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James L. Casserly

James L. Casserly


Washington, DC, USA


James L. Casserly is a partner in the Communications, Media & Privacy Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Casserly specializes in communications policy and transactional matters, with particular emphasis on the cable industry, including high-speed cable Internet service, digital television, competition policies, and ownership issues.

Prior to joining Willkie, Mr. Casserly was a partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., and at Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey.  From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Casserly served as Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Susan Ness.  As top advisor to the senior Commissioner, he was active in deliberations concerning the full scope of matters arising before the FCC, ranging from competitive safeguards and intercarrier compensation to spectrum auctions and children’s television programming.  He was also integrally involved in all aspects of the agency’s implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, with particular attention to local telephone competition, universal service, and federal-state jurisdictional relationships.  His duties at the FCC included strategic planning, congressional and executive branch liaison, legal and political analysis, negotiations, speechwriting, and media relations.

Earlier, Mr. Casserly clerked at what is now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

He is a graduate of Tufts College, A.B. 1973, magna cum laude and Columbia Law School, J.D. 1976, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Teaching Fellow in Civil Procedure.

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