Lisa Chandler Cordell is co-founder of Breisach Cordell, a law firm that exclusively represents independent multichannel video programming distributors, and whose unique needs were the focus when she and her long-time colleague, Eric Breisach, left Big Law to start their own firm in 2014. Offering a direct-service model, clients strictly deal with Lisa and Eric, who together offer 50+ years of experience with communications-related legal and regulatory issues, as well as daily operational and public policy matters.
With a pressing need to develop strategies to innovate in their delivery of content and compete against new entrants, Lisa’s clients benefit from her experience handling complex and often novel issues while creatively navigating the arcane legal and regulatory environment in which independent MVPDs operate. For more than a decade, Lisa has worked with clients looking to develop alternative means for MVPDs to obtain broadcast signals. In addition to routinely negotiating all forms of content agreements (cable and broadcast), clients regularly look to Lisa for help with thorny and unique programming issues, something that is happening with increasing frequency due to numerous changes taking place in the content industry, including increased vertical integration of MVPDs and content providers, content providers offering OTT services direct-to-the-consumer, ATSC 3.0 (and broadcasters’ desire to compete directly with traditional MVPDs), virtual MVPDs unrestrained by many of the regulations imposed on facilities-based MVPDs, as well as issues resulting from the FCC’s Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction and repacking efforts. In addition, Lisa routinely handles FCC compliance and licensing matters, all aspects of cable copyright compulsory licensing -- including preparation of complex long form statements of account, responding to Copyright Office inquiries and defending against copyright owner challenges, and assists clients with communications-related operational matters.