Matthew A. Brill

Matthew Brill is global Chair of the Communications Law Practice and a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice. He represents communications companies in a broad range of matters including regulatory, litigation and transactional.

Mr. Brill advises service providers, investors, lenders and other clients on traditional telecommunications and media issues as well as emerging technologies issues. He regularly represents:

  • Leading cable operators 
  • Wireless carriers 
  • Internet service providers 
  • Satellite carriers 
  • E-commerce companies

Mr. Brill represents clients in proceedings before: 

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
  • Federal and state courts 
  • State public utility commissions

The leading legal directories, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Washingtonian, Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Communications and The Best Lawyers in America, consistently recognize Mr. Brill as a leading communications lawyer on Latham & Watkins' first-tier D.C. communications team. In 2014 and 2015, he was recommended by The Legal 500 US as a “Leading Lawyer” for his regulatory work in the telecoms and broadcast industry. In 2015, Mr. Brill was recognized as a “Telecommunications MVP” by Law360 and was named to BTI Consulting Group's "Client Service All-Star List," which recognizes national leaders in superior client service identified directly by corporate counsel and executives.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Brill served as the Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy at the FCC, where he worked with the FCC Chairman’s office, other commissioners and agency staff. He also was the liaison to senior industry executives, trade associations and state regulators and worked closely with members of Congress and their staffs on a variety of legislative proposals. Mr. Brill’s work at the FCC included developing national policies governing: 

  • Broadband Internet access 
  • Voice-over-IP (VoIP) services 
  • Local telephone competition 
  • Universal service subsidies 
  • Intercarrier compensation arrangements 
  • Spectrum allocation 
  • The digital television transition

Before joining the FCC in 2001, Mr. Brill was in private practice, representing telecommunications carriers and other clients in FCC and court proceedings, including several in the US Supreme Court and Circuit Courts. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Brill is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and has chaired the FCBA’s Common Carrier Practice Committee.