Mitchell F. Brecher

Mitchell F. Brecher: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Mitchell F. (Rick) 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. Rick represents clients in telecommunications transactional matters and provides business counseling and contract assistance to telecommunications and media clients.


•Federal communications laws, including the Communications Act.
•International Telecommunications
•Access to multitenant environments
•Administrative and regulatory practice
•Alternative dispute resolution
•Broadcast licensing and regulation,
•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
•E911 compliance
•FCC equipment certifications and labeling requirements
•FCC licensing
•FCC enforcement and investigations
•Internet services
•IP-enabled services, including Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) services
•Judicial and administrative litigation
•Local franchising
•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
•Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including Telemarketing, robocalling, Do-not-call, and Junk Fax laws and regulations
•Universal service
•Utility certification
•Wireless telecommunications

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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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.

•Quoted, 4 Clues From The FCC Chairman On Net Neutrality's Fate , Law360, March 10, 2017
•Quoted, FCC's Lifeline Backtrack Foreshadows Program Changes , Law360, February 15, 2017
•Quoted, VoIP Access Fees Face Tough Road Ahead At New FCC, Law360, November 30, 2016
•Co-Author, FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba , GT Alert, December 18, 2015

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

06.23.16 Greenberg Traurig's Rick Brecher Co-Chairs, Speaks at American Conference Institute's 2nd Annual FCC Boot Camp

05.05.16 17 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed in 2016 Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia Super Lawyers

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


08.12.16 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that a Federal Agency Does Not Have the Authority to Reallocate Power Between States and Their Political Subdivisions

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

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Education
  • Federal Regulatory and Administrative Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.331.3152  Phone
202.261.0152  Fax
University Attended:
Franklin and Marshall College, B.A., Governmnent
Law School Attended:
The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
Year of First admission:
1973, 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
•Past Chairman, Ratemaking Committee, Section of Administrative Law and Agency Practice
•Member, District of Columbia Bar
•Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
•Past Co-Chairman, Common Carrier Practice Committee
•Past Co-Chairman, State and Local Practice Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
•Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., July 29, 1948
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Represent the nation's leading provider of Lifeline services before the FCC and state regulators.; 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 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 ).; 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.

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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