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Oct 6, 2015

David Goodfriend is Founder and President of Goodfriend Government Affairs, with current and past clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to start-up ventures, to non-profit advocacy organizations in the telecommunications, media, technology, homebuilding, and renewable energy sectors.

David served as Deputy Staff Secretary to President William Jefferson Clinton; professional staff member to congressional committees chaired by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Charles B. Rangel (D-NY); and Media Legal Advisor to a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. In the private sector, David was Vice President of Law and Public Policy at DISH Network, the second largest satellite TV provider in the U.S. He was a telecommunications associate at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

David handles matters before the U.S. Senate and House, particularly the Judiciary and Commerce committees; the Federal Communications Commission; the Department of Justice Antitrust Division; the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; the Rural Utility Service; and the White House.

David is a Professorial Lecturer in Law (adjunct faculty) at the George Washington University Law School, specializing in telecommunications and technology policy, and a guest lecturer in the Georgetown University undergraduate government program. Starting in Fall of 2013, David will be an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Georgetown University Law Center.

David was named by Multichannel News as one of the “40 Under 40” and by Broadcasting & Cable as a “Fifth Estater.” He has been past co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Legislation Committee and serves on the Advisory Board of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.

David received his J.D., cum laude, from The Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Beloit College.


In this episode we discussed:

  1. Why the Sports Blackout Rule was bad for Sports Fans.
  2. How David advocated for the FCC to overturn the Sports Blackout Rule and won.
  3. How to establish yourself in Washington, D.C.