Elizabeth Canter

Elizabeth H. Canter


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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5228
Fax: +1 202 778 5228



  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2008
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • Duke University, A.B., 2003

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. M. Blane Michael, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Libbie Canter is an associate in the firm's Washington, DC office and a member of the Communications & Media and Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Groups.  She represents and advises clients on matters before Congress and various federal agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Representative Matters

  • Advises major technology and consumer electronics companies on data collection, use, and disclosure practices, including privacy-by-design strategies.
  • Advised Consumer Privacy Ombudsman on sale of consumer personal information in possession of Borders Group, Inc.
  • Counsels clients on data security breaches, including compliance with notification requirements and advice regarding possible regulatory enforcement actions.
  • Advises major financial services company on compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other transactions.
  • Advises major companies in strategic transactions, including Microsoft Corp. in its 8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Global S.à.r.l.
  • Represents various television industry clients on legislative, FCC and industry issues, including retransmission consent policy, program access and program carriage rules, major industry mergers, EEO compliance, and political broadcasting issues.
  • Counsels clients on e-mail marketing and telemarketing strategies, including advising on questions under the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and implementing regulations, as well as in connection with related policy and litigation matters.

Previous Experience

  • Research Assistant and Acting Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Timothy P. Johnson (D - S.D.) from 2003-2005 on banking and telecommunications issues.

Pro Bono

  • Counsels trade group on constitutional issues in connection with FCC proceeding.
  • Represented African American employee in connection with employment discrimination and retaliation suit filed in federal court; obtained favorable settlement for client.
  • Represented inmate in parole hearing before the U.S. Parole Commission.
  • Drafted amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on validity of federal criminal statute under the Commerce Clause.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association

Publications and Speeches

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