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Covington & Burling LLP, which ‘provides excellent service across the regulatory arena’, fields a team of highly regarded practitioners, including Yaron Dori, Mace Rosenstein and Jennifer Johnson. Recent highlights for Dori include advising on the regulatory issues relating to CenturyLink’s acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Berkshire Partners’ acquisition of Masergy Communications and Madison Dearborn Partners’ acquisition of Intermedia.net; Dori has also advised various communications clients on the implementation of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules. Johnson, who is co-chair of the firm’s communications and media practice, has notable expertise advising television industry clients, and recently advised several television industry associations on legislation issues such as spectrum allocations, media ownership and broadcast matters. Rosenstein, who is a prominent figure in the industry, successfully represented CBS, Scripps Networks Interactive, The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, among others, at the DC Circuit in a challenge to the FCC’s policies relating to public disclosure of business information.

At Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, ‘go-to practitioner’ John Nakahata leads the ‘exceptional’ team, which excels across the telecoms, technology and media spaces. The department also includes founding partner William Wiltshire, litigator Mark Grannis and Paul Margie, and it advises a varied client list that includes wireless and wireline businesses, internet service providers (ISPs), satellite companies and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers. Kent Bressie is recognized for his experience advising undersea cable clients and also heads the firm’s international practice. The firm’s appellate group, led by Christopher Wright, is considered to be ‘outstanding’ by clients. Kristine Laudadio Devine is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘an industry knowledge and breadth of practice that allows it to quickly home in on the issues at stake, providing the best advice possible for each situation’. The ‘incredibly experiencedMichele Farquhar, who is particularly strong in wireless matters, leads the practice, which excels in FCC cases and is ‘a key player on spectrum issues’. Recent highlights include advising XO Communications and its affiliate Nextlink on regulatory issues surrounding spectrum licenses and representing the client in new 5G mobile proceedings; Farquhar led the matter. She is also assisting Gogo with net neutrality compliance and spectrum sources for in-flight connectivity, and is advising Vodafone on various matters, including the US Open Internet rules and the regulatory requirements for expansion into Latin America, including Mexico, Chile and Panama - a matter that leverages the firm’s international network. ‘Strong advocateTrey Hanbury, who ‘responds quickly and thoughtfully’, is representing T-Mobile in the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction, successfully persuading the Commission to reserve low-frequency bands for smaller carriers. Mark Brennan is recommended for his privacy and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) expertise, Ari Fitzgerald is noted for his spectrum policy expertise, and Alexander Maltas, who has ‘great legal acumen’ and joined in 2016 from an in-house position at Cablevision, advises on video, wireless and broadband regulation.

Litigation boutique Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. stands out for its appellate experience and represents a range of telecoms clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies; Verizon and AT&T are examples. The team also advises clients on regulatory, antitrust and IP issues, and assists with enforcement proceedings before the FCC and state agencies. Managing partner Michael Kellogg is a driving force of the practice and is highly regarded by peers and clients alike; appellate specialist Scott Angstreich is recommended for telecoms regulatory mandates. Other team members include Joshua Branson, Andrew Goldsmith and Evan Leo.

