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Richard E. Wiley Named One of the “Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal

March 26, 2013

The National Law Journal has recognized Wiley Rein Chairman Richard E. Wiley as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” including him in a preeminent group of practitioners. Mr. Wiley is the only communications regulatory attorney named to this prestigious list of  “law’s power elite.”

Mr. Wiley—former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who leads the firm’s preeminent Communications Practice—was singled out by The National Law Journal as an exceptional business leader with political clout, noting that his “influence over telecommunications policy remains so great he’s widely known as the FCC’s ‘sixth commissioner.’” The story further noted that Mr. Wiley is “the communications lawyer big companies seek out when they need a regulatory change.”

The publication chose the top 100 performers based on accomplishments during the past seven years. Individuals were selected based on deep access to critical government leaders, achieving results for clients, having a high profile in the media, possessing strong ties in the business world and demonstrating thought leadership. The attorneys on the list are from a wide range of backgrounds including private practice, academia and government.