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Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center; Order of the Coif

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Southern California; Phi Beta Kappa

Law Journals

Senior Staff, The Tax Lawyer

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Maryland Bar

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Ari draws upon his experience in the areas of regulatory policy and compliance, transactions, and litigation, to provide clients in the communications and technology sectors with a holistic approach to their legal needs. He counsels broadcast, cable, telecommunications, equipment manufacturer, and investor clients on matters including spectrum policy, content distribution (including retransmission consent), network-affiliate relations, mergers and acquisitions, and FCC enforcement actions.

Ari has become a leading authority on the business opportunities available to television stations in the post-auction environment, having played an integral role in crafting the FCC rules governing the incentive auction and the post-auction transition. He works with clients to formulate policy recommendations, and has drafted numerous and significant pleadings and advocated industry positions at all levels of the FCC. Through these efforts, he has developed a deep knowledge of the FCC’s exceedingly complex post-inventive auction transition of broadcast television stations, which involves relocating nearly 1,000 television stations to new over-the-air channels over a three-year period so a portion of the spectrum allocated for broadcast television can be repurposed for use in wireless broadband. In addition, he counsels broadcasters on confidential mergers and acquisitions and negotiates and drafts multifaceted agreements among parties that will share channels post-auction.

As the television industry continues to find new ways to deliver content to viewers "when they want it and how they want it," Ari is at the forefront of that transformation. He advises leading television station owners regarding the transition to the new television broadcast standard, ATSC 3.0, which will allow broadcasters to transmit in 4K and better enable them to reach mobile devices and tablets.

Ari also counsels companies on issues related to the distribution of content over the Internet, including helping them to protect and defend their trademark rights and to advise them on copyright matters, including under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 

Additionally, Ari represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state trial and appellate proceedings throughout the United States, including cases relating to trademark and copyright, contractual disputes, and administrative procedure.

Ari is the leading editor for WileyonMedia blog that is followed by more than 1,000 industry executives, as well as government officials.

Representative Experience

  • Advised Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. on potential broadcast incentive auction and post-auction transition issues in its 2017 cash and stock acquisition of TV station owner Media General.
  • Served as lead counsel in the broadcast incentive auction proceeding for some of the country’s largest television station groups, including the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition (a group of 87 TV stations), a leading television equipment manufacturer, and potential forward auction participants.
  • Lead NRJ TV through the approval and implementation of the first channel sharing agreement implemented under the FCC’s new rules.
  • Advises broadcast station licensees, cable operators, and media investors on a wide range of FCC regulatory compliance matters, including initial licensing, facilities modifications, assignments and transfers, ownership and attribution rules, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), closed captioning, and sponsorship identification.
  • Provides strategic guidance to television station owners and a leading equipment manufacturer regarding the forthcoming broadcast incentive auction.
  • Counsels broadcasters and cable programmers on agreements for program acquisition, network affiliation, syndicated programming, and news sharing. These negotiations frequently involve copyright issues relating to broadcast, mobile and digital distribution rights, and concerns regarding regulatory compliance.
  • Develops and executes strategies for protecting and enforcing trademarks and copyrights on the Internet, including prosecution and defense of domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA).
  • Drafts complex agreements that advance client business objectives consistent with complex regulatory schemes, including asset purchase agreements, credit agreements, channel sharing agreements, registry-registrant agreements, and registry-affiliate agreements.
  • Litigates complex commercial disputes in the state and federal courts across the country.

Professional Experience

  • Legal Intern, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Office of Chairman Julius Genachowski (2009)
  • Segment Producer, ABC News and Good Morning America (2004-2007)
  • News Producer, Tribune Broadcasting (2002-2004)
  • News Producer, WPSD-TV (2001-2002)

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)

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