James Barker is the Global Chair of the Communications Industry group at Latham & Watkins. Mr. Barker provides clients a solution-oriented approach backed by more than 25 years' experience guiding companies in their most complex communications law and administrative law matters.
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 advised clients on 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, Super Lawyers, US News & World Report Best Lawyers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Telecommunications Lawyers and Washingtonian.
Mr. Barker has held a number of leadership positions at the firm, including most recently Deputy Office Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office.
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.