Neil Fried, Principal, DigitalFrontiers Advocacy
Neil Fried brings more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors on media and technology law. In January 2020 he launched DigitalFrontiers Advocacy, which works to advance respect for the First Amendment, intellectual property, free markets, and the rule of law as mutually reinforcing pillars of creativity, innovation, and economic growth in a democratic society. Prior to starting DigitalFrontiers Advocacy, he spent close to seven years as SVP for Government and Regulatory Affairs at the Motion Picture Association.
Neil joined the MPA in 2013 from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he served nearly a decade as chief counsel on media and technology issues. Before his work on the Hill, Neil represented clients before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission while at the D.C. offices of two law firms: first Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, and then Paul Hastings.
Neil helped implement the 1996 Telecommunications Act as an attorney with the FCC from 1996 to 2000. Before coming to the FCC, he was a John S. and James L. Knight Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Neil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He grew up in New York City.