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Legal Times Names Richard E. Wiley a Leading Communications Lawyer

July 18, 2007

Wiley Rein Managing Partner and Communications Practice chair Richard E. Wiley has been named a "Leading Communications Lawyer" by Legal Times, which notes that, having been called "the godfather of HDTV" and "the brand name of the communications bar," "[i]t's not easy to come up with new accolades for Richard Wiley."

The Legal Times profile of Mr. Wiley lauds his "skills as a strategist, his industry-wide expertise, and his extensive network of connections," praise echoed by clients, who told the paper that he is "a truly terrific strategist" with "a tremendous capability for building and maintaining relationships with clients and people in government and the industry at large."  One long-time client told Legal Times, "People trust his judgment.  He's so straightforward.  He's greatly admired by people across the political spectrum.  He treats everyone with respect."

As reported by Legal Times, "High-profile deals are rather a specialty for Wiley."  He currently represents Sirius Satellite Radio before the FCC in its bid to merge with XM Satellite Radio, and he recently helped IntelSat win FCC approval for the $6.1 billion purchase of PanAmSat Holding Corp., thus forming the world's largest satellite company.  Mr. Wiley also represented Comcast when, with Time Warner, the cable company bought Adelphia for $17 billion.

Mr. Wiley told Legal Times he does not anticipating slowing down any time soon.  "I've always found this field fascinating," he said.  "It keeps an old guy like me wanting to come back to the office."