Brian W. Murray

Office Washington DC

Brian’s practice is premised on merging the future of communications with past successes and best practices. While counseling new entrants who aim to challenge the status quo in modern and innovative ways, Brian concurrently advises established service providers seeking to enter new lines of business utilizing these emerging technologies, yet still maintaining and modifying their more traditional offerings — such is the dual life of a communications lawyer who once upon a time alternated between playing a traditional tenor saxophone and a modern electronic synthesizer.

As a result, Brian’s substantive experience encompasses some of the most salient communications policy issues of the day — whether it is cybersecurity, the regulatory treatment of IP-based video and other broadband services, or the implications of foreign investments in the U.S.  At the same time, he is well versed in many traditional telecommunications and media regulatory issues that remain relevant even in an evolving marketplace.

These diverse client needs means Brian’s practice takes various forms — from participating in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings before the FCC to representing clients at all levels of the federal courts and state public utility commissions.  He also speaks and writes about communications law and policy issues in various arenas (but no longer performs on a saxophone or synthesizer).

Representative Engagements
  • Regularly counsel MVPDs on compliance, transactions, entry into adjacent markets, and regulatory classification issues
  • Served as co-counsel for incumbent telephone companies in FCC and appellate advocacy on Business Data Services (BDS) proceeding (2015-2018)
  • Advised and submitted comments on behalf of several clients in connection with cybersecurity proceedings at FCC, NTIA, and NIST (2015-2019)
  • Served as primary counsel for sale of major telecommunications company in reviews by FCC, CFIUS, and state public service commissions (2011-2012)
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  • Recognized in Best Lawyers for Communications Law (2017-2022)
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyer (Communications) (2014 – 2020)
  • Featured in Legal 500 US 2014, Telecoms & Broadcast Regulatory
  • Chair of WBK Attorney Development Committee; Former Chair (and current member) of WBK Associate Hiring Committee
  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
    • Co-Chair, Video Programming & Distribution Committee (2013 – 2016)
    • Co-Chair, National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition Committee (2008 – 2010)
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  • New Trump Order Could Impact Telecom Company Licenses Past and Present,” (April 2020)
  • Co-Author (with Rachel Wolkowitz), The International Comparative Legal Guide to Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws and Regulations 2019 (chapter on United States law)
  • Co-Author (with Natalie Roisman), The International Comparative Legal Guide to Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws and Regulations 2016 (chapter on United States law)
  • Co-Author (with Bryan Tramont), The Open Road Ahead for FCC’s Open Internet Rules, Law360 (June 2015)
  • Out With the Old, In With the New: The FCC and the Paradox of Broadband Access Mandates, SYRACUSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LAW REPORTER, available at (2008)
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Speeches and Presentations
  • Co-Presenter, Your Company’s Networks: 21st Century Battlefields, Espionage Platforms, and Crime Scenes: Cyber threats, policy risks, and what you can do about it, FCBA (Atlanta Chapter) CLE (2017)
  • Moderator, Critical Infrastructure and Information-Sharing: Threats and Opportunities, 2016 Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology Symposium
  • Panelist, Cybersecurity 101: How to Mitigate Risk to your Organization and Address Evolving Regulatory Obligations, Second Annual IAPP/FCBA Florida Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Symposium (2016)
  • Moderator, The Courts, the First Amendment, and the Future of Video, FCBA CLE panel (2014)
  • Panelist, FCC Enforcement Bureau Nuts and Bolts, FCBA CLE panel (2013)
  • Presenter, Overview of Universal Service Support for Rural Health Care, Virginia Telehealth Summit (2011)
  • Guest Lecturer, Communications Law, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America (2015, 2016)
  • Guest Lecturer, Communications Law, Marymount University (2018)
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Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • M. Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science
  • B.A., Duke University