Areas of Practice
Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1993
  • Wheaton College, B.A., English Literature, 1989
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Markham Cho Erickson

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Washington DC 20036
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Markham Erickson is chair of Steptoe’s Internet, Media, and Telecommunications practice group, where he counsels clients in some of the most highly visible, complex legal matters in these sectors. He successfully applies novel and creative theories, earning precedent-setting outcomes on cases of first impression. Mr. Erickson has represented Internet companies since the beginning of the commercial Internet, and he has been the lead counsel for Internet firms in the so-called network neutrality debate since its inception. He regularly engages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on investigations, complaints, rulemakings, and proposed mergers in the communications sector, and represents technology companies on questions relating to copyright and technology.

Mr. Erickson is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top Internet and media lawyers. He serves as co-chair to the annual Broadband and Policy Law Seminar at the Practicing Law Institute in New York City. He is ranked in The Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA, where Mr. Erickson is described as being “as knowledgeable on internet matters as anyone I have ever met” and as a “first-rate lawyer.” In recognition of his authority in the field, Mr. Erickson was appointed by the White House to represent the United States before the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on Internet speech and regulatory matters.

In addition to leading his firm’s practice group, Mr. Erickson is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  He also is a member of the firm’s Professional Advancement Committee and its Hiring Committee.

Representative Matters

  • Represents Netflix, Inc., on a wide range of regulatory matters before the FCC, including in the open Internet docket, video and broadband matters, and accessibility issues. Previously represented Netflix in successfully opposing the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
  • Represents INCOMPAS, the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners, before the FCC in the open Internet docket and dockets relating to broadband infrastructure issues.
  • Represented a leading over-the-top video provider on global regulatory due-diligence matters.
  • Represented Skype on US and global regulatory matters.
  • Represents Level 3, Netflix, and INCOMPAS before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in intervening to support the FCC’s Open Internet Rule and Order.
  • Represented Bloomberg Television before the FCC in a major cable merger proceeding and secured a first-ever channel “neighborhooding” condition, which required the cable provider to place Bloomberg TV in certain news neighborhoods on the provider’s channel lineups. 
  • Represented a coalition of leading Internet companies before the office of the United States Trade Representative in successfully promoting a first-ever modification to the trade template for copyright.
  • Represented a coalition of leading Internet companies in drafting amicus briefs in Cartoon Network, LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc., 536 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2008) (Cablevision DVR case).
  • Represented a coalition of leading Internet companies in drafting an amicus brief in MGM v. Grokster, 380 F.3d 1154 (9th Cir. 2004).
  • Represented a coalition of federally recognized Indian tribes before the Bureau of Indian Affairs to successfully advocate for rules limiting “reservation shopping” for gaming purposes.
  • Represented a federally recognized Indian tribe before the UN in its deliberation of the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Noteworthy

  • Chambers USA, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (DC), 2016-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Media, Technology & Telecoms: Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory; Media, Technology & Telecoms: Telecoms & Broadcast – Transactional, 2015-2017
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Communications, 2017 
  • Appointed, “Global Leader Mentor,” by the Republic of Korea, May 2014

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Professional Affiliations

  • Co-chair, Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2016, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY
  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy
    • Section on Intellectual Property Law
    • Chair of the Intellectual Property and Legislation Committee
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Video Programming and Distribution Committee