Mitchell F. Brecher

Mitchell F. Brecher


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  
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  • 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.

Recognition & Leadership

  • 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


  • J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., Government, Franklin and Marshall College
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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