James Barker is the Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office, and has practiced law with the firm since 1991. His practice is focused on communications and administrative law.
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. He has significant experience in communications litigation matters, including practice before various United States Courts of Appeal. Mr. Barker also has supported a variety of telecommunications, content and technology transactions, and negotiated related complex commercial agreements.
Mr. Barker has particular experience in the area of spectrum auctions, and he has been involved in all aspects of their implementation for a variety of telecommunications clients since the Federal Communications Commission was first granted auction authority in 1993. In addition, he has significant experience with the regulatory and legal issues affecting MVPDs, including cable, DBS, telephone company and Internet video providers.
Mr. Barker is consistently recognized as a leading communications lawyer in major publications such as Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers in America, US News & World Report Best Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Telecommunications Lawyers.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Barker served as a law clerk to Judge Peter T. Fay, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, from 1990 to 1991.