Here’s Where William T. Lake Will Now Work


WASHINGTON, D.C.—William T. Lake has traded in his office at The Portals for a spot on K Street just steps away from the Farragut North Metro station.

The former FCC Media Bureau Chief — a veteran communications lawyer — has joined the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) Practice at Wiley Rein LLP as consulting counsel.

Lake will provide counsel to clients on a variety of telecommunications and media issues.

Lake served as head of the Media Bureau from 2009 to 2017, advising companies in the U.S. and international communications industries on regulatory, competition, intellectual property, and trade issues.

Lake was named to that leadership role following his service as FCC coordinator for the digital television transition in 2009.

“Bill’s intellectual rigor, unique insight, and deep experience make him a valuable addition to our TMT Practice, and we’re delighted that he is joining the team,” said Kathleen A. Kirby, co-chair of the Practice. “He is an exceptional lawyer, widely regarded for his work at the FCC, and his government perspective and private sector experience on critical issues impacting companies in the telecommunications and media industries will be of immense value to our clients.”

Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Lake was a partner at Washington, D.C. law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he led the communications and electronic commerce practice. He also has served as Principal Deputy Legal Advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Counsel to the Council on Environmental Quality, Counselor to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and as part of the World Wildlife Fund leadership team.

“Wiley Rein has an unparalleled regulatory team with outstanding expertise in transactional and policy issues in the media and telecom sector,” Lake said. “Their preeminent TMT Group is one that combines regulatory prowess with public policy, international advocacy, trade, intellectual property, government contracts, and litigation experience. I am proud to join this team of consummate professionals.”

Wiley Rein has the largest Telecom, Media & Technology law group in the U.S., with more than 60 attorneys and engineers engaged full time in the practice.