WASHINGTON, D.C.—Experienced telecom partner, Marty Stern, a former deputy chief for competition matters at the FCC and DOJ trial attorney, has joined Womble Carlyle’s Communications, Technology and Mass Media Team in Washington, D.C.

Stern has 20 years of experience in private practice helping telecom and broadband providers grow their businesses and meet regulatory requirements. He has served as lead telecom regulatory and land use counsel on fiber-optic cable and wireless facility projects, in both the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, he was a partner and head of the Telecom, Media and Technology practice at another law firm.

Stern also handles commercial transactions and policy matters in the telecom and media sectors, and guides telecom, broadband and media companies in complex regulatory issues arising from mergers, acquisitions, financings and restructuring activities, including involving foreign investment in the U.S.  Stern represents clients before the FCC, including on thorny enforcement matters, and before other federal and state regulatory authorities.

He has authored dozens of published articles on the telecom industry for a variety of publications, and is a frequent speaker on economic, policy, and compliance issues involving telecom, media, and Internet-related matters.  He was also the chair and editor of the ABA Telecom Antitrust Handbook, a comprehensive guide to antitrust considerations in telecom, broadband access, and video programming distribution.

“Communications Technology and our representation of the telecom, broadband, cable television, and communication technologies industries is a vibrant practice at Womble Carlyle,” said Mark Poovey, Chair of the firm’s Antitrust, Regulatory and Government Affairs Practice Group. “Our team includes such respected industry leaders as Doug Bonner, John Garziglia, Peter Gutmann, Mark Palchick and Gregg Skall—and Marty is a great addition to that team.”

“I’m delighted to be joining Womble Carlyle and its top-notch telecom and media practice here in D.C.,” said Stern, “and am particularly excited at the new opportunities in the telecom and media space presented by these expanded capabilities.”

Womble Carlyle D.C. Office Managing Partner Pam Rothenberg said, “These past few weeks have been tremendous for the D.C. Office. We’ve added three top-flight lateral attorneys—Alex Park, John Cuddihy and, now, Marty Stern—and more good things are still to come in 2016.”

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