Latham & Watkins LLP assists telecoms and broadcast clients across the whole spectrum of issues, including regulatory matters and litigation, and has been heavily involved in the FCC’s high-profile net neutrality proceedings, representing the NCTA, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. The team is also representing Cox Communications in set-top-box litigation relating to the client’s allegedly unlawful requirement for customers to lease a set-top box in order to receive premium cable services. Matthew Brill is global chair of the communications group at the firm, while James Barker and New York-based James Gorton jointly chair the firm’s communications industry group. Brill is representing Time Warner Cable in several TCPA cases, one of which relates to the client inadvertently placing calls to a wireless number that had been reassigned from a customer to a different individual, and is also acting for the NCTA in an appeal of an FCC order regarding effective competition in the cable market. The highly regarded John Janka is representing Sirius XM Radio in an interference dispute with T-Mobile and is advising the client on a spectrum coordination agreement with AT&T. Other clients include Comcast, Frontier Communications and Inmarsat. Matthew Murchison made partner in 2017.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice is ‘one of the best for communications law and far outpaces the competition’ making it ‘a go-to practice that consistently delivers fantastic work and tremendous knowledge with an ability to perfectly target the client’s needs’. Managing partner Bryan Tramont, who leads the group, is ‘very connected, with his finger on the pulse of the FCC and every other agency’; he recently advised Verizon on obtaining the regulatory approval for its $1.8bn acquisition of XO Communications and also advised Comcast, alongside Adam Krinsky and the ‘highly experienced’ Jonathan Cohen, on its involvement in the FCC’s broadband spectrum incentive auction. Other key members of the department include Christine Crowe, praised by clients as ‘one of the most knowledgeable spectrum policy attorneys in DC’, ‘outstanding resource’ David O’Connor, the ‘super effective’ Patricia Chuh and the ‘very responsive’ Kenneth Satten. Recent highlights include Tramont, Phillip Marchesiello and John Scott assisting Mobilitie with regulatory issues regarding multiple tower siting permits, and Russell Hanser, David Solomon and Krinsky advising multiple broadband ISPs on the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Frontier Communications, CenturyLink and Samsung are also clients. Patrick Halley is also recommended.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP counts AT&T as a key client, recently advising on the regulatory approvals of its proposed merger with Time Warner and assisting with the regulatory elements of several transactions, including spectrum swapping with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, and its acquisition of Cellular Properties. Maureen Jeffreys heads the telecoms, internet and media practice, and regularly acts for wireline, wireless, cable, media, television and internet clients; she recently represented AT&T in the FCC’s video competition proceeding. Former practice co-chair Patrick Grant is highly regarded in the field, Peter Schildkraut is noted for his spectrum and Open Internet expertise, William Cook has substantial FCC experience and Scott Feira is recommended for FCC merger review work; Feira is providing regulatory assistance to AT&T on the sale of a 700MHz A block spectrum license to T-Mobile, a condition of the client’s 2014 merger with Leap Wireless. Stephanie Phillipps is also recommended. Other clients include Harris Corporation, PPL Corporation and the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies.

Cooley LLP’s practice, which is co-led by Michael Basile and Robert McDowell (who joined from Wiley Rein LLP in November 2016), is particularly strong in the wireless and satellite sectors, and on advising broadcast and cable television clients. Basile and Kevin Mills advised Fox Affiliates Group on regulatory and policy issues relating to the television and video delivery industries, John Feore is advising CBS Affiliates Association on similar issues, and David Wittenstein is acting for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in issues relating to the FCC’s proposed regulation of telecoms services provided to businesses and wireless companies. Wittenstein is also advising the Weather Channel on the regulatory elements of the sale of its non-programming business to IBM. In another recent highlight, Anne Swanson assisted Mitre with multiple spectrum matters, including obtaining regulatory approvals for a two-week exercise to test unmanned aerial vehicle counter-technology. Cox Communications, Garmin International and Gray Television are also clients.

The ‘extremely helpful, invaluable and incredibly knowledgeable’ team at DLA Piper LLP (US) is co-led by Michael Senkowski and the ‘strategic and responsiveNancy Victory, following their move from Wiley Rein LLP in late 2016 along with Eric DeSilva. The practice, which is ‘excellent at seeing the big picture in terms of regulatory compliance and has a great understanding of the inner workings of the FCC’, is also noted for its spectrum expertise and its ability to secure regulatory approvals for transactions. Recent highlights include DeSilva representing AT&T in the FCC’s 600MHz incentive auction, and Senkowski advising OneWeb on a significant cross-border matter, which involves securing authorization in over 20 countries for its new global satellite system aimed at bringing broadband to rural areas around the world; he is also advising Samsung on FCC proceedings relating to 5G spectrum availability. Victory is advising Verizon on the regulatory implications of a tax-related company reorganization. Other clients include T-Mobile, América Móvil, TracFone Wireless and CTIA.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘incredibly strong team’ provides ‘great advice of extremely high quality, with a super quick turnaround from a deep bench of great lawyers’. The department is recognized for its cable and wireless strength and is ‘exceptional in FCC matters’; Nancy Libin led advice to the CTIA on FCC privacy rulemaking, while practice co-heads Samuel Feder (who clients praise as ‘one of the best in the field’) and ‘excellent thinkerJohn Flynn secured regulatory approval for Charter Communications’ merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Flynn is also assisting Ossia with obtaining FCC approval to sell wireless charging technology and is advising Searchlight on the FCC approval of its investment in Hemisphere Media Group. Luke Platzer is highly recommended by clients and is representing Charter Advanced Services in a lawsuit against Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) following the PUC’s decision that the client’s VoIP service is subject to state taxes. Cable and wireless specialist Leah Tulin is recommended and Rebekah Goodheart joined from an in-house position at the FCC.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP stands out for its expertise in universal service funds and advising on audits, investigations and enforcement matters; recent highlights include representing i-wireless in audits, appeals and enforcement proceedings before the FCC, and advising Premiere Global Services on the classification of its global products, which includes cloud-based collaboration services that enable cloud conferencing, for Federal Universal Service Fund purposes. John Heitmann (who is also co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s privacy and data security committee) leads the 13-partner group and is working with Tom Cohen in representing the American Cable Association in FCC proceedings regarding new privacy and data security regulations for broadband providers. Other key department members are Henry Kelly, who is acting for Peerless Network in two separate disputes against Verizon and AT&T relating to unpaid charges; Chip Yorkgitis, who is recommended for spectrum management issues; and Steve Augustino, who is representing Telecom Italia Sparkle of North America in an audit. Sprint, XO Communications and Telkom Indonesia are also clients.

