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Barbara S. Esbin

Barbara S. Esbin

Cinnamon Mueller

Washington, DC, USA

Barbara S. Esbin is a partner with the law firm of Cinnamon Mueller, and head of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  With over twenty-five years of experience in communications law and policy, she advises and represents communications companies before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Congress, and in the courts.  Ms. Esbin’s practice includes advising and representing the American Cable Association, the leading national trade association for small and medium-sized cable and broadband companies.  She also advises and represents individual cable, broadband and telecommunications clients on a wide range of business, strategic and FCC regulatory and compliance matters, and provides strategic counsel to investment research groups.  Ms. Esbin joined Cinnamon Mueller in 2010 after an extended tenure with the FCC, and following her position as a Senior Fellow at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank specializing in communications policy and law.  She served for over fourteen years at the FCC in a variety of senior staff positions in the Enforcement, Media, Cable Services, Wireless Telecommunications, and Common Carrier Bureaus, including four years as Associate Chief, Media Bureau.  In that capacity, she represented the Bureau on a number of inter-agency efforts and led the review of several major industry mergers and rulemakings addressing cable and broadband competition issues.  Between her two FCC engagements, Ms. Esbin was a partner in a private law firm, specializing in cable and broadband regulatory and compliance matters.  Prior to joining the FCC, she was a senior associate in a private firm specializing in electric utility regulation.  Ms. Esbin held judicial clerkships, respectively, on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.  She received her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and her B.A. from Antioch College.

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