Communications, Privacy and Internet Law REGULATORY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

WilmerHale's Communications, Privacy and Internet Law practice spans legal disciplines, technologies and borders to secure results for our clients. Our practice brings together some of the most talented communications lawyers from around the world with experience in all aspects of wireline and wireless telecommunications, Internet policy, privacy, e-commerce and media law.

We represent clients in regulatory and enforcement proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state and international agencies, including the European Commission (EC) and member state regulators. We also handle high-stakes litigation in federal, state and European courts and agencies. And we counsel clients on cutting-edge regulatory compliance issues and regulatory reforms, complex deals and deal-related matters.

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun


+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

Carome, Patrick J.

Patrick J. Carome


+1 202 663 6610 (t)


Michael Holter


+44 (0)20 7645 2574 (t)

Hurewitz, Barry J.

Barry J. Hurewitz


+1 202 663 6089 (t)

Jain, Samir

Samir Jain


+1 202 663 6083 (t)

von Hehn, Paul A.

Paul A. von Hehn


+32 475 902 965 (m) +32 2 285 49 03 (t)

Zachary, Heather

Heather Zachary


+1 202 663 6794 (t)

Publications & News


February 19, 2014

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules in Favor of WilmerHale and ACLU in Case Involving Cell Phone Privacy

On February 18, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in Commonwealth v. Augustine that a warrant will often be required when local or state police attempt to track the cell phones of Massachusetts residents.

February 13, 2014

NIST and DHS Release Final Cybersecurity Framework, Roadmap, and Voluntary Program for Cybersecurity Assistance

Yesterday, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final version of the voluntary federal cybersecurity standards known as the Cybersecurity Framework, along with a “Roadmap” explaining how the government will work with the private sector, other countries, and international organizations to refine and improve the Framework over the next several years.

January 27, 2014

Defense Department and GSA Issue Recommendations for Improving Cybersecurity in Government Contracting

On January 23, the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration published their joint recommendations to the President “on the feasibility, security benefits, and relative merits of incorporating security standards into acquisition planning and contract administration . . . [including] what steps can be taken to harmonize and make consistent existing procurement requirements related to cybersecurity.”

December 16, 2013

Legal 500 Germany 2014 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas

The Legal 500 launched its new edition Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, and recognizes WilmerHale in seven categories.

December 13, 2013

Support Continues to Build for New Export Controls on Cyber Monitoring Technologies

Amid growing worldwide concern about the security of commercial and government computer networks, the leading multilateral export control organization has moved toward new export controls for advanced computer network hardware, software and technologies that can be used to exploit cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

November 27, 2013

Understanding Iran Sanctions for US Business: The New Agreement Brings Some Change But Much is Left the Same

On November 24 in Geneva, the United States and the five other members of the P5+1 reached an initial agreement with Iran with the aim of ensuring that Iran's nuclear program will be entirely peaceful. Under the agreement, the United States and the EU will ease certain sanctions on Iran for a period of six months. However, this "limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible" sanctions relief means that US and foreign firms must closely monitor the implementation of the agreement.

November 26, 2013

What You Should Know About DOD's Cybersecurity Rule

An article co-authored by Benjamin Powell, Jonathan Cedarbaum, Barry Hurewitz, Randolph Moss and Jason Chipman, published in Law360.

November 21, 2013

Defense Department Publishes Final Rule Implementing Enhanced Information Protection and Cyber Incident Reporting Requirements

November 1, 2013

WilmerHale Among U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Again Named International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list names WilmerHale as “Law Firm of the Year” in International Arbitration—this is the second consecutive year that the firm has won this honor—and honors WilmerHale as a first-tier law firm in 27 national and 60 metro-area rankings.

October 24, 2013

NIST and DoD Issue Cybersecurity Guidance and Rules


  • The Legal 500 United States recognized our group in the 2013 edition of its annual guidebook in the technology: data protection and privacy, and telecoms and broadcast: regulatory categories, for our "high-profile litigation, complex transactions and regulatory compliance counseling." Individually, Samir Jain, Benjamin Powell and Heather Zachary are all recognized as leading attorneys.
  • In the 2014 Best Law Firm rankings by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, our communications law practice is ranked in the first tier nationally and in Washington DC.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business 2013 recognized our "bright, creative" group in the media and entertainment category, and praised us as "an excellent choice of counsel for matters concerning digital copyright and trademark infringement, as well as First Amendment litigation." Individually, Partner Pat Carome is cited as "an accomplished and experienced media litigator, with over 25 years of experience."
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business 2013 calls out our "well-regarded team" with a high ranking in the telecom, broadcast and satellite category, citing our work with "several of the market's top names," and representation of "a number of clients in FCC proceedings." Individually, Samir Jain is praised as "adviser who offers 'the whole package - he's very responsive and a good writer, and he understands the industry'"; and Heather Zachary is commended for her "high-profile regulatory issues and disputes."
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business 2013 recognized our privacy group in its national rankings for its "specialist knowledge on the application of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act."
  •  Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized our privacy and data security practice in the United States in 2014.