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February 07, 2018

Managing Partner Bryan Tramont to Moderate a Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

 On February 11, WBK Managing Partner Bryan Tramont will moderate a fireside chat with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr during the Silicon Flatirons 2018 Annual Technology Policy Conference at the University of Colorado Law School. The 2018 conference will explore the set of governance challenges raised by the dominance of software: the ability to make predictions in today’s technological environment, the increasing pervasive use of algorithms, whether the massive amounts of data created and analyzed should be stored locally, and the fundamental challenge of how to design regulatory institutions that can be effective in today’s technological environment. Online registration has closed, but walk-in registration is welcome. You can live stream this event here:
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February 05, 2018

Managing Partner Bryan Tramont to Moderate the Role of Government Panel at 5G Canada 2018

 On February 7, WBK Managing Partner Bryan Tramont will moderate a panel on the Role of Government at the 5G Canada 2018 event at the National Arts Centre. The panel will discuss national and local governments' roles in enabling 5G network deployment, including timely spectrum allocation, international harmonization activities, and streamlining arrangements for infrastructure deployment. The 5G Canada Council is administered by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). 
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February 01, 2018

Three Senior Counsel Join Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is pleased to announce that Ronald A. Siegel, Richard A. Helmick, and Ellen M. Edmundson are joining the firm as Senior Counsel, focusing largely on broadcast regulatory matters.  The three were formerly with the storied communications law firm Cohn & Marks LLP, which is ceasing operations after 72 years.
Mr. Siegel brings decades of experience in communications law—including representation of broadcast, cable and other media, as well as programmers and telecommunications companies. Over the years, Mr. Siegel has played a major role in the legal and strategic issues involved in the relocation of TV broadcast facilities. Mr. Siegel proved instrumental in the development of the concept of telecommunications satellite centers-office parks and the establishment of the world’s first teleport on Staten Island, New York. Among his many accomplishments is his induction into the Cable TV Pioneers.
Mr. Helmick specializes in broadcast radio and television law with representation of both commercial broadcast clients and nonprofit educational and religious broadcasters. His expertise encompasses many facets of federal regulations governing broadcast radio and television, other media and common carrier operations that allow him to be well-versed in the legal issues which arise in connection with the day-to-day operations of broadcast stations, including matters such as advertising and promotional acceptability, political broadcasting, and technical compliance and programming related matters. Mr. Helmick also brings years of experience in handling complex litigation proceedings before the FCC and federal courts. 
Ms. Edmundson brings nearly 40 years of communications law experience, representing broadcast-licensee clients in regulatory matters before the FCC, including licensing, day-to-day operational compliance, and complex regulated transactions.  Prior to law school, Ms. Edmundson worked in the publicity and advertising departments for major recording labels in New York City, and wrote freelance about music business topics for national and international publications.  
Mr. Siegel said, “As Cohn & Mark LLP winds down after 72 years, Ellen, Dick, and I wanted to assure that our clients would have access to the highest quality legal services available. WBK has an incredibly deep stable of attorneys steep in the representation of broadcasters, and our move assures that our clients will be well cared for.  We are looking forward to this exciting new chapter.”
Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, said, “We welcome Ron, Dick, Ellen, and their clients to the WBK Team.  Their deep experience and passion for the law have made them leaders in the Bar and the media policy community. These are transformational times in the media economy, and we look forward to providing their clients with the highest quality of service.”
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law, is ranked as a “first tier” firm by Chambers USA (Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite: Regulatory), and Legal 500 (Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory), and is the only firm to be named “Law Firm of the Year” in communications law multiple times by U.S. News - Best Lawyers (2012, 2014, & 2018). The firm, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado, advises clients ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups in regulatory, transactional, privacy, consumer protection, intellectual property, corporate and litigation matters involving all aspects of communications and energy law, at both the state and federal levels.
Mr. Siegel, Mr. Helmick, and Ms. Edmundson will be resident in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Mr. Siegel can be reached at (202) 835-4172 and, Mr. Helmick can be reached at (202) 835-4178 and, and Ms. Edmundson can be reached at (202) 835-4179 and Additional information about our new Senior Counsel can be found at,, and 

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January 9, 2018

David Solomon to Speak on FCBA Enforcement Panel

 David Solomon will be on a panel on “Enforcement 101,” covering an introduction to FCC enforcement and practitioner day-to-day experiences and careers.  The panel, hosted by the FCBA Enforcement and Young Lawyers Committees, will be at the FCC on January 22, 2018.  Additional details may be found at
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January 3, 2018

Enforcement Newsletter - January 3, 2018

David H. Solomon
This edition summarizes notable FCC-related enforcement matters since October 1, 2017.  Questions or comments may be addressed to David H. Solomon at 202-383-3369 or  
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November 6, 2017

Caitlin Shields appointed to Energy Law Journal Mentor Circle

Wilkinson Barker Knauer is pleased to announce attorney Caitlin Shields has been appointed to serve on the Energy Bar Association’s Energy Law Journal Mentor Circle for the 2017-2018 academic year. As a part of the program, Caitlin will work with student staff of the Energy Law Journal, providing advice and guidance on energy law and career paths. 
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November 1, 2017

Wilkinson Barker Knauer Named "Law Firm of the Year" in Communications Law for 2018 by U.S. News -- Best Lawyers

 We are thrilled to announce that WBK has once again earned the distinction of being named the “Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News –Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for Communications Law for 2018. This is the third time we have been honored with this title (and the only firm in the field to have achieved this status more than once – indeed now three times!). 
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October 18, 2017

WBK Attorney Caitlin Shields to Speak at CU Law Energy Symposium

 On Friday, October 20, WBK Attorney Caitlin Shields will be speaking at the Women in Energy Law and Regulation Conference, hosted by the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, Colorado. Caitlin’s panel will examine the utility resource planning process, with an emphasis on the history, evolution, and future of resource planning.  More information on the event can be found here.
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October 2, 2017

Enforcement Newsletter - October 2, 2017

David H. Solomon
This edition summarizes notable FCC-related enforcement matters since mid-July.  Questions or comments may be addressed to David H. Solomon at 202-383-3369 or  
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September 18, 2017

Former FCC Acting General Counsel Jennifer Tatel Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Tatel has joined the firm as a partner. Ms. Tatel will be focusing on media, privacy, and Internet policy. Ms. Tatel comes to WBK after serving as Acting General Counsel of the FCC. Previously, Ms. Tatel served as Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff of the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, maintaining primary responsibility for the development of all legal advice related to administrative law—communications, fraud, fiscal, procurement, and Freedom of Information Act law.

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