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Wiley Rein & Fielding's Communications Practice and Richard E. Wiley Receive Top Honors; Lawrence W. Secrest III Named a Leading Lawyer

October 12, 2005

Washington, DC—In its annual rating of Washington, DC legal practices, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has once again bestowed top honors on Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP’s Communications Practice and its managing partner, Richard E. Wiley.   Partner Lawrence W. Secrest III, head of the firm’s Media Group also receives accolades as a “steady, unflappable, very careful lawyer” and has been named a “Leading Individual” in his field. 

Chambers bases its rankings on extensive interviews of law firms’ clients, colleagues and competitors.  For the third consecutive year, its guide has rated WRF’s Communications Practice “one of the highest quality shops in town.”  Recognizing the group’s prowess handling regulatory matters, interviewees told Chambers, “When they have an argument, the FCC tends to listen.”

Richard E. Wiley once again assumes the top slot among the area’s communications attorneys, a position Chambers reserves for those who are “the first names that roll off everyone’s lips, the standard by which others are judged.”  In part, Chambers’ profile of him notes, “the market consensus on ‘brilliant’ Dick Wiley was summed up by one commentator: ‘He’s been the king of the telecom world for a long time.’ Having ‘helped to invent modern telecom law’ as well as being ‘well connected as a Republican with a Republican administration in town,’ he has had his fingers in some of the nation’s most important cases.”

Wiley Rein & Fielding has the most comprehensive team of communications law specialists in the United States. More than 75 attorneys are engaged full time in the Communications Practice Group, which encompasses virtually all aspects of the federal, state and international laws governing the media and telecommunications industry.