Clients praise Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC as ‘an outstanding firm that really can’t be beaten for expertise’, and one that adds ‘real value to any matter it works on’ through its ‘extremely well-versed lawyers who have a deep knowledge of the industry, policies and market trends’. Practice head Richard Metzger ‘has an encyclopedic knowledge of communications regulation and adds genuine gravitas to his clients’ advocacy’; he regularly represents Comcast and recently advised it on FCC issues relating to the client’s VoIP service and the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Further highlights include advising Globalstar on regulatory issues relating to its global mobile satellite services and the use of its licensed spectrum, and representing Sprint in multiple FCC proceedings, including one which will allow new mobile services to use microwave bands currently reserved for fixed wireless services. ‘Smart and creative problem-solver’ Gina Keeney and the ‘highly pragmatic’ Gregory Lawler are singled out by clients; Stephen Berman and Emily Daniels are also names to note.

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team is highly praised by clients for its regulatory expertise, especially in the broadcast, spectrum auction and channel-sharing arenas. Practice head Eric Greenberg and Sherrese Smith are advising multiple television broadcasters in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction and are also representing the National Association of Broadcasters in its efforts to reduce the media ownership restrictions which prevent consolidation among media companies. Smith is also advising Tegna on how to preserve a joint sales agreement that the FCC had previously ordered to be terminated. The firm is launching a new Internet of Things (IoT) practice, which is a significant area of focus for Smith. Regulations surrounding financings are also a strength; clients include Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Royal Bank of Canada. Other clients include Cox Communications, ION Media Networks and 21st Century Fox.

The ‘exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Sidley Austin LLP was strengthened through the arrival of ‘one of the finest appellate lawyers around’, regulatory expert Jonathan Nuechterlein, from an in-house position at the FCC. Nuechterlein, Frederick Beckner and Christopher Shenk jointly lead the group, which regularly advises equipment manufacturers, broadcast networks, cable clients, video programming services, ISPs and various lenders. AT&T is a key client for the team; Peter Keisler is advising it on its challenge to the FCC’s net neutrality rules and Nuechterlein and Beckner are assisting with its appeal of the FCC’s decision to invalidate tariffs for business data services. Other highlights included acting for CenturyLink in FCC proceedings regarding the regulation of business data services and advising United States Cellular on regulatory issues relating to the provision of enhanced emergency 911 services, including call location provisions and text-to-911 services; Mark Schneider and Marc Korman led on the US Cellular matter. Further clients include DirecTV, RNC Televisión and Neptune Technologies. David Carpenter retired.

