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Wiley Rein’s Brett Shumate Named Telecommunications “Rising Star” By Law360

April 11, 2016

Washington DCBrett A. Shumate, a standout partner in Wiley Rein’s preeminent Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Practice, was profiled as a 2016 “Rising Star” by Law360, which named him one of the nation’s top three telecommunications attorneys under 40.

Mr. Shumate was cited for his “standout work in regulatory cases and appeals” and high-profile argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last year on a First Amendment challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules.

In addition to his D.C. Circuit oral argument for clients Alamo Broadband and Daniel Berninger regarding the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, the publication lauded Mr. Shumate for his work in helping Verizon successfully challenge the FCC’s 2010 net neutrality order at the D.C. Circuit; for co-authoring an amicus brief for a National Federation of Independent Business group in a challenge to Telephone Consumer Protection Act requirements; and for his efforts on behalf of a construction company owner, in which he played an “instrumental role” in convincing the Ninth Circuit to vacate the individual’s seven-year sentence in a tax fraud case.

Mr. Shumate described the net neutrality cases as some of his most interesting matters. “If the FCC can regulate the Internet, they can regulate the dominant form of communication in the 21st century, and their tentacles can touch everything,” he said. “By contrast, if the court cuts back on the FCC’s authority to regulate in this area, the FCC is going to be struggling to find its relevance in today’s age, because all forms of media are really converging on the Internet today in ways that they weren’t in the ‘90s and early 2000s.”

Law360’s profile of Mr. Shumate can be found here (subscription required).