Mr. Brill is described as "not only a brilliant lawyer but also possesses a keen understanding of how policy and politics impact regulatory decisions, and provides outstanding strategic advice to advance business objectives."Chambers USA 2011

Matthew A. Brill

Washington, D.C.
  • 555 Eleventh Street, NW
  • Suite 1000
  • Washington, D.C. 20004-1304
  • USA
 
 

Matthew Brill is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and member of the Communications Practice and the Appellate Practice. He represents communications companies in a broad range of matters including regulatory, litigation and transactional. Mr. Brill advises service providers, investors, lenders and other clients on traditional telecommunications and media issues as well as emerging technologies issues. He regularly represents: 

  • Leading cable operators 
  • Wireless carriers 
  • Internet service providers 
  • Satellite carriers 
  • E-commerce companies

Mr. Brill represents clients in proceedings before: 

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
  • Federal and state courts 
  • State public utility commissions

Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Brill served as the Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy at the FCC, where he worked with the FCC Chairman’s office, other commissioners and agency staff. He also was the liaison to senior industry executives, trade associations and state regulators and worked closely with members of Congress and their staffs on a variety of legislative proposals. Mr. Brill’s work at the FCC included developing national policies governing:

  • Broadband Internet access 
  • Voice-over-IP services 
  • Local telephone competition 
  • Universal service subsidies 
  • Intercarrier compensation arrangements 
  • Spectrum allocation 
  • The digital television transition 
  • Broadcast ownership

Before joining the FCC in 2001, Mr. Brill was in private practice, representing telecommunications carriers and other clients in FCC and court proceedings, including several in the US Supreme Court and Circuit Courts. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Latham is consistently ranked by Chambers and Partners as a first-tier D.C. telecoms and broadcast firm for regulatory and transactional work, and Mr. Brill is recognized as a key member of the practice. He is identified as a leading practitioner in the communications field by The Legal 500 US, Washingtonian and D.C. Super Lawyers. Mr. Brill was also included as a recommended attorney in Communications Law by The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Mr. Brill is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). He has twice chaired the FCBA’s Common Carrier Practice Committee.

Mr. Brill’s representative matters include: 

  • Representing cable operators in First Amendment challenges to FCC program carriage requirements in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • Defending district court’s dismissal of class action alleging tying of premium cable services and cable set-top boxes in the Second Circuit 
  • Representing cable industry in defense of FCC sunset of analog cable carriage requirements in US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit 
  • Representing a broad array of clients in connection with FCC rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings and counseling such clients on compliance and enforcement issues

Other recent matters include: 

  • Completed successful purchase of Suddenlink Communications in a US$6 billion transaction and sale of broadband wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless in a US$4 billion transaction 
  • Successfully represented provider of telephone services in putative consumer class action in Central District of California and secured favorable ruling on appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 
  • Drafted petition on behalf of coalition seeking reform of FCC retransmission consent rules 
  • Secured key FCC rulings regarding the interconnection rights of wholesale telecommunications carriers serving retail VoIP providers 
  • Represented wireless provider in successful challenge to FCC’s backup power mandate