Robert M. McDowell

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I have worked throughout my career to advance innovation and investment in the technology, media and telecom industries.

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CallTower Receives Investment From BV Investment Partners

November 16, 2023

Cooley advised CallTower, an international leader in delivering cloud-based, enterprise-class communications, contact center and collaboration solutions, on its investment from BV Investment Partners.

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Associate, Reston
Ehijele Olumese
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Chelsea André
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María Álvarez Requejo Heredero
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Belen Crisp
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Patricia Myers
Paralegal Specialist, Colorado
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Zillow Agrees to Acquire Follow Up Boss

November 1, 2023

Cooley advised Zillow Group, a company reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more people, on its definitive agreement to acquire Follow Up Boss, a customer relationship management system for real estate professionals, for $400 million in initial cash consideration and up to $100 million in a potential cash earnout.

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Partner, Seattle
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Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
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Partner, Palo Alto
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Partner, Washington, DC
Robert M. McDowell
Partner, Washington, DC
Stacey A. Bradford
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Eileen Leman
Associate, Los Angeles Downtown
Tyler McClure
Associate, San Francisco
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Associate, Washington, DC
Austin Holt
Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
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Associate, Chicago
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US Supreme Court Upholds FCC’s Modernized Television Station Ownership Rules, Affirming Cooley Amicus Briefs

April 25, 2022

The US Supreme Court ruled on April 1, 2021 that the Federal Communications Commission was within its authority to repeal or modify three long-standing media ownership controls. The decision aligned with arguments Cooley made in amicus briefs submitted on behalf of Gray Television that, after years of challenges, the FCC’s modernized rules finally should be allowed to take effect because the agency issued them in full compliance with its obligations under Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court found no issues with the agency’s 2017 decision, which eliminated bans on broadcast-newspaper and television-radio cross-ownership, nixed restrictions on cross-station advertising agreements and dropped a diversity-of-viewpoints rule for local markets. Lawyers David Mills, Robert McDowell and Barrett Anderson led the Cooley effort.

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Cooley Files Amicus Brief in Second Circuit in Interstate Communications Services Regulation Case

March 11, 2022

New York – March 10, 2022 – Cooley filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), a trade association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the country, in New York State Telecommunications Association, Inc. et al. v. James. The brief urges the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to uphold a lower court’s permanent injunction barring enforcement of New York’s Affordable Broadband Act (ABA), which regulates the rates, terms and conditions of internet service providers’ broadband internet access service offerings to the public. Partners David E. Mills and Robert McDowell are leading the Cooley team representing the CCA.

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Zoom to Acquire Five9 for $14.7 Billion

July 23, 2021

Cooley advised Zoom Video Communications on its agreement to acquire Five9, a leading provider of the intelligent cloud contact center, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $14.7 billion. Jamie Leigh, Ben Beerle, Anne Lieberman and Jon Avina led the Cooley team advising Zoom on the transaction.

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Associate, New York
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Partner, Palo Alto
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Partner, Washington, DC
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Partner, Brussels
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Partner in Charge – Brussels, Brussels
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Special Counsel, Brussels
Karen Tsai
Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Christine Graham
Special Counsel, London
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Special Counsel, Colorado
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Partner, Los Angeles Santa Monica
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Rankings & accolades

Super Lawyers: Washington, DC, Rising Star (2024)

Best Lawyers in America: Media Law

Chambers USA: Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite – District of Columbia (2020 – 2023)

Consumer Electronics Association: Digital Patriot Award

Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association: Chair Award

Legal 500: Telecom and Broadcast

Media Institute: Freedom of Speech Award

Minority, Media and Telecom Council (MMTC): Everett C. Parker Award

National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters: Power of Urban Radio Award

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Policy Studies: Jerry B. DuVall Public Service Award

Sports Fan Coalition: Most Valuable Policymaker

Memberships & affiliations

McLean Project for the Arts, Former Chairman and Board Member

The Hudson Institute, Senior Fellow

The Potomac School, former member, Board of Trustees

Shared Spectrum Company, Board of Directors

Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, Former Member, Board of Visitors