Jonathan A. Friedman is a partner and Co-Chair of the Communications & Media Group, focusing on communications, technology, and Internet law and policy. He regularly advises clients on regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal and state agencies.

Jonathan has extensive experience representing major cable operators, video programmers, and equipment manufacturers in rulemaking proceedings and adjudications at the FCC. He also has represented clients in various energy conservation proceedings at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.


Jonathan is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and has served as Co-Chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee for the Alexandria City Public Schools. He has authored numerous articles on communications and Internet law, and lectured on technology law and policy. Prior to joining Willkie, Jonathan served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Lee Hamilton.

  • "Limiting Tort Liability for Online Third-Party Content Under Section 230 of the Communications Act," Federal Communications Law Journal, May 2000 (co-authored)
  • "Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to Limit Potential Copyright Liability Online," Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, Winter 1999-2000 (co-authored), reprinted in The Best in E-Commerce Law, 2001
  • "Maximizing the Enforceability of Click-Wrap Agreements," E-Commerce Law Report November 1999, and Journal of Technology Law and Policy, Spring 2000 (co-authored)
  • "Emerging Issues in Internet Law," (published internally by Willkie Farr & Gallagher, September 1999 (co-authored)
  • "Charitable Choice and the Establishment Clause," Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty, Winter 1997
  • Representing Comcast Corporation in FCC rulemakings on broadband, video devices, and accessibility policies, and Department of Energy rulemakings on energy conservation.
  • Advising Arris Group, Inc., Pace Americas, Inc., and other device manufacturers on regulatory requirements for cable and broadband equipment.
  • Advising YES Network, iN DEMAND, and other cable networks on legal and regulatory requirements affecting cable networks.
  • Advising the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) in FCC rulemakings involving equipment compatibility standards.
  • Representing the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in negotiating and drafting television football contracts with ESPN and ABC.



Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1998 Harvard University, A.B., 1986

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, 1999 Virginia, 1999