RICK BECKNER is co-leader of the Telecom and Internet Competition practice, which was named a “Telecommunications Group of the Year” by Law360 in 2019. A former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, Rick represents companies in regulated industries in a range of complex litigation and appellate matters before federal agencies, federal district courts, courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He also has experience handling competition-related administrative and merger proceedings before federal agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Justice.
Rick has represented AT&T in a broad range of telecommunications matters, including those involving “net neutrality” regulation, access charge rates, and wireless service, as well as numerous merger proceedings. Rick has drafted pleadings in these areas before the FCC, the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court.
While at the Department of Justice, Rick was responsible for overseeing the Torts Branch, handling complex torts actions against the United States and senior federal officials in a range of areas, including national security and constitutional tort cases, and cases arising out of the environmental, immigration, law enforcement aviation and admiralty contexts. He also oversaw the DOJ’s Office of Consumer Litigation, responsible for both civil and criminal enforcement in federal court of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, and other similar statutes. As a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Rick argued a number of cases involving national security issues, sovereign immunity, constitutional law, admiralty law and mass torts.
Rick has been ranked for Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite in District of Columbia by Chambers USA (2023). He is also recognized by Benchmark Appellate (2013) as a D.C. Circuit Litigation Star, and is regularly recommended by The Legal 500.