Mottur, Alfred E.
Al

Al Mottur is a well-known Democratic strategist and lobbyist with extensive experience in front of Congress and the administration.  He is a highly regarded telecommunications lawyer who has  been listed as a Top Telecommunications Lawyer since 2014.   He is also a leading Democratic fundraiser, most recently serving as a member of Hillary Clinton’s national finance leadership team, and has been included in The Hill’s list of Top Lobbyists since 2011.  Al also regularly comments on politics and business in the national media, and is a regular contributor to Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, The Huffington Post and POTUS radio.

Al has helped numerous major corporations develop and execute complex public policy advocacy strategies in Congress and in many executive branch agencies including the FCC, the FTC and the Department of Agriculture. He also provides strategic counsel to clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, education and media sectors of the economy.

Al is the former managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C., 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 Sen. 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, D.C. 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.
Representative Matters
  • 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.

  • Working with Congressional committees of jurisdiction to challenge the Food and Drug Administration to apply more accurate risk/benefit profiles to needed therapies for obesity. Secured the introduction of and support for federal legislation to provide reimbursement for these therapies under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

  • Brownstein successfully guided major public policy efforts for Comcast Corporation, including advocating in favor of its acquisition of NBCUniversal, which was approved by both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice after significant Congressional oversight.

  • Brownstein successfully advocated against AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile for an informal coalition of companies seeking to preserve a competitive mobile wireless marketplace.

  • 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.

  • Lobbied Congress to include and reauthorize a "pro-investment provision" that allows businesses to deduct 100% of their equipment expenses to help stimulate the economy and job growth in 2008 and 2010.

  • Brownstein, along with a coalition of businesses, successfully convinced Congress to pass legislation granting a five-year carryback for net operating losses. This provision helped Fortune 50 companies to redirect billions of dollars for investment and job creation.

  • During the health care reform debate, helped a major pharmaceutical company successfully advocate for a new FDA-approval pathway for follow-on biologic treatments in a way that preserves the United States' competitive edge in biotechnology while ensuring an appropriate balance between investment in new discovery and containing costs to patients.

  • Worked on behalf of a small biopharmaceutical company to ensure new Medicaid rules would not make it cost-prohibitive to provide its rare-disease medicine to Medicare recipients.

  • Preserving data protections for costly, research intensive, biological pharmaceutical products; ensuring appropriate reimbursement rates for life sustaining products; and including healthy lifestyle initiatives in the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Health Care Reform, aided a major pharmaceutical company in its successful fight to preserve patent protection for costly, research intensive, biological pharmaceutical products.

  • 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 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.

  • Brownstein successfully assisted AMC Theatres in sensitive proceedings involving foreign investment, CFIUS, and occasioned political interest. Brownstein worked to inoculate these matters from undue political pressure.

  • Provided strategic advice and organization to an informal coalition of companies concerned about the makeup of the Federal Judiciary, resulting in legislation to modernize judicial salaries passing both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

  • Amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to eliminate frivolous lawsuits against private contractors working on behalf of hundreds of America’s district attorneys.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • On behalf of Verizon and Comcast, successfully helped guide efforts to secure approval of spectrum transaction by both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice after significant congressional oversight.

News & Events
Community

Board of Directors, Wider Circle

Advisory Board, Hollings Cancer Center

Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 1994, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., 1989, with highest honors, Williams College
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Recognition

Top Washington Lobbyists, The Hill, 2011-2016

Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2013-2015

Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2017

Membership
American Bar Association
Federal Communications Bar Association
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