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He is a communications attorney with nearly 40 years of experience. His practice includes cable TV franchise renewal, E-rate funding, interconnection agreements, and submarine cable licenses, and Mark regularly advocates for his clients before the FCC.
Mr. Palchick has been an attorney in the communications field since 1975. He is experienced in matters relating to international copyright, negotiations of program affiliation agreements, E-rate funding, pole attachment matters, interconnection agreements between private carriers and other FCC regulatory matters. In 2013 he was honored by the Cable Television Industry and inducted into the Cable Pioneers.
Mr. Palchick currently represents competitive telecommunication providers and cable television operators in the Caribbean, cable television group owners in the United States, and E-rate vendors and local school districts. He has been active in the advancement of the legalization of satellite program carriage throughout the Caribbean. He assists cable television operators in the negotiation of program affiliation agreements and was responsible for creating the Caribbean Cable Cooperative, a buying cooperative for the acquisition of cable television program services by Caribbean cable television operators. His work with local school districts and E-rate vendors has made it possible for school districts to obtain millions of dollars in E-Rate funding from the federal government.
Mr. Palchick began his career as an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission’s Cable Television Bureau. He has served as General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Cablevision Industries, Inc., a major multiple system cable operator, and as Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a government think tank designed to advise the White House on communications policy matters. Mr. Palchick was an Adjunct Professor of Law for over twenty years at The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University where he taught courses on the regulation of communications and telecommunications.
In 2014, Mr. Palchick was named one of the Telecom industry’s nine “Dealmakers—Lawyers Who Make Cable Deals Legal” by Multichannel News magazine.
Mark is a co-author of the firm's Communications, Tech & Media Review Blog.
Mr. Palchick also serves as legal advisor to the National Down Syndrome Society.
“Ten Basic Rules for E-Rate Applications,” (co-authored with Joan Stewart) Education Week, Jan. 12, 2005.
“Negotiating Program Contract,” CATA Cable Newsletter.
Communications Technology and Mass Media
Federal Communication Commission Regulation and Licensing
Multifamily Real Estate
Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, 2001-2003, Washington, DC
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, 1995-2001, Washington, DC
Partner, Baraff, Koerner, Olender & Hochberg, 1991-1995, Washington, DC
Partner, Bishop, Cook, Purcell & Reynolds, 1988-1991, Washington, DC
Partner, Kenkel, Barnard & Edmundson, 1984-1988 (partner from July, 1987), Washington, DC
Associate, Tepper & Edmundson, 1978-1979, Washington, DC
Associate, Fly, Shuebruk, Blume, Gaguine and Boros, 1978, Washington, DC
General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Cablevision Industries, Inc., 1981-1984, Liberty, NY
Prior Industry Experience
Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, 1979-1981, Washington, DC
Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission, Cable Television Bureau, 1975-1978, Washington, DC
Adjust Professor of Law, the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, 1993-2013