Awards & Accolades

Broadband Communities FTTH Top 100

Since 2012, Baller Stokes & Lide has been the only law firm in the United States to have been named each year to Broadband Communities Magazine’s FTTH Top 100 list.  The list honors organizations for their contributions to “Building a Fiber-Connected World.”  See the full list (PDF)

Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2018, Marquis Who’s Who in America honored Jim Baller with its Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award “as a leader in the fields of law and business.”

Washington DC Super Lawyers List

Each year since 2016, the legal rating service Thompson Reuters has named Jim Baller to its Washington DC Super Lawyers List.

American Registry List of Most Honored American Professionals

Each year since 2016, American Registry has named Jim Baller to its list of Most Honored American Professionals (top 1%)

FTTH Chairman’s Award

Each year the Chairman of the Fiber Broadband Association (formerly known as the Fiber to the Home Council) presents an award to “an individual or company that has shown tremendous effort to promote, educate or accelerate fiber-to-the-home.”  Jim Baller won this prestigious award in 2012 “for his relentless promotion and pursuit of community broadband and of faster networks for everyone.  His efforts have  paved the way for the deployment of all-fiber networks across the country.”

People to Watch

In 2009, Ars Technica included Jim Baller in its list of the 25 “top names in tech policy for 2009,” which it described as follows: “These are the people who will be working on smart grids, broadband deployment, IP law, net neutrality, and even doing a bit of corporate lobbying this year; the decisions that they make (and convince others to make) will reverberate through the tubes for years to come.”

Community Broadband Visionary of the Year

In 2007, NATOA named Jim Baller its first Community Broadband Visionary of the Year, “for almost single-handedly putting the need for a national broadband strategy to the forefront of public consciousness.” Read More (PDF)