Rachel S. Wolkowitz

Office Washington DC

Rachel helps clients understand and shape the regulatory process as they introduce new technologies into their businesses and onto the market. She helps technology and media companies, carriers and manufacturers comply with and develop FCC regulations related to accessibility, hearing aid compatibility, equipment authorization and marketing. She also guides clients with emerging legal and policy issues before the FTC, FAA, PTO and other agencies related to the Internet of Things, drones, privacy, consumer protection and trademark. Having been an in-house attorney, Rachel appreciates the pressures in-house counsel face and leverages her experience into exceptional client service.

Rachel is the Chair of the WBK Women’s Initiative.

Representative Engagements
  • Assisted clients in navigating the equipment certification rules to preserve confidentiality until product launch, import pre-certified devices for customer evaluation and operation, understand whether product modifications require new authorizations, and develop compliance plans in accordance with consent decrees.
  • Advocated for the wireless and consumer technology industries in FCC rulemakings concerning, among other issues, accessible user interfaces, advanced communications services, and hearing-aid compatibility (HAC).
  • Advise clients on complying with the FCC’s accessible telecommunications, advanced communications services, HAC, and telecommunications relay services rules.
  • Assisted clients incorporating UAS (drones) into their operations navigate the changing federal, state, and local legal landscape; drafted comments on FAA rulemakings, crafted compliance plans for broadcasters supplementing news-copters with drones, stewarded UAS manufacturers through FCC equipment authorization requirements, and analyzed dozens of federal, state, and local proposals to regulate UAS and UAS operations.
  • Assists clients in clearing proposed trademark and service marks as well as preparing and filing trademark and service mark applications
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  • Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Communications Law (2021, 2022)
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Speeches and Presentations
  • FCBA CLE on Drone Technology, Panelist, September 2018
  • “Cable Consolidation: Antitrust and the FCC,” Second Annual Fordham Law Entertainment Law Symposium, Moderator, March 2016
  • “Drones and Utilities: Policy and Regulations,” Kinetic webinar series, co-presenter with Mark Wiranowski, February 2016
  • FCBA CLE on Navigating the FCC’s Accessibility Rules, Panelist, December 2015
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Pro Bono and Volunteer Projects
  • Member, Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the FCBA Foundation
  • Liturgy Committee, Congregation Bet Mishpachah (edited an LGBTQ+ inclusive Shabbat prayer book (2018) and a High Holidays prayer book (2021))
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