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Christopher J. Harvie




Chris devotes his practice to assisting cable operators, broadband companies, and content providers with a broad range of legal, policy and legislative matters. He represents clients before federal and state agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in court on a variety of communications law issues. Chris’s areas of specialty include privacy, cybersecurity, surveillance law, broadband policy, franchising and access to local rights-of-way, and policy and legislative issues affecting the Internet of Things. As a former committee counsel to the chair of the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Monopolies, and Business Rights subcommittee, Chris focused on media and telecommunications, intellectual property, and First Amendment issues.

Chris focuses chiefly on legal, policy, and legislative issues affecting cable and telecommunications companies. He has represented clients in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, federal and state courts, and state and local regulatory bodies.

He assists clients on a broad range of cable television legal and policy matters, including cable franchising and regulation, privacy, programming agreements, content licensing and copyright, rate regulation, set-top box issues, inside wiring, and broadband network policy.

Before joining the firm, Chris served as Senate Judiciary Committee Counsel to Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum, chair of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Monopolies, and Business Rights. In that capacity, Chris worked on a broad range of legislative and policy matters, including telecommunications, intellectual property, and First Amendment issues.

From 1987 to 1988, Chris directed the Advocacy Institute’s Right-to-Know project, which helped develop advocacy strategies on issues concerning public access to government information.

During law school, he served as a member of the UCLA Law Review.


  • University of California - Los Angeles (JD)
  • Brown University (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Cablefax Top Lawyers Awards Honor (2019)
  • Recommended by the Legal 500 United States for Telecom & Broadcast: Regulatory (2017 - 2019)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Best Lawyers in America: Communications Law (2020)


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association


Verizon Settles Supercookie Probe with FCC

March 10, 2016 | Blog | By Christopher Harvie, Ari Moskowitz

Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission over Verizon’s insertion of unique identifier headers (“UIDH”), also known as “supercookies,” to track customers’ mobile Internet traffic without their knowledge or consent. 
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CISA Guidelines: Privacy and Civil Liberties Interim Guidelines for Federal Agencies

March 2, 2016 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Christopher Harvie, Ari Moskowitz

Last week, we discussed the Federal government’s first steps toward implementing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Among the guidance documents released by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice were the Privacy and Civil Liberties Interim Guidelines.
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Cyber Threat Information Sharing Guidelines Released by DHS

February 18, 2016 | Blog | By Christopher Harvie, Cynthia Larose

This week, the Federal government took the first steps toward implementation of the The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), enacted into law last December. 
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Happy New Year - Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

January 4, 2016 | Blog | By Christopher Harvie, Cynthia Larose

Just at the end of 2015, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) was enacted into law as part of the omnibus spending measure passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at right before Christmas. 
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