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Markham C. Erickson

Markham C. Erickson

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Markham Cho Erickson is a partner and chair of Steptoe’s Internet, Media, and Telecommunications practice group, where he counsels clients in some of the most highly visible, complex legal matters in these sectors. He successfully applies novel and creative theories, earning precedent-setting outcomes on cases of first impression. Mr. Erickson has represented Internet companies since the beginning of the commercial Internet, and he has been the lead counsel for Internet firms in the so-called network neutrality debate since its inception. He regularly engages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on investigations, complaints, rulemakings, and proposed mergers in the communications sector, and represents technology companies on questions relating to copyright and technology.

Mr. Erickson is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top Internet and media lawyers. He serves as co-chair to the annual Broadband and Policy Law Seminar at the Practicing Law Institute in New York City. He is ranked in The Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA, where Mr. Erickson is described as being “as knowledgeable on internet matters as anyone I have ever met” and as a “first-rate lawyer.” In recognition of his authority in the field, Mr. Erickson was appointed by the White House to represent the United States before the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on Internet speech and regulatory matters.

In addition to leading his firm’s practice group, Mr. Erickson is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  He also is a member of the firm’s Professional Advancement Committee and its Hiring Committee.


  • Chambers USA, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (DC), 2016-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Media, Technology & Telecoms: Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory; Media, Technology & Telecoms: Telecoms & Broadcast – Transactional, 2015-2017
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Communications, 2017
  • Appointed, “Global Leader Mentor,” by the Republic of Korea, May 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Co-chair, Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2016, Practising Law Institute, New York
  • American Bar Association
  • Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy
  • Section on Intellectual Property Law
  • Chair of the Intellectual Property and Legislation Committee

Federal Communications Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Video Programming and Distribution Committee
Markham C. Erickson is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2019, Monday, May 13, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2019, Monday, May 13, 2019, New York, NY

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