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Barbara Meili serves as Vice Chair of the Global Entertainment and Media Practice and Chair of the New York Entertainment and Media Practice. Barbara represents clients in the U.S. broadcast and cable industries, including counseling clients in virtually all aspects of license and distribution arrangements, merger and acquisition activity and regulatory issues. Barbara also provides general corporate representation of clients in connection with purchases of programming entities.


  • Cable television distribution agreements
  • Retransmission consent agreements
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • License and distribution agreements
  • Regulatory issues
  • Programming, marketing and ancillary services



  • Represents several major cable programming services. Representation consists of negotiating agreements with cable operators, satellite distributors and other multichannel video programming distributors.
  • Represents "network-owned and operated" station groups as well as various network-affiliated broadcast station owners in connection with negotiating retransmission arrangements with cable and other multichannel video programming distributors.
  • Represents several major sports content providers.
  • Advises on virtually all aspects of Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory issues.
  • Represents several online and Internet-delivered programming services and other content providers.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides: "Women in Business Law," 2021-2022
  • Selected, Euromoney, "Women in Business Awards - Best in Media & Entertainment," 2020
  • Listed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Top 20 Dealmakers of 2019," 2019
  • Named, Cablefax "Top Lawyer," 2017-2018
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2005-2017
  • Listed, Multichannel News, "Top Dealmakers," 2014
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2010 and 2013-2014
  • Honored, CableFAX’s "Most Powerful Women in Cable," 2013
  • Named, U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012
  • Named, "Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast," Arrive magazine, 2011
  • Listed, Chambers & Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading business lawyers and law firms in the world, 2010 and 2011
  • Listed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Power Lawyers: Top 100 Outside Counsel," 2007
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2007
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

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  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Telecommunications Law
  • Member, Women in Cable & Telecommunications


  • J.D., magna cum laude, New York Law School
  • B.A., Comparative Literature, Bennington College
  • New York