Brett Shumate (’06) helps win D.C. Circuit appeal in Verizon v. FCC

Brett A. Shumate (’06) was part of a victory for Wiley Rein LLP’s client, Verizon Communications, in a recent case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. An associate at Wiley Rein LLP, Shumate was part of the appellate litigation team that represented Verizon in the case, Verizon v. FCC.

According to the news release from Wiley Rein LLP, “On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules for broadband internet access service providers.  These ‘net neutrality’ rules, which the FCC had adopted in December 2010, required fixed and mobile broadband providers to carry all Internet traffic regardless of its source.”

Shumate, who joined Wiley Rein in 2007 after clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,  works out of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. His accomplishments while at Wake Forest Law include: receiving his J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Best Advocate, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, East Region; and serving as an Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review.

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Brett A. Shumate (’06)