf of broadband providers, satellite operators, media companies and broadcasters. He assisted Entercom with its tax-free merger with CBS Radio, advised Beasley Broadcast Group on its acquisition of Greater Media, and assisted ViaSat with its public offering of $6.5m-worth of shares of common stock as well as with the closing of a joint venture with Eutelsat involving satellite-based broadband services. Matthew Murchison, who was made partner in 2017, is also highly experienced transactions in this space. Netflix and MGM are also key clients. The team is based in Washington DC.

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