Cliff Harrington is a partner in the law firm's Communications practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. He has handled a broad range of communications matters for over 30 years.
Mr. Harrington has taken a leading role in numerous asset and stock sales and corporate mergers involving broadcast licensees, cable system operators, and programming services. These transactions have ranged from the sale of small radio stations to the sale of a leading national cable programmer at a price of over $1 billion. Several of these transactions have involved novel structural issues relating to regulatory limits on multiple and foreign ownership of media facilities.
His industry focus also extends to the network-affiliate relationship. Mr. Harrington has drafted model network affiliation agreements for two national television networks. He has also advised clients with regard to their obligations under such agreements, and negotiated affiliation agreements on behalf of broadcast licensees.
Mr. Harrington regularly advises clients on a wide range of regulatory compliance issues. He has particular interest in the law of political broadcasting, technology and the relationship of cable, satellite and broadcasting.
Mr. Harrington is an experienced administrative litigator. He has appeared before the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Courts of Appeals as senior counsel in a number of complex administrative proceedings involving broadcast, cellular, cable, and copyright issues. He also represents parties in music licensing negotiations and in compulsory license ratemaking and distribution proceedings before Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels of the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
Mr. Harrington is a regular contributor to CommLawCenter.com, Pillsbury's one-stop resource center covering a wide array of communications law matters.
- Legal 500 US, Telecom & Broadcast (2007-2014)
Federal Communications Bar Association; American Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
“Equal Employment Opportunity Session,” Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Conference, Elkhart Lake, WI, June 17,2009
“Political and Legislative Update,” Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Summer Conference, Elkhart Lake, WI, June 18, 2009