Frederick C. Boucher - Sidley Austin LLP

Frederick C. Boucher

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

RICK BOUCHER serves as the head of Sidley’s Government Strategies group. He focuses his practice on counseling clients whose business needs require the development of public policy strategies in the telecommunications, life sciences, energy and the environment, and financial services industries. Prior to joining Sidley, Mr. Boucher served for 28 years in the U.S. House of Representatives as Virginia’s 9th District Congressman. During his Congressional tenure he served on the House Energy and Commerce and Judiciary Committees and chaired the subcommittees on Energy and Air Quality; and Communications, Technology and the Internet. He carved out a role as a trusted bipartisan leader on critical issues. He was a leading participant in every major telecommunications policy debate over the past 25 years. A subcommittee that he chaired oversaw the commercialization of the Internet and its transition from a government-owned R&D project, and he authored the 1992 law that permitted the first commercial use of the Internet. He was one of two co-founders of the Congressional Internet Caucus, and served as co-chairman of the 170 member group for 15 years. Mr. Boucher was instrumental in drafting the initial legislation providing privacy rights for Internet users and has been a longstanding proponent of fair use opportunities for digital media purchasers. In the areas of energy and the environment, he helped to fashion the Clean Air Amendments of 1990 and was a major participant in the formulation of greenhouse gas control legislation, having worked extensively with business leaders to achieve a legislative balance that garnered the support of the business community. In that effort, he organized and chaired 28 days of hearings on global climate change and drafted cap and trade legislation for greenhouse gas control which became the foundation for the legislation that passed the House in 2009. In addition to his energy and telecommunications-related work, Mr. Boucher drafted and introduced the Bipartisan Free Flow of Information Act, and was the lead Democratic co-sponsor of both the Comprehensive Bankruptcy Reform and Class-Action Reform measures, signed into law by President George W. Bush. Mr. Boucher also served in the Virginia Senate for seven years and before entering public service was in the private practice of law for 12 years in New York and Virginia.

Roanoke CollegeBA 1968University of VirginiaJ.D. 1971

Office Location

1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Practice Areas

Communications Law