August 4, 2008

David A. O’Connor Joins Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Washington, D.C. communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP has announced that David A. O'Connor joined the firm as a partner effective August 1, 2008.

Mr. O'Connor was a Partner (and previously an Associate) in the Telecommunications Practice Group of the Washington, DC office of Holland & Knight. While in law school, he served as a Legal Intern in the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission and in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

While in private practice, Mr. O'Connor has advised clients in the negotiation of agreements for the purchase and sale of numerous television and radio stations around the country and for retransmission consents with cable, satellite and IP video providers. He has also provided regulatory guidance and expertise to his broadcast clients as well as to other clients on FCC-related matters in such diverse areas as the upcoming digital television (DTV) transition, the provision of Telecommunications Relay Services, the leasing of Educational Broadband Service spectrum, satellite-delivered services (including Direct Broadcast Satellite service), the provision of Internet-based video relay services (VRS) and the E-rate program. Mr. O'Connor also has been an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, currently serving as co-chair of the association's Mass Media Practice Committee and the Nominations Committee.

In welcoming Mr. O'Connor to Wilkinson Barker Knauer, L. Andrew Tollin, Managing Partner, said, "We are delighted that David has chosen to join our firm. His broad set of legal skills will further enhance Wilkinson Barker's ability to provide top-quality services to our clients. In addition, David's broadcast expertise will add additional depth to our growing media and technology practice." Mr. O'Connor commented, "I am very excited to be able to move my practice to one of the premier communications firms in the country, whose talented pool of lawyers will enable me to better serve my clients. I am also looking forward to assisting the firm's existing client base and being part of the firm's continued growth."

Mr. O'Connor received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Florida State University. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School. In addition, he holds an LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center, which he received with distinction in all subjects.

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Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP is one of the largest law firms in the nation dedicated exclusively to the practice of communications and technology law. The firm advises its clients, which range from global Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups, in regulatory, transactional, corporate and litigation matters involving all aspects of telecommunications and mass media. More information about the firm can be found at