MARK D. SCHNEIDER, has practiced with Sidley Austin LLP's Communications group since 1984, except for several years of service at the Federal Communications Commission. From September of 1999 until June of 2001, he served as Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Susan Ness. From June 2001 until January of 2002, he served as Associate General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission. From 1992 until he joined the Commission, he was a partner with Sidley & Austin, the law firm he joined as an associate after graduating law school in 1984.
Mr. Schneider practices before the FCC and Federal and state courts in the broadcast and cable, common carrier, international and wireless fields. He represents television and radio stations, wireless operators, telephone companies, equipment manufacturers, private radio operators and lending institutions regarding FCC regulations and other communications law issues. His practice includes litigation, counseling clients, corporate and transactional matters, as well as preparation and prosecution of applications and other requests before the FCC. He represents media and wireless companies in structuring transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, in prosecuting applications for FCC authorizations, and in litigation matters before the FCC and courts. He prepares and files comments on behalf of communications companies in rulemaking proceedings, advises lending and investment institutions regarding the impact of FCC regulations, and counsels equipment manufactures on the lawfulness of manufacture and sale of devices utilizing radio frequency.
Mr. Schneider is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching Communications Law and Policy. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown, after graduating from Haverford College. He served as an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal while at the Georgetown University Law Center.
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
- Federal Communications Bar Association; Former President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Executive Committee. Former co-chair, FCBA Wireless Telecommunications Practice Committee.
- Former member, Governing Committee (1998-2000), ABA Forum on Communication