Bert Rein, Andrew McBride, Richard E. Wiley Receive Honors

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 14:46

Founding partner Bert W. Rein and Communications Litigation chair Andrew G. McBride have been named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, DC by Best Lawyers.  Mr. Rein was singled out for his leading work in “Administrative/Regulatory Law,” while Mr. McBride received recognition as a standout in “Communications Law.”  Only one lawyer in a major metropolitan area and legal specialty receives the annual honor.

According to Best Lawyers, the award “reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.”

Earlier this year, The National Law Journal named Mr. Rein to a select group of “Visionary” Washington attorneys who have “advanced the practice of law” with results that extend “far beyond the Beltway.”  In selecting Mr. Rein, the publication reported he has “built a career as a classic Washington lawyer with a finger in antitrust, food and drug regulation, communications law and commercial litigation.”

Mr. McBride is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and served 10 years in the Department of Justice.  He specializes in litigation issues surrounding wireless technologies, the Internet and all forms of new media.  Mr. McBride led the team that secured a First Amendment victory for the Wireless Industry in CTIA v. City and County of San Francisco.  The case was argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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The American Lawyer has selected Wiley Rein chairman Richard E. Wiley to receive a prestigious 2012 Lifetime Achiever Award.  Mr. Wiley’s extraordinary career is profiled in the magazine’s September 2012 issue, along with a select group of lawyers “whose contributions to law and to society have made significant positive impacts.”  The American Lawyer editor-in-chief, Robin Sparkman, said in a statement that “our 2012 class of Lifetime Achievers boasts extraordinary professional success and a true dedication to public service.”

Among the many highlights of his career, Mr. Wiley was recognized for his high-profile government service as FCC chairman and his leadership organizing a “Grand Alliance” in the development of the nation’s standard for high-definition television (HDTV), which placed the United States on the cutting-edge of the world stage for this technology.  He was cited for building the firm he co-founded into one of most influential law firms in the Capital, which according to the publication places Wiley Rein firmly in the “top echelon of Washington firms.”  As lead counsel for industry giants, Mr. Wiley has “worked on some of the telecommunications industry’s biggest deals” in the past decade, securing FCC regulatory approval for these bet-the-company transactions.

As a testament to Wiley’s influence in the industry, his colleagues have lauded his legal and business acumen with such high praise as: “Wiley’s name is still magic” at the FCC and “all companies want Dick Wiley as their lawyer.”

A black-tie gala will be held October 24, 2012, in New York City to recognize this year’s eight “Lifetime Achiever” honorees.

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Wiley Rein chairman Richard E. Wiley was selected for a profile in the September issue of Washington Lawyer’s iconic “Legends in the Law” series.  The luminous career of Mr. Wiley—described as a “superstar,” one of the “decade’s most influential lawyers,” a Washington, DC “power broker” and the “father of HDTV”—is outlined in his own words.

The feature Q&A explores Mr. Wiley’s rich professional life, noting his leadership in building the country’s foremost communications practice, his business acumen as a founding partner for a firm The National Law Journal described as “a pillar of the Washington legal establishment” and his decade-long pro bono work heading up the FCC’s Advisory Committee on HDTV in the development of the nation’s standard for high-definition television, for which he received two Emmy® Awards.  A lifelong teacher and mentor, Mr. Wiley concluded with: “The truth is that with organization, discipline and enthusiasm, there is time for everything in life, and…I intend to continue to try and do it all.”

Washington Lawyer, a District of Columbia Bar publication, periodically profiles “Legends in the Law,” who are selected by the DC Bar’s Publications Committee on the basis of their “prominence” and “individual impact on the law and the legal profession.”  Only 57 such interviews have been conducted since the founding of the DC Bar 40 years ago.

Mr. Wiley has received numerous accolades throughout his storied career, including being named a Washington “Visionary” by The National Law Journal, the “most influential media and telecommunications lawyer in the United States” by the International Herald Tribune and one of the top “100 Men of the Century” by Broadcasting & Cable.

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Twenty-one Wiley Rein partners – more than ever before – have been ranked at the top of their profession by Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review directory for attorneys. The firm’s lawyers are ranked in the Washington, DC area across 18 areas of the law.  Of note, this marks the 30th consecutive year that Wiley Rein chairman Richard E. Wiley has been included as one of the nation's elite lawyers.

Included on the 2013 list are Rand L. Allen (Government Relations); Thomas W. Brunner (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law); Ralph J. Caccia (Criminal Defense: White-Collar); Laura A. Foggan (Insurance Law); H. Jason Gold (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation); Mark N. Lipp (Communications Law); Andrew G. McBride (Appellate Practice, Communications Law); Bruce L. McDonald (Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation); Valerie P. Morrison (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation); Kirk J. Nahra (Health Care Law); Thomas W. Queen (Franchise Law); Bert W. Rein (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Communications Law, FDA Law); Henry M. Rivera (Communications Law); R. Michael Senkowski (Communications Law); Robert A. Smith (Franchise Law); Daniel J. Standish (Insurance Law); Michael E. Toner (Government Relations); Dylan G. Trache (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law); James H. Wallace, Jr. (Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation); David B. Weinberg (Environmental Law); and Richard E. Wiley (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Communications Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law).