Robert M. McDowell


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

Rob McDowell is co-chair of Cooley's global communications practice group and he advises telecommunications, media and technology clients on their most significant regulatory, legal and business matters. As a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and a highly regarded industry leader, Rob has been at the forefront of the most complex and groundbreaking issues facing telecommunications.

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  • US Supreme Court Upholds FCC’s Modernized Television Station Ownership Rules, Affirming Cooley Amicus Briefs 

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

  • Zoom to Acquire Five9 for $14.7 Billion 

  • ION Media Agrees to Sell to E.W. Scripps for $2.65 Billion 

  • T-Mobile Merger with Sprint 

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  • William & Mary Law School
    JD, Order of the Barristers, 1990

  • Duke University
    BA, cum laude, 1985

Admissions & Credentials


District of Columbia


  • 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

Rankings & Accolades

    Best Lawyers in America: Media Law

    Chambers USA: Telecom, Broadcast and Satellite

    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