Ivan Schlager and John Beahn lead the communications team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, which advised key client Nokia on the regulatory elements of the $3bn sale of its HERE digital mapping unit to a German consortium and is assisting Sprint with the regulatory aspects of its joint venture with i-wireless. In a further highlight, Beahn is acting for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council in its attempt to gain an FCC ruling to amend the Emergency Alert Services regulations to ensure US operators provide multilingual alerts in emergency situations. Associate Joshua Gruenspecht is also a key team member and is working with Beahn in advising IoT provider Sigfox on the FCC and state regulatory requirements for its entry into the US market. Other clients include New York State, Time Warner Cable and Letterone Investment Holdings.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team, led by licensing, rulemaking and complaint proceedings specialist Pantelis Michalopoulos, is highly involved in Open Internet issues. Recent highlights include successfully representing Dish Network in the high-profile net neutrality case at the DC Circuit, which upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules; the team also acted for Level 3 Communications in the matter. Spectrum mandates are also key for the practice and Michalopoulos is advising M2M Spectrum Networks on issues relating to the FCC wireless licenses required for providing IoT services. Markham Erickson is well regarded by clients and recently assisted Netflix with the implementation of Communications and Video Accessibility Act regulations; he is also advising The Internet Association on issues relating to internet companies’ responsibilities regarding the conduct of third parties who use the systems they provide. Stephanie Roy is recommended for FCC matters and New York-based Michael Vatis stands out for his internet, e-commerce and technology expertise.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at boutique firm Telecommunications Law Professionals fields ‘exceptional attorneys who are also good people’ and has ‘extreme responsiveness and expert business acumen’. The highly regarded Carl Northrop leads the group, which counts wireless carriers, broadcasters, industry associations and financial institutions among its clients; General Communications, Columbia Capital and Atlantic Tele-Network are examples. The department expanded its client base in 2016, with new clients including Nova Wireless, Everything Wireless, NxGen Partners and Trident Computer Resources. Northrop and the ‘astonishingly excellent and proactive’ Michael Lazarus are advising The Alaska Wireless Network on the regulatory elements of its roaming agreement and spectrum leasing with Sprint, and Northrop is working with associate Jessica DeSimone Gyllstrom to assist Competitive Carriers Association with regulatory issues regarding net neutrality, privacy, broadband and the Internet of Things. Clients also single out Ashton Johnston, who is ‘a joy to work with’; he and Lazarus are advising Reliance Jio Infocomm USA on the regulatory issues surrounding its entrance into the US market. Dennis Corbett joined from Lerman Senter PLLC.

Clients praise Wiley Rein LLP as ‘exceptional in all metrics’, with a ‘smart, responsive and down-to-earth team, which is a tremendous advocate for any client’. The ‘highly valuable’ telecoms, broadcast and satellite practice, which ‘fields one of the deepest benches in the government contracts industry’, is co-led by the ‘brilliant’ Kathleen Kirby and ‘true professional’ Ambassador David Gross (who is also chair of the Internet Governance Coalition), and regularly acts for telecoms companies, local carriers, industry associations, satellite companies, regulators and broadcasters. Christopher Huther, who is ‘one of the best in the field’, and the ‘unparalleled’ Claire Evans are key names to note and recently represented Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless in multiple pole attachment disputes, and are also advising the US Telecom Association on issues relating to FCC regulations surrounding pole attachment rental rates. The firm also launched a standalone IoT practice in 2016, led by Scott Delacourt. Bennett Ross, Jennifer Hindin and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Anna Gomez are highly recommended; Gomez advised TracFone Wireless on the FCC’s changes to its LifeLine program. Shawn Chang is also recommended. Michael Senkowski, Nancy Victory and Eric DeSilva joined DLA Piper LLP (US), Robert McDowell joined Cooley LLP and James Bayes and Marnie Sarver retired.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s ‘top-notch team’ combines an ‘unsurpassed knowledge of the communications industry’ with ‘an ability to really understand its clients’ and provides ‘responsive, insightful and nuanced advice’. The practice continues to advise flagship client Comcast in a range of matters; recent examples include ‘real expertMichael Hurwitz advising on the compliance aspects of its merger with NBCUniversal, Jonathan Friedman representing the client in the FCC’s set-top-box proceedings aimed at promoting retail competition in the pay television provider market, and practice head Thomas Jones (who clients single out as ‘one of the best lawyers in the telecoms space, particularly in common carrier regulation’) and Daniel Alvarez acting for the client in the FCC’s broadband customer proprietary network information proceedings, which aims to protect the privacy of internet users. Level 3 Communications is also a key client and Jones is representing it in tariff review proceedings, and is also advising it on the regulatory elements of its acquisition by CenturyLink. Other clients include Incompas, National Cable & Telecommunications Association and BT Americas.

