William E. Cook, Jr.

William E. Cook, Jr.

Retired Partner

William E. Cook, Jr. is a retired partner who provided strategic, transactional, litigation, legislative, administrative, and regulatory advice to wireline, wireless, multichannel video, Internet, media, and communications equipment clients, as well as nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and other clients. Mr. Cook helped clients address the ever-changing technological, policy, and legal challenges facing their businesses before the US Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory bodies. He also represented clients in all aspects of communications-related transactions, and assisted them in obtaining the consent of the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Justice, and state and local governments to such transactions.  Mr. Cook also advised clients on data privacy issues and compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act.

Mr. Cook has been a frequent speaker on multichannel video and telecommunications regulatory and competition matters over the years before the Practising Law Institute, trade associations and other organizations. He is currently co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association's Privacy and Data Security Committee, and is a former co-chair of the 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.


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1987, cum laude
  • AB, Duke University, 1984, magna cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, The Honorable Richard C. Erwin
  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

  • DC Advisory Board, The Posse Foundation, Inc.

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