Chris Wright, the head of
the appellate group at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP since 2001, is both
an appellate lawyer and a communications lawyer. Prior to joining the firm, Mr.
Wright served as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, in
the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, and as a law clerk to
Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Wright is
one of very few lawyers who has argued more than twenty cases in both the
Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit, and he has argued in many of the other
federal circuit as well.
As a generalist appellate lawyer, Mr. Wright has argued cases in
diverse areas of law from administrative law to tort law. The firm is
experienced both in taking the lead on appeals handled at earlier stages by
other firms and in helping other counsel prepare briefs and conduct appellate
arguments. The firm has filed amicus briefs on a variety of topics in the
Supreme Court and the federal circuits. As a generalist appellate lawyer, Mr.
Wright and HWG’s appellate group work with their clients to make complex issues
comprehensible to generalist judges.
Mr. Wright is a former President of
the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, the nation’s preeminent association of
appellate lawyers, and is currently recognized as an outstanding appellate
lawyer by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. Mr. Wright is a member of the Board
of Governors of the D.C. Circuit Historical Society and a former member of the
D.C. Circuit’s Rules Committee. He co-teaches the D.C. Bar’s annual course on
Judicial Review of Agency Decisions.
- Representing a foreign government in Foreign
Sovereign Immunities Act cases in the D.C. Circuit.
- Filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court
defending the Minimum Coverage and Medicaid provisions of the Affordable Care
- Assisting a small plaintiffs’ firm in the
Supreme Court and the Second Circuit in an ERISA class action.
As a communications lawyer, Mr. Wright counsels clients and
represents them in proceedings at the FCC. Mr. Wright has worked on a wide
variety of communications matters on behalf of communications companies of
every type. As General Counsel of the FCC, Mr. Wright assisted the Chairman and
Commissioners in drafting the Commission's orders on all aspects of
communications law. He established the FCC's Transaction Team and supervised
its oversight of issues relating to mergers.
Mr. Wright is President-Elect of
the Federal Communications Bar Association, the nation’s preeminent association
of communications lawyers, and is currently recognized as an outstanding communication
lawyer by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and many other publications. Mr. Wright
has testified before congressional committees, both as FCC counsel and in
private practice, and served as an expert witness on communications law issues.
- Representing communications companies in FCC
rulemakings and enforcement proceedings.
- Counseling companies that receive compensation
from funds administered by the FCC.
- Representing telecommunications carriers supporting
and opposing mergers.
As an appellate lawyer in communications cases, Mr. Wright has
handled cases involving all areas of communications law. Mr. Wright is uniquely
qualified to handle appeals in communications cases since he is (a) the only person
selected by his peers to lead the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and the
Federal Communications Bar Association, and (b) the only person currently recognized
as both an outstanding appellate lawyer and an outstanding communications
lawyer by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers.
- Bringing appellate cases on behalf of companies
challenging rules or sanctions adopted by the FCC.
- Representing coalitions of companies that
intervene to defend favorable decisions of the FCC in the appellate courts.
- Filing amicus briefs on behalf of communications
companies in appellate courts.