Chérie Kiser and Angela Collins jointly lead Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s practice, which advises clients in the wireline, wireless, cable, broadband and satellite markets across a wide range of regulatory and contentious mandates, with particular expertise in FCC regulations and representing cable companies in subscriber class actions. In a recent highlight, the team represented Blackboard before the FCC, obtaining a declaratory ruling that schools can lawfully make automated telephone calls and send automated texts to students and family members. Cable One is also a key client for the group, which the team represented before state courts, state agencies and the FCC in issues relating to the client’s video, VoIP and internet access services. Other clients include Polycom and Birch Communications; the department is acting for the latter in the regulatory elements of its purchase of Primus Telecommunications’ assets, and is advising it on maintaining its eligible telecoms status.

Dentons advises on regulatory issues at a federal and state level for a client list that includes cable operators, wireless carriers and satellite companies. In a recent highlight, the team advised The North American Portability Management on the transition of services from Neustar to iconectiv, a process which involved FCC proceedings relating to the regulatory oversight of a number portability system. Key names in the team include Megan Delany, who is representing YourTel and TerrCom in an FCC matter regarding a corporate data breach and issues surrounding the clients’ enrollment of Lifeline phone subscribers; and practice head Todd Daubert, who is advising Nicor Energy Services Company on compliance with the FCC’s and Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call rules. Daubert is also assisting Nokia with various regulatory issues regarding 5G deployments and market developments. Other clients include XO Communications, T-Mobile and new client Luxottica.

Jones Day excels in the satellite communications space and has developed notable expertise in internet, radio wave and spectrum issues. Recent highlights include advising Sprint on the regulatory elements of the transferal of its FCC-licensed spectrum assets into a special purposes vehicle and assisting Global VSAT Forum with regulatory issues regarding the satellite industry. Practice co-head Bruce Olcott led both matters and is recommended for his strength in wireless and wireline regulations, with a niche expertise in international space law; he is assisting Teledyne Technologies obtain a license from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would allow it to place Earth sensing cameras and other instruments on the International Space Station. The practice also has substantial contentious experience; group co-head Michael Hazzard, who joined in 2016 from Arent Fox LLP, is representing Twilio in a TCPA class action and is acting for cloud communications provider CallFire in litigation regarding alleged violations of multiple consumer protection laws, including the TCPA and the Federal Trade Commission Act. The Boeing Company, NextNav and Five9 are also clients.

Angela Giancarlo and Howard Waltzman jointly lead the practice at Mayer Brown, which focuses on wireless, spectrum and privacy matters at a domestic and international level, including advising US companies on international regulations. In a recent highlight, Waltzman and Giancarlo advised CTIA on the regulatory implications that will affect the wireless telecoms sector and the FCC’s implementation and application of various acts, including the Communications Act of 1934, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and new spectrum and public policy revisions. Waltzman is also assisting the 21st Century Privacy Coalition with its efforts to rationalize privacy and data protection laws. Wells Fargo Securities is also a client and Giancarlo regularly advises it on legislative and regulatory issues in the wireless, satellite and cable sectors. Cybersecurity specialist David Simon joined in 2016.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.’s communications practice is led by Tara Corvo, who has notable experience in cable and broadband regulation. The team advises on regulations affecting the broadband, internet, digital media and mobile technology sectors, assisting with compliance issues as well as contentious matters before the state and federal courts and regulatory agencies. The firm’s client roster includes cable and broadband providers, satellite operators, wireline service providers and wireless companies; AMC Networks, Cox Communications, the CTIA and Omnispace are examples. Christopher Harvie is recommended for cable and telecoms policy matters, Sallye Clark is the key name for satellite matters and Russell Fox is recognized for his wireless expertise; Craig Gilley and Los Angeles-based litigator Joshua Briones are also names to note. Recent highlights include representing a wireless provider in the FCC spectrum auction, negotiating changes to satellite regulations in multiple jurisdictions and advising on TCPA issues.

