William E. Cook, Jr. provides strategic, transactional, litigation, legislative, administrative, and regulatory advice to wireline, wireless, cable television and Internet clients. Mr. Cook represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory bodies. He also represents clients in all aspects of communications-related transactions, and assists them in obtaining the consent of the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Justice, and state and local governments. Mr. Cook also has represented cable operators in franchise negotiations with local governments. He has been a frequent speaker on cable television and telecommunications regulatory and competition matters over the years before the Practising Law Institute, trade associations and other organizations. Mr. Cook is a former co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Broadband, Wireless, Cable and Diversity Committees.

Before Joining the firm, Mr. Cook was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard C. Erwin, Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. 

Experience

  • Represented the District's Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications on cable television franchising matters: cable rate regulation proceedings, franchise renewals, developing regulations, and regulatory and franchise enforcement matters.

Recognition

The Legal 500 US 2013-2015 for Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2012-2015 for Communications
Named as one of Savoy's "Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015"

Credentials

Education
  • AB, Duke University, 1984, magna cum laude
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1987, cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Activities
  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

  • DC Advisory Board, The Posse Foundation, Inc.

Clerkships
  • U.S. District Court, North Carolina M.D., Chief Judge Richard C. Erwin
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