Alfred E. Mottur - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Alfred E. Mottur

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

Al Mottur is well known for his extensive experience in telecommunications policy in the Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission. Al has helped numerous major corporations and other clients develop and execute complex public policy advocacy strategies in the Congress and in many Executive Branch Agencies, including the FCC, the FTC, and the Department of Agriculture. He has provided strategic counsel to clients primarily in the financial services, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and media sectors of the economy.

Al is the former Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, DC, office and former Government Relations Department Co-Chair.

Prior to joining the firm, Al served as senior communications counsel for the United States Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Al served in this role as a senior staffer for Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC) who was both the ranking member and the Chairman of the Committee during Al's time in the Senate. As committee counsel for four years, he was responsible for all telecommunications legislation, policy and hearings in the Senate Commerce Committee, including privacy, broadcast, cable, satellite, media ownership rules, Internet, common carrier, spectrum, wireless issues and oversight of the FCC.

Before joining the Commerce Committee senior staff, Al was an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld's Washington, DC office, where he represented clients on a variety of public policy issues before Congress and the Clinton Administration, including telecommunications, intellectual property, internet issues, electricity deregulation and Puerto Rico's political status. Al began his legal career as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine, following his graduation from Georgetown University Law School.

Al has been principally involved in many successful efforts including:

  • In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, successfully worked with policymakers to make it possible for the satellite industry to compete for stimulus funding for broadband infrastructure.
  • In Health Care Reform, aided a major pharmaceutical company in its successful fight to preserve patent protection for costly, research intensive, biological pharmaceutical products.
  • At the FCC, worked successfully to overturn a bureau level decision eliminating a client's satellite license authorization and obtain a favorable decision from the Commission reinstating the license.
  • Spearheaded a successful negotiation involving a telecommunications company and two federal agencies resulting in a favorable outcome for the client, thereby preserving its business model.
  • Amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to eliminate frivolous lawsuits against private contractors working on behalf of hundreds of America’s district attorneys.
  • Managing a client's sensitive settlement discussions with the enforcement bureau of the FCC to minimize the fine ultimately levied by the Commission.

Additional Information


Brownstein advocated on behalf of DISH Network Corporation (DISH) for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to remove outdated regulations and grant terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. The FCC's actions directly facilitated wireless competition and innovation.

Faced with intense Congressional scrutiny, Brownstein worked with our client to develop congressional messaging, engage in meetings in the United States Senate, and prepare for a high profile congressional hearing, ultimately mitigating Congressional concerns.

Brownstein team for a major corporate client during a very intense period of crisis management when the company was under scrutiny from the Congress, including Hill outreach and extensive hearing preparation. This resulted in two successful hearings on Capitol Hill.

Secured $3.5 million in federal funding over the next three years under the Ryan White program to provide services to HIV/AIDS patients on behalf of our client.

Successfully lobbied the NY Governors Office and state legislature to defeat a proposed budget measure that called for the revocation of a foreign tax credit treaty exemption. The measure would have raised billions by imposing a double tax on global companies paying taxation abroad with countries under an existing treaty.





Williams College•BA 1989Georgetown University Law Center•J.D. 1994
American Bar Association Federal Communications Bar Association

Office Location

1350 I Street, NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Practice Areas

Communications Law