EX-5.1 2 d67874exv5w1.htm EX-5.1 exv5w1
May 22, 2009
DISH Network Corporation
9601 S. Meridian Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80112
  Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”)
I am Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of DISH Network Corporation, a Nevada corporation formed in April 1995 (the “Company”), and have acted as such in connection with the authorization to issue up to 80,000,000 shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Shares”), issued under the DISH Network 2009 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”).
I have reviewed originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to my satisfaction as copies of originals, of the various proceedings taken by the Company to effect such authorizations, and have examined such other agreements, instruments, documents and corporate records of the Company as I have deemed necessary or appropriate as a basis for the opinion hereinafter expressed.
Based upon the foregoing and having regard for such legal considerations as I deem relevant, I am of the opinion that the Common Shares of the Company issuable pursuant to the Plan have been duly authorized for issuance and will be legally issued, fully paid and non-assessable when issued as provided in the Plan.
I am admitted to practice only in the State of Colorado and do not purport to be an expert on the laws of any other jurisdiction other than the laws of the State of Colorado and Federal law.
I consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement relating to the Plan.
Very truly yours,

/s/ R. Stanton Dodge      
R. Stanton Dodge
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary