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Sam Feder

Sam Feder

Jenner & Block LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Samuel (Sam) Feder is managing partner of the firm’s DC office and co-chair of the Communications, Internet & Technology Practice.  He represents cable, telecom, media and technology companies in a wide variety of matters including litigation, proceedings before regulatory agencies and transactions.  Mr. Feder’s practice is enhanced by the knowledge and experience gained from serving as General Counsel to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, before that, as a senior legal and policy advisor to two FCC Commissioners.

Mr. Feder has been named among the top lawyers in his field by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Washingtonian, Washington DC Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Media and First Amendment Practice, the firm’s Hiring Committee for the Washington, DC, office and the Hiring Executive Committee. An active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, he co-chaired the group’s Judicial Practice Committee from 2005 to 2011.

Mr. Feder has represented clients on numerous significant matters before the FCC, including net neutrality, broadband classification, universal service, and intercarrier compensation. He has also litigated a wide range of cases, including disputes over the compensation carriers pay to each other for carrying voice traffic, exclusive arrangements between cable providers and programmers, the regulatory classification of VoIP service and retention marketing.  Additionally, Mr. Feder has worked on a number of significant transactions, including Comcast-NBCU and CenturyTel-Embarq, and, while at the FCC, SBC-AT&T, Verizon-MCI and AT&T-BellSouth.  As General Counsel of the FCC, Mr. Feder advised the Chairman and the other Commissioners on all significant issues facing the agency. He represented the FCC in litigation before the federal courts of appeals and coordinated agency review of all transactions requiring FCC approval.


Best Lawyers in America -2014-2017
Communications Law

Chambers USA
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory (District of Columbia) - 2010- 2016

Legal 500
Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory - 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 (Leading Lawyer)
Media, Technology and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional - 2016

Washingtonian Magazine
Top Lawyer - Communication – 2013

Washington DC Super Lawyers
Communications - 2013-2016


Federal Communications Bar Association

Co-chair, Judicial Practice Committee, 2005-2011

Legal Aid Society of District of Columbia Board Member, 2014-present

College of William & Mary Public Policy Program Board Member, 2013-present


Client Alert: Here Comes Sunshine: FCC Transparency Rule Guidance, May 26, 2016

Client Alert: FCC Imposes Comprehensive Data Security Requirements in Settlement with Cable Company, November 11, 2015

Co-Author, Communications: Regulation and Outsourcing in United States: Overview,” Practical Law, November 2015

“Data Security Has a New Sheriff in Town,” Daily Journal, November 17, 2014

“Verizon Settlement Signals FCC’s Growing Privacy Focus,” Law360, September 11, 2014

Client Alert: Verizon Privacy Settlement Signals FCC’s Growing Privacy Focus, September 9, 2014

Co-Author, “City of Arlington v. FCC: The Death of Chevron Step Zero?”
Federal Communications Law Journal, January 2014

"FCC Open Internet Order: Is Net Neutrality Itself Problematic for Free Speech?" Communications Lawyer, June 2011

Co-Author, "Cell Phone Litigation Advisory: Calling for Coverage," Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance, Vol. 24, No. 11, January 20, 2010

Insurance Counselor, Winter 2010

Client Advisory: Calling for Coverage, November 20, 2009

Speaking Engagements

“The FCC's Open Internet Order - A Law and Economic Analysis,” Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, March 24, 2015

“The New Net Neutrality Rules: How Have Other Regulated Fields Tackled Similar Issues?”  American Bar Association, March 03, 2015

“19th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Telecommunications Law,” Law Seminars International, April 07, 2014 to April 08, 2014

"Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2014," Practising Law Institute, January 26, 2014

“Broadband and Cable Industry Seminar 2013,” Practising Law Institute, January 28, 2013

“The Business of Financing Business,” The Milken Institute Global Conference - Shaping the Future, Los Angeles, CA, May 01, 2011 to May 04, 2011

Comcast v. FCC: The FCC’s Jurisdiction Over Broadband and the Implications for Net Neutrality,” Practising Law Institute Teleconference, April 30, 2010

“Historical Perspective and Current Issues,” Federal Communications Bar Association CLE Seminar, Washington, DC, March 04, 2010

"The Judicial Year in Review," Federal Communications Bar Association CLE Seminar, Washington, DC, June 10, 2009

Moderator, "Future of Telecommunications," Practising Law Institute 26th Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation, Washington, DC, December 05, 2008


Communications, Internet & Technology Litigation

Media and First Amendment


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1995; summa cum laude; Daniel H. Grady Prize (highest scholastic average in the class at graduation); Class of 1908 Award (highest scholastic average in the class at the end of second year); Maurice Weigle Award (highest scholastic average in the class at the end of first year); Order of the Coif; Note Editor, Michigan Law Review

College of William & Mary, A.B., 1992; cum laude


District of Columbia, 1999

Maryland, 1996


U.S. Supreme Court, 2004

U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 2005

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2006

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1996

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1996

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1999


Hon. Edward R. Becker, U.S. Court of

Appeals, Third Circuit 1995 - 1996 (Clerkship)


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