Mitchell F. Brecher: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Mitchell F. Brecher

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Education
  • Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.331.3152
Fax: 202.261.0152
University Franklin and Marshall College, B.A., Governmnent
Law SchoolThe George Washington University Law School, J.D.
Admitted1973, Maryland; 1975, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association
•Chairman, Ratemaking Committee, Section of Administrative Law and Agency Practice
•Member, District of Columbia Bar
•Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
•Co-Chairman, Common Carrier Practice Committee
•Co-Chairman, State and Local Practice Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
•Member, Maryland State Bar Association

BornWashington, D.C., July 29, 1948

Mitchell F. Brecher focuses his practice on telecommunications and media law and regulation. Rick has practiced before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), other federal departments and agencies, state regulatory commissions, and trial and appellate courts. He has also provided legislative counsel on telecommunications matters. Rick represents clients in telecommunications transactional matters and provides business counseling and contract assistance to telecommunications and media clients.

Areas of Concentration

•The Telecommunications Act of 1996
•The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement on basic telecommunications services
•Access to multitenant environments
•Administrative and regulatory practice
•Alternative dispute resolution
•Broadcast licensing and regulation, including digital television
•Broadband policy
•Cable television regulation, including program access, must carry and retransmission consent
•Commercial transactions involving telecommunications and media companies
•Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), pretexting and other privacy issues
•Domestic and international laws, regulations and policies
•E911 compliance
•FCC enforcement and investigations
•Interexchange services
•Internet services
•IP-enabled services, including Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) services
•Intercarrier litigation
•Judicial and administrative litigation
•Licensing of telecommunications carriers
•Local franchising
•Local telecommunications service competition
•Multichannel Video Programming Distribution (MVPD)
•Regulatory forbearance
•Rulemaking and inquiry proceedings
•Rural telecommunications investment, build-out and regulation
•Satellite licensing, operations and transactions
•Spectrum allocation and licensing
•State regulatory practice
•Tariffs and rates
•Telecommunications taxation and regulatory fee issues
•Telecommunications service agreements
•Telemarketing, Do-not-call, and Junk Fax laws and regulations
•Universal service and intercarrier compensation
•Utility certification
•Wireless telecommunications

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

06.22.15 Greenberg Traurig's Rick Brecher to Lead Workshops at ACI's FCC Boot Camp


12.18.15 FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba
11.05.15 Health & FDA Business Bulletin No.2
10.30.15 A Recent FCC Order May Require Financial Institutions and Healthcare Providers to Put Robocalls to Wireless Phone Numbers on Hold
08.13.15 A Recent FCC Order May Require Financial Institutions and Healthcare Providers to Put Robocalls to Wireless Phone Numbers on Hold
05.12.14 Life Sciences & Medical Technology Newsletter, Spring 2014
01.17.14 Court of Appeals Rules the FCC May Not Impose Common Carrier Regulatory Requirements on Internet Broadband Providers
09.25.13 Recent Court Ruling Restricts Automatic Telephone Dialing System Calls to Cellphones
03.06.13 Federal Communications Commission May Consider Awarding Broadcast Licenses to Entities Indirectly Controlled by Foreign Interests
08.27.12 FCC Simplifies Approval Process for Foreign-Owned Entities Seeking to Invest in U.S. Telecommunications Market
09.14.09 U.S. Opens Lines of Communication to Cuba---Revisions to Cuba Regulations Provide Opportunities for Telecom Industry

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Rick has published numerous articles in telecommunications trade publications, including Phone+ magazine, Public Communications and Communications Week. He has also been a speaker at numerous seminars and conferences throughout the world.

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Represented a major competitive local exchange carrier before federal, state and local authorities in its acquisition of the assets of another carrier pursuant to a bankruptcy court sale order. Represented PCS carrier before FCC in assignment and transfer of licenses. Represented major U.S. satellite operator from its inception, including obtainment of licenses and orbital locations, as well as other regulatory and contractual matters. Counsel of record for the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) in the Supreme Court appeal of the FCC's Local Competition Proceeding ( AT&T Corporation et al v. Iowa Utilities Board ). Counsel for company in FCC proceeding approving International Callback Services. Represented clients in proceedings at federal and state levels involving implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This has included such matters as local competition and interconnection, universal service, access pricing, rate integration, reciprocal compensation and regulatory reform. Counseled and represented clients on contract and business matters and has represented clients in negotiations with Bell Operating Companies, satellite companies and other telecommunications vendors. Represented commercial and residential property developers in negotiating telecommunications, video and Internet service agreements.

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FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba
Kara M. Bombach,Mitchell F. Brecher,Cyril T. Brennan, January 6, 2016
On Nov. 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice inviting comments on its proposal to remove Cuba from its Exclusion List. If implemented, Cuba’s removal from the Exclusion List would allow U.S. telecommunication carriers to provide facilities-based...

A Recent FCC Order May Require Financial Institutions and Healthcare Providers to Put Robocalls to Wireless Phone Numbers on Hold
Mitchell F. Brecher,Debra McGuire Mercer, August 14, 2015
A recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order issued July 10, 2015, (Robocall Order) clarifies several provisions in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (47 U.S.C. § 227) and the FCC’s implementing regulations (47 C.F.R. § 64.1200). Those laws provide that an...

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Mitchell F. Brecher

2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20037


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