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Adam D. Bowser

Adam Bowser, Associate at Arent Fox LLP
Adam D. Bowser
Washington, DC

Adam Bowser is an associate in the Communications, Technology and Mobile group. Adam litigates commercial disputes in federal, state, and administrative tribunals, with a particular emphasis on cases for competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and technology and software companies against incumbent carriers and class-action litigation arising out of consumer-protection and privacy laws, particularly the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Adam also advises companies that are facing investigations initiated by the Federal Trade Commission related to the Telemarketing Sales Rule. Adam serves as outside general counsel to CLECs and software-platform providers specializing in the growing VoIP services market, and as part of that role, Adam guides companies through the federal and state regulatory process, tax and privacy law, and negotiates and drafts communications-related contracts, including interconnection agreements, commercial agreements, and tariffs.

Adam also advises carriers and equipment manufacturers on regulatory compliance issues concerning telecommunications and energy-efficiency regulations before the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Energy, the Federal Trade Commission and comparable state regulatory agencies, as well as counseling clients in related rulemaking proceedings.

Previous Work

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Adam practiced at a large regional law firm, focusing on general business litigation and telecommunications law.

Life Beyond the Law

Adam spends his free time chasing after his two young daughters while trying to teach them the two most beautiful words in the English language: Touchdown, Steelers. After the 2013 season, many people have complimented Adam on how quiet his children are.


Blog Posts by Adam D. Bowser

Consumer Privacy & Telemarketing, Deadlines and Headlines, Telecommunications & Technology Agreements
Ninth Circuit Rules That Receiving Allegedly Unsolicited Text Is Sufficient By Itself To Establish Concrete Harm

On January 30, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action on the ground that the plaintiff did not clearly revoke his prior express consent to receive text messages from his former gym. But in coming to this conclusion, the court first found that a TCPA plaintiff does not have to allege any additional harm beyond receiving an unsolicited text message to satisfy the concrete-injury requirement that was recently at the center of the Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision. 

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Consumer Privacy & Telemarketing, Deadlines and Headlines
FCC Adopts Broadband Privacy Rules And Signals Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Are Next In Its Crosshairs
At its monthly Open Meeting on October 27, the Federal Communications Commission adopted, but has not yet released, new privacy rules requiring retail broadband providers to offer consumers more choice over how their personal information is used. Under the new rules, which were approved on a party-line 3-2 vote, the level of consent required from the consumer will be measured against the sensitivity of the data. The FCC stated that it attempted to develop a privacy framework “in line with the approaches taken by other privacy frameworks, including the FTC’s and the Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”
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Deadlines and Headlines
Another Court Finds Group Messaging Platforms Fall Outside the TCPA

Recently another federal district court ruled that text messages sent from a group messaging platform were not autodialed, even when transmitted in bulk, because of the significant human intervention required to initiate a text message campaign through the platform. Since the text messages were not autodialed, the messages were not subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the case was dismissed. Jenkins v. mGage, LLC, 2016 WL 4263937 (N.D. Ga. Aug. 12, 2016).

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