Rosemary C. Harold joined the firm as a partner in 2011, specializing in media, broadband, and First Amendment issues. She advises a wide range of clients – including commercial and noncommercial broadcasters, cable operators, video programmers, wireless providers, and satellite operators – on legal, regulatory, and policy matters. Her work includes representation of clients in major rulemakings, transactions both large and small, and regulatory compliance counseling. Ms. Harold also regularly provides investors and others in the financial community with insights into developments at the FCC and on Capitol Hill, including the interplay between the agency and lawmakers, as well as inter-agency dealings among the FCC, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission on competition issues.
From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Harold served at the Federal Communications Commission, most recently as Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell for media and broadband issues, with a particular focus on First Amendment concerns. She earlier served as Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau, where she led the staff teams working on major rulemakings such as video franchising reform and media ownership, as well as on major transactional reviews such as the Sirius/XM merger.
Before her government service, Ms. Harold’s work in private practice included FCC regulatory proceedings in the media, satellite, and wireless areas, diversity and EEO matters at the FCC and EEOC, and First Amendment commercial speech matters before the FTC, FDA and federal appellate courts. She began her career as a journalist, including work as a reporter and bureau chief for the Miami Herald, an editor at C-SPAN and, during law school, a columnist for the ABA Student Lawyer magazine.
Ms. Harold frequently speaks at industry conferences and events on media and broadband issues. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Women in Communications Law subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Communications Law, an adjunct professor in the Communications Law Institute at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, and member of Board of Advisors for the Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program at the College of William and Mary. An active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, Ms. Harold has served on the FCBA’s Executive Committee and co-chaired the FCBA’s Mass Media Committee, Video Programming & Distribution Committee, and Professional Responsibility Committee.