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

SAN FRANCISCO – June 22, 2015 — Mitchell (“Rick”) F. Brecher, Technology, Media & Telecommunications shareholder at international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will lead two workshops at the American Conference Institute’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Boot Camp. Both workshops, “Fundamentals of FCC Regulatory Law” and “Resolving Ethical Challenges for the FCC Practitioner,” will be held at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT, respectively.

The “Fundamentals of FCC Regulatory Law” workshop will provide participants with a basic overview of FCC regulations, including:

  • FCC Mission
  • FCC Organization and Structure
    • Understanding the distinctions between the various FCC bureaus and departments
  • History of FCC laws
  • Acronyms and terminology
  • Navigating the FCC databases and making filings electronically
  • Informal rulemaking through ex parte meetings
    • Comprehending the rules involved for ex parte meetings
    • Best practices for communicating with the commissioners
  • Determining when a matter is brought before the Administrative Law Judge
  • Equipment authorization, including for smart devices and emerging technology
  • Licensed and unlicensed transmissions
  • Spectrum policy, including incentive auctions
  • Interplay with state public utility commissions
  • Universal Service Fund
  • Ensuring compliance under Section 255 of the Communications Act to provide access for people with disabilities
  • Exploring how the FCC’s Net Neutrality decision will impact practice before the Commission

The “Resolving Ethical Challenges for the FCC Practitioner” workshop will explore ethical issues that may arise in the context of practicing before the FCC on behalf of clients. Participants will discuss:

  • Comprehending unauthorized practice of law when working in multiple jurisdictions
  • Identifying potential conflicts of interest between multiple clients when advocating at the FCC
  • Determining when interests are “adverse” among clients
  • Considering whether an attorney can “zealously” represent multiple clients with adverse interests

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