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Henry M. Rivera

Henry M. Rivera

Wiley Rein LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Henry M. Rivera

Mr. Rivera is an internationally recognized communications expert, author, speaker and conference leader in the communications field. A former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, this highly experienced practitioner has been named one of the District of Columbia's "Super Lawyers" and among The Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law. He has also been singled out as a "Leading Lawyer" by Chambers USA and named among the top 12 Telecom experts in the U.S. by Legal Media Group's Best of the Best.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • More than 37 years of experience representing clients in all types of business transactions, including telecommunications transactions and telecommunications-related bankruptcies.
  • Significant experience with all Washington advocacy venues of significance to communications policy-making.
  • Experienced in all types of FCC rulemaking proceedings.
  • Counseled clients on routine observance of FCC rules, including development of strategic plans and advice on implications for their businesses of pending federal communications-related legislation and FCC regulations.
  • Advised international clients on regulatory and political issues regarding regulation and privatization, including counseling foreign postal, telegraph and telephone services (PTTs) on the organization and operation of regulatory agencies necessitated by privatization of their telecommunications providers.
  • Served as an expert witness in communications law-related cases in federal and state courts, and in state administrative proceedings and in an arbitration.
  • Served as a senior advisor to several U.S. international telecommunications delegations and to the U.S. Department of State.
  • Served as a member of the INTELSAT Panel of Legal Experts.
  • Represented and counseled a major local exchange carrier in connection with obtaining a local cable television franchise and in drafting a franchise agreement for an internet protocol television (IPTV) system.
  • Represented and counseled a major local exchange carrier and its affiliated cable television companies and wireless carrier in all federal and state regulatory matters.
  • Represented a major airline in an FCC proceeding involving Over-the-Air-Reception-Devices.
  • Represented major wireless companies in spectrum lease and license transfer transactions.
  • Served as trustee of several trusts created to facilitate mergers and acquisitions of broadcast properties.
  • Represented clients with respect to the E-Rate program.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (1981-1985).
  • Co-Head, Agency Review Team, Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team (2008).
  • Member, Federal Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State (2004-Present).
  • Chair and Member, Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, Federal Communications Commission (2003-Present).
  • Member, Advanced Television Field Test Technical Oversight Committee, Federal Communications Commission (1992).
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, Federal Communications Commission (1988).
  • Member, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, Federal Communications Commission (1983-1985).
  •  Supervisory Commissioner, Telecommunications Industry Advisory Group to Revise Uniform System of Accounts, Federal Communications Commission (1982).
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee on Alternative Financing for Minority Opportunities in Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission (1982).
AFFILIATIONS
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation (ABF).
  • Director, Foundation for the National Archives (2007-Present).
  • Chair, Advisory Council, Archdiocesan Legal Network (2004-2006).
  • Past Chair and Board Member, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc. (2004-Present).
  • General Counsel, Benton Foundation (2003-Present).
  • University of New Mexico Foundation (2003-2008).
  • Board of Trustees, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (1995-Present).
  • Chairman, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) (1994-Present).
  • Vice-Chairman, Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media (1987-Present).
HONORS & AWARDS
  • Named a pre-eminent telecommunications practitioner by the Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers (2008, 2010).   
  • Recipient of the Federal Communications Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award (2007).
  • Recipient of The Independent Spanish Broadcasters Association "Friend of Spanish Broadcasting" award (2007).
  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" by Super Lawyers magazine (2007-2010, Corporate Counsel Edition, August 2008).
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Communications Law (2007-2011).
  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (2006-2010).
  • Named among the top 12 Telecom experts in the U.S. by Legal Media Group's Best of the Best (2006).
  • Recognized by the Archdiocesan Legal Network and John Carroll Society for outstanding Pro Bono service.
  • Recognized as a "Leading Individual" in the field of Communications & IT law by the Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer? directory (2008-2009).
  • Named as one of the "practice area's elite" in the International Who's Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers (2007-2010).
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