William E. Cook, Jr. provides 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 helps 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 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 to such transactions.  Mr. Cook also has 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.


  • AT&T Inc.'s FCC counsel in its acquisition of DIRECTV.
  • AT&T Inc. (formerly SBC) with most major telecommunications mergers during the past 20 years.
  • Advise clients on compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the CAN-SPAM Act.
  • Advice clients on data privacy issues in connection with the provision of online communications.
  • Nonprofit entity creating an online educational services platform.
  • National cable company in contested administrative franchise renewal proceedings and franchise renewal litigation.
  • Foreign clients in advising on US communications laws.
  • Strategic advice on cable franchising, administrative, and renewal issues.
  • Various FCC rulemakings to implement and interpret the provisions of the 1984 and 1992 Cable Acts and the 1996 Telecommunications Act.



Named as one of the "Most Influential Black Lawyers" (2015, 2018)
The Legal 500 US
Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory (2013-2018)
Washington, DC Super Lawyers
Communications; State, Local & Municipal (2012-2018)


  • 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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