Markham Erickson

Partner in Steptoe & Johnson's Telecom, Internet and Media Practice

Markham Cho Erickson, a partner in Steptoe & Johnson’s Washington office, has been involved in the practice of telecommunications and new media law for more than two decades, during which time he has played an integral role in the writing and negotiation of many of the federal laws that govern e-commerce, technology and the use of the Internet. His practice focuses on complex legal and policy matters before the federal government, state governments and international deliberative organizations. His clients include leading Internet companies, nonprofit organizations, start-up technology companies, Indian tribes and energy companies.

Mr. Erickson has appeared before the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Congress handling high-profile matters ranging from privacy compliance to law enforcement compliance, as well as negotiations over the applications of existing laws to new business models or new areas of technology. Mr. Erickson serves as general counsel to the Internet Association, a trade association that represents many of the world’s leading Internet companies, including, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google and Salesforce. In this capacity, he counsels the organizations on the leading legal and policy issues relating to the Internet sector.

In addition, Mr. Erickson serves as lead counsel to the Open Internet Coalition, a coalition of Internet and technology firms that promote open Internet rules before the FCC and Congress. Mr. Erickson has been quoted extensively and has appeared in the media on various laws and issues relating to Internet and technology forms. He also authored an article for The Federal Lawyer titled “Carcieri v. Salazar: The Supreme Court’s Definition of ‘Now’ Creates Uncertainty for Indian Tribes.”

Mr. Erickson has taught classes on Internet-related issues at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.

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