WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 7, 2015) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Marc S. Martin has joined the firm as a partner and chair of the firm’s Communications practice. He was previously a partner at K&L Gates.  Joining with him as senior counsel in the Communications practice is Brendon P. Fowler. 


Marc provides counsel on regulatory, compliance and transactional matters to companies, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector.  He has significant experience structuring and negotiating agreements in the areas of technology and content licensing, procurement, mobile applications and distribution platforms.  Marc’s regulatory experience includes the representation of clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, the executive branch and the courts in TMT transactions, spectrum issues and auctions, FCC rulemakings, enforcement cases, privacy matters, commercial disputes and related issues.


“Marc’s depth of experience in counseling telecommunications, media and technology companies on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues makes him a valuable addition to our practice at a time when there is significant change taking place in the industry such as the rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the recently announced Open Internet Rules,” said John Devaney, Managing Partner of the Firm.  “Perkins Coie has been on the cutting edge of new communication technologies and policies for decades, and Marc’s addition to the Firm shows our commitment to serving clients in the ever-changing Internet space.”


Brendon has worked extensively with Marc representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels and has experience advising clients on FCC rulemaking, licensing and enforcement matters, and administrative law, and representing them in litigation.


“We are thrilled to welcome Marc and Brendon to the Perkins Coie team,” said Bill Malley, office managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  “Both are  highly regarded practitioners in the communications field, and their extensive knowledge and capabilities will further enhance the services we are able to provide to clients in Washington, D.C. and across the country.”


Marc has advised and counseled market-leading mobile wireless operators, online music services, online gaming software companies, broadcasters, entertainment companies and others in regulatory compliance matters and critical mergers, acquisitions, ventures and agreements.  Earlier in his career, Marc served as an attorney in the FCC’s Office of Plans and Policy and in the predecessor to the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  He also served as the chief legal officer for several technology and media companies.


He is regularly recognized as a leader in his field, including his selection as a “Top Washington Lawyer” finalist for Tech Transactions by the Washington Business Journal, and frequently writes and speaks on issues impacting the TMT sector.  Marc earned his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law (cum laude) and received his B.A. from Connecticut College (with distinction).


Brendon earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law where he was assistant executive editor of the Duke Law and Technology Review; he received his A.B. (cum laude) from Bowdoin College.


Perkins Coie’s Communications attorneys advise clients on regulatory and policy-oriented matters, intellectual property development and licensing, technology acquisition, antitrust, litigation, early-stage financing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as a range of other agreements and transactions.  We work with clients to understand their specific needs and then assist in developing creative solutions to help achieve their business goals.  We have long been at the forefront of the communications industry and have a strong base from which to draw the knowledge and experience needed to offer industry-specific advice and the flexibility to adapt to emerging technologies or applications.


About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia.  The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent startups, as well as public and not-for-profit Organizations.