Spectrum work remains a strength for the ‘brilliant’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which recently advised Cantor Fitzgerald on its efforts to persuade the FCC to develop a secondary market exchange for radio frequency spectrum rights, and represented Shure in FCC proceedings regarding spectrum policy. Andrew Lipman leads the department and is part of the team representing wholesale telecoms service provider Inteliquent in FCC proceedings relating to regulated costs; Lipman is also acting for Securus Technologies, a leading provider of inmate calling services, in proceedings before the FCC and the DC Circuit, obtaining two stays for the client. Catherine Wang is a key member of the group and is regulatory counsel to John Deere & Company; she is advising the client on federal and international issues regarding GPS and wireless equipment, satellite services and rural broadband policies. Other noteworthy names include technology specialist William Wilhelm and Ulises Pin, who is assisting Facebook with the regulatory elements of multiple transactions, including the acquisitions of submarine cable networks and domestic fiber networks. US TelePacific, Consolidated Telephone and Level 3 Communications are also clients.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPdemonstrates a deep knowledge of the regulatory space’, advising on the whole gamut of communications issues, with a particular focus on broadcast and mass media, satellite communications and telecoms. Spectrum mandates are also a substantial strength for the group, which in a recent highlight represented O3b Networks in the FCC’s spectrum reallocation proceedings. Glenn Richards leads the department, which also includes ‘adept problem-solver’ Scott Flick, who is advising Media General on its $4.6bn merger with Nexstar Broadcasting, a transaction that includes the divestiture of 12 television stations. Highlights for Richards included acting for AccessLine Communications in the regulatory aspects of its proposed merger with Madison Dearborn Partners and representing Voice on the Net Coalition in multiple FCC proceedings. John Hane is singled out by clients and is continuing to act for Sinclair Broadcasting Group in its efforts to gain FCC approval for a new technical standard for American broadcasting. Grupo Televisa, Meredith Broadcasting and Oak Hill Capital Partners are also clients. Miles Mason is a key name in the team.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP excels in the cable infrastructure and satellite sectors and has notable expertise in Open Internet issues. The team recently advised key client Charter Communications and Snapchat on the FCC’s net neutrality ruling. Other work for Charter Communications included advising it on FCC, state and local cable regulations; assisting it with state and federal litigation regarding franchise fees and public, educational and government access fees; advising it on the regulatory elements of wireless and wireline infrastructure matters; and assisting it with multiple franchise renewals and subsequent litigation. Brian Weimer leads the group and is working with Paul Werner in representing Rite Aid and CVS before the FCC in matters relating to the TCPA and healthcare-related communications issues. Other clients include the CTIA, Telecoms Italia Sparkle and Zayo Group. Gardner Gillespie is recommended for cable and telecoms litigation, Dave Thomas advises trade associations, wireless networks and cable and broadband companies; and Ray Rutngamlug, who made partner in early 2016, focuses on communications service agreements.

The ‘excellent and highly knowledgeable’ team at Squire Patton Boggs is led by Robert Kelly, who clients praise for his ‘ability to demonstrate thoroughness and industry expertise’. The team acts for a mix of public and private sector clients and Joseph Markoski recently advised the Regulatory Authority of the Government of Bermuda on a range of matters, including the claw back of spectrum holdings from a mobile operator, regulatory issues relating to three mergers, and its involvement in a selection process relating to the allocation of sub-1 GHz 4G LTE spectrum and resulting litigation. Highlights for Kelly included assisting 800 MHz Transition Administrator with a $4bn spectrum reconfiguration program and representing the Intelligent Transportation Society of America before the FCC and the US Department of Commerce in issues regarding connected vehicle systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Other key names include Paul Besozzi, Jonathan Nadler and Robert Stup Jr.; Stup assisted AquaComms with obtaining an FCC license for the construction of an undersea cable between New York and Ireland. Monica Desai took an in-house position at Facebook.

Heather Zachary leads the ‘wonderful, highly committed and engaged’ practice at WilmerHale, which is ‘always on the ball’ and has recently advised on several matters for key client AT&T; examples include acting for the client in net neutrality issues and representing it in FCC proceedings regarding video services delivered through an internet connection and the regulation surrounding these services. Lobbying also makes up a significant proportion of the firm’s practice through the work of the ‘invaluable’ Jonathan Yarowsky, who was recently retained by new client Microsoft in a lobbying matter regarding the USA Freedom Act. Kelly Dunbar is recommended for federal communications matters and Benjamin Powell and Reed Freeman specialize in communications, cybersecurity and data breach issues. Other clients include American Express, Charter Communications, Intel, Bose and T-Mobile.

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