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After a long and diverse legal career in Washington, D.C. I have joined “Ferree Law” to defend those facing criminal charges.  


I received my law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992, graduating summa cum laude and order of the coif.  While at Georgetown, I received the Hugh J. Fegan award for the highest academic average in the class, was a Law Fellow teaching assistant, and was selected to the Georgetown Law Journal based on academic performance.  In addition to my law degree, I have an M.B.A. from San Jose State University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.


My path in the law has not been without unexpected turns.  I began my career by clerking for a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which led naturally upon the termination of my clerkship to a position in the appellate practice at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering of Washington, D.C.  After two years with Wilmer, I took my practice to a small firm called Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright, where I became a partner in 1998.


In 2001, my appellate career was interrupted when I was, by political appointment, named Chief of the Media Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.  At one point, USA Today suggested that I had "one of the sharpest legal minds in Washington" ( After my political term ended, I served for six months as interim President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, overseeing the primary funding mechanism for the public radio and television broadcasting systems in the United States, and then joined the Entertainment and Media Practice Group of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner.  For most of the past three years, I served as President and CEO of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank. 



Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    3 years
  2. Appeals: 10%
    3 years
  3. Administrative Law: 10%
    3 years



Hourly ($50-200/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Wayne. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Raymond C Wadlow

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Ken both on the same side and as opponents on various issues while he was with the FCC. He is a very bright and talented lawyer who is able to sort through matters and see the key issue. I have no reservation in giving him my highest recommendation.


    Raymond Wadlow Telecommunications Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Ferree Law

9138 Arlon Street
Suite A3-572
Anchorage, AK, 99507


DCInactive 199307/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Named U.S. Commissioner for UNESCOUnited Nations2008
Academy of Digital Television PioneersConsumer Electronics Association2005
Graduated Summa Cum LaudeGeorgetown University Law Center1992
Order of the CoifGeorgetown University Law Center1992
Fegan Award -- Highest academic averageGeorgetown University Law Center1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFerree Law2010 - Present
PresidentProgress & Freedom Foundation2007 - 2010
PartnerSheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton2005 - 2007
Interim PresidentCorporation for Public Broadcasting2005 - 2005
Chief, Media BureauFederal Communications Commission2001 - 2005
PartnerGoldberg, Godles, Wiener and Wright1994 - 2001
AssociateWilmer, Cutler & Pickering1993 - 1994
Law Clerk to Hon. Harry T. EdwardsUnited States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Progress & Freedom FoundationBoard Member2005 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Comcast v. FCCComcast prevailed
Comcast v. FCCComcast prevailed
PanAmSat v. FCCPanAmSat prevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Progress On PointThe Wrong Way to Reinvent Media -- Part 52010
Technology Liberation FrontThe Wrong Way to Reinvent Media -- Part 12010
Practicing Law Institute -- Broadband and Cable Industry Law 2010The FCC's New Effort to Regulate the Internet2010
Progress & Freedom FoundationThe Digital Economy Fact Book2009
Practicing Law InstituteCable Television Law 20092009
Progress SnapshotElephants Do Not Hide in Mouse Holes2008
Progress SnapshotJudgement Day2008
Progress SnapshotLocal Broadcasting in Extremis2008
Progress SnapshotWhose Airwaves Are They Anyway?2008
Progress SnapshotUpon Further Review2007
Media WeekCPB's Cox Out; FCCer Ferree In2005
New York Times MagazineQuestions for Ken Ferree2005
USA TodayFCC's Media Bureau Chief Rolls with Blunt Force2003
Media WeekThe FCC's Gatekeeper2002
Media WeekSuper-Bureau Opens2002
Los Angeles TimesFCC Official in Media Hotseat2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
San Jose State UniversityFinanceM.B.A.1987
Dartmouth CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Conference of California Public Utility CounselRegulatory models for the 21st Century2010
California Cable & Telecommunications Association Fall MeetingThe Future of Cable Regulation2010
The New FCC-- What Will it Mean for CableThe New FCC Chairman2009
Media Ownership ProceedingsTestimony before the Federal Communications Commission2009
Renewal of the Satellite Home Viewer ActTestimony before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet2008
Countdown to 2009Making the Digital Television Transition Work2008
Competition in the Sports Programming MarketplaceTestimony before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet2008
Digital Media ConferenceThe DTV Transition2007
FCC Open MeetingMedia Bureau Presentation -- FCC Agenda2005
PFF Policy LuncheonShould the Net's Physical Layer be Regulated?2004
FCC Open Meeting -- SeptemberMedia Bureau Presentation -- Children's Television2004
FCC Open Meeting -- JuneMedia Bureau Presentation -- Video Competition2004
FCC Open Meeting -- JanuaryMedia Bureau Presentation -- FCC Agenda2004
FCC Open Meeting -- AugustMedia Bureau Presentation -- Conversion to Digital Television2004
FCC Open Meeting -- AprilMedia Bureau Presentation on Digital Audio Broadcasting2004
Developments at the FCC and CongressAccelerating the Transition to Digital Television2004
Completing the Digital Television TransitionTestimony Before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation2004
Advancing the DTV TransitionTestimony Before the House Commerce Committee2004
FCC Open Meeting -- SeptemberMedia Bureau Presentation -- Video Navigation Devices2003
FCC Open Meeting -- OctoberMedia Bureau Presentation -- DTV Transition2003
FCC Open Meeting -- JuneMedia Bureau Presentation -- Media Ownership Limits2003
FCC Open Meeting -- JanuaryMedia Bureau Presentation -- FCC Agenda2003
FCC Open Meeting -- AugustMedia Bureau Presentation -- Low Power Digital Television2003
Copyright Piracy Prevention and the Broadcast FlagTestimony Before the House Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property2003
53rd Annual Broadcast SymposiumFrom Dead to Dynamo2003
Press ConferenceFCC Decision to Deny the Echostar-Directv Merger Application2002
Press ConferenceAT&T/Comcast Merger2002
National Association of Minorities in Cable Annual ConferenceDigital Connections: Creating a World Without Boundaries2002
FCC Open Meeting -- SeptemberMedia Bureau Presentation -- Media Ownership Limits2002
FCC Open Meeting -- OctoberMedia Bureau Presentation -- Digital Audio Radio2002
FCC Open Meeting -- NovemberMedia Bureau Presentation -- Cable EEO Rules2002
FCC Open Meeting -- MayMedia Bureau Presentation -- DTV Conversion2002
FCC Open Meeting -- MarchMedia Bureau Presentation -- Broadband Access Over Cable2002
FCC Open Meeting -- JuneMedia Bureau Presentation -- Cable Programming Diversity2002
FCC Open Meeting -- JanuaryMedia Bureau Presentation -- FCC Agenda2002
FCC Open Meeting -- AugustMedia Bureau Presentation -- Digital Broadcast Copy Protection2002
FCC Open Meeting -- SeptemberCable Bureau Presentation -- Cable Ownership Limits2001
FCC Open Meeting -- JuneCable Bureau Presentation -- Competition in Video Programming Distribution2001
21st Annual Conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and AdvisorsKeynote2001