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The ‘very dedicated’ and ‘knowledgeableDLA Piper LLP (US) is particularly strong in international work. Nancy Victory co-heads the practice and provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘stands behind her recommendations and opinions’. She has expertise in both regulatory and transactional matters, particularly in wireless, satellite and cable issues. She recently advised Texzon Technologies on obtaining FCC approvals for its new radio frequency technology and Motorola Solutions on its emergency response technology. Fellow practice head Michael Senkowski is highly experienced in regulatory counseling, wireless policy and spectrum allocation. He assisted OneWeb with the regulatory aspects of its use of low orbit satellites to deliver broadband services to regions which previously had no internet access. He also worked with Echodyne Corp in obtaining regulatory approval for commercial drones. Eric DeSilva is particularly knowledgeable on wireless policy and spectrum auctions, and recently advised T-Mobile on the FCC’s broadcast television incentive auction. John Beahn recently joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and has significant expertise in regulatory issues. Edward Smith is also a new arrival and previously worked for the FCC. He is ‘very responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable about the mobile satellite industry’. Other additions to the team include principal Ira Keltz and associates Sean Robinson, Dana Zelman and Ian Forbes, who also all recently joined from the FCC. AT&T and Verizon are key clients.

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The ‘exceptionalHarris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is led by John Nakahata, who has extensive experience in telecoms, cable and internet regulations, with particular expertise in common carrier issues. Founding partner William Wiltshire focuses on satellite, media and communications matters from both a regulatory and contentious standpoint. Other key figures include fellow name partner Mark Grannis, who has expertise in regulatory advocacy, litigation and ADR; Paul Margie, who is highly experienced in telecoms regulation and spectrum policy and Kent Bressie, who is an expert in cross-border regulatory requirements, particularly in relation to undersea cable projects. Former FCC general counsel Christopher Wright is particularly strong in appellate issues and Kristine Laudadio Devine is skilled in regulatory and compliance matters.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team has ‘deep industry and government experience’ and ‘provides valuable insights and excellent judgment’.Michele Farquhar leads the practice and advises on domestic and international matters, with an emphasis on policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing, compliance and obtaining FCC approvals for transactions. She recently worked with Vodafone on the expansion of Vodafone Americas both in the US and across Latin America, and assisted XO Communications with obtaining FCC approval for its $1bn sale to Verizon. She also advised Gogo on broadband spectrum and net neutrality regulations. Ari Fitzgerald is highly experienced in spectrum and communications policy issues, and advised the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers on its proposal to the FCC to allow certain systems that allow cars to communicate with one another and avoid collisions. Satellite and wireless expert Randy Segal is ‘efficient’, ‘responsive’ and ‘insightful’. Spectrum and technology policy specialist Trey Hanbury assisted T-Mobile with its spectrum auction opportunities. He also assisted HC2 on acquiring DTV America’s license portfolio, which consists of more than 450 broadcast authorizations. Mark Brennan is particularly strong on policy strategy and regulatory compliance issues. Alexander Maltas is highly experienced in cable, media and broadband regulations.

Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C. specializes in complex trial and appellate litigation, and has represented telecoms heavyweights such as AT&T and Verizon. Managing partner Michael Kellogg focuses on appellate matters as well as regulatory and antitrust issues. Other individuals to note include Scott Angstreich, who has extensive expertise in dealing with regulatory and appellate issues; civil litigator Joshua Branson, who is often involved in telecoms-related disputes; Andrew Goldsmith, who has represented telecoms companies as plaintiffs and defendants before state and federal courts; and Evan Leo, who has experience representing wireline and wireless carriers before the FCC.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team handles high-profile regulatory and contentious work, and for some has ‘the best telecoms lawyers in the city’. Matthew Brill, James Barker and James Gorton lead the practice. Brill has extensive experience in telecoms and broadcasting disputes and regulations; Barker is particularly known for his work on spectrum auctions; and New York-based Gorton is highly skilled in transactional matters. John Janka is also a key figure and has strong expertise in spectrum controversies. Matthew Murchison was made partner and has a strong skill-set in regulatory issues and litigation. Recent highlights include advising the National Cable & Telecommunications Association on net neutrality proceedings as well as defending Charter Communications against allegations by the New York Attorney General that Time Warner Cable provided misleading broadband performance information to its customers. The firm worked with Comcast Corporation and NCTA together on the business data services ruling. The firm also defended Cox Communications against antitrust tying allegations, defended Ligado Networks in a spectrum dispute before the FCC, and advised ViaSat on obtaining spectrum rights. Litigator Gregory Garre represented Pandora and iHeartMedia in a complex copyright suit involving the streaming of music recorded prior to 1972.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP has a strong track record advising on FCC regulations and spectrum auctions, as well as ensuring regulatory compliance in relation to transactions. The group is led by managing partner Bryan Tramont, who assisted Comcast with regulatory issues pertaining to its wireless strategy. Adam Krinsky advised the CTIA on the Lifeline program and on opposing an FCC petition wishing to classify text messaging as a telecoms service. Jonathan Cohen is also a key figure and is experienced in FCC regulations and spectrum auctions. Other noteworthy names include Christine Crowe, who has particular expertise in tower siting work; David O’Connor, who advised T-Mobile on broadband privacy rules; Kelly Donohue, who previously worked at the FCC’s Audio Division and has notable expertise in licensing and compliance issues; Craig Gilmore, who is highly skilled in regulatory advocacy; Patrick Halley, who advises communications providers and trade associations on regulatory matters; Rachel Wolkowitz, who is experienced in policy, regulatory and compliance issues; as well as Patricia Chuh and Kenneth Satten, who both have extensive experience in broadcast regulations. Anne Swanson recently joined from Cooley LLP and has extensive experience in communications, particularly in relation to drones. Key work highlights from the firm included assisting Verizon obtain FCC approval for the $3.1bn acquisition of Straight Path Communications; advising T-Mobile on the proposed broadband privacy rules and net neutrality; and representing DISH Network in the AWS-3 spectrum auction. AT&T, Cisco Systems and Samsung are also key clients.

The ‘excellentWiley Rein LLP is ‘responsive’, ‘engaged’, and ‘well versed in the industry’. Ambassador David Gross co-heads the team and is ‘the "dean" of everything international’ from a telecoms perspective. Fellow practice head Kathleen Kirby possesses ‘a thorough knowledge of FCC matters’ and ‘is always very responsive to her clients’ needs. She advised the American Public Media Group on FCC regulatory compliance. Christopher Huther is ‘extremely well versed in the law as well as emerging trends in telecoms and third-party attachments’; he advised Verizon on its network deployment strategies. Thomas Navin is also a key name and represented Corning in FCC proceedings aimed at increasing fiber deployment. Jessica Rosenthal and Jerita Salley are ‘extremely good’, ‘detailed’, ‘fair’ and ‘practical lawyers’. John Burgett advised LG Electronics on the new next generation broadcast television transmission standard. Claire Evans assisted the US Telecom Association with supporting the FCC’s broadband deployment initiative. Huther and Evans’s ‘negotiating skills and knowledge of the subject matter are unmatched’ and they ‘always put their clients’ needs first and deliver on their commitments’. Former FCC chairman Richard Wiley is also a key figure. Bennett Ross has expertise in regulatory and contentious issues, particularly for telecoms carriers, broadband providers, equipment manufacturers and internet companies. Other key figures include spectrum policy specialist Scott Delacourt, spectrum licensing expert Anna Gomez and regulatory expert Shawn Chang. AT&T, CBS Radio and T-Mobile are also key clients.

Arnold & Porter regularly assists key client AT&T with transactional and FCC regulatory matters.Maureen Jeffreys heads the practice and has expertise in litigation and regulatory matters, particularly in relation to wireline and wireless issues as well as both traditional and new media. She recently assisted AT&T with the regulatory aspects of its $85.4bn merger with Time Warner. Peter Schildkraut is particularly active in spectrum use and open internet issues and advised AT&T on its initiative with Nokia to use spectrum to provide smart grid services. Scott Feira is notably strong in merger review and license transfer proceedings, and he assisted Corning Incorporated with its acquisition of SpiderCloud Wireless. William Cook is experienced in wireline, wireless cable television and internet issues. He advised a number of clients on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Stephanie Phillipps has expertise in regulatory, contentious and transactional matters.

Cooley LLP’s practice is headed by Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell. Basile has extensive experience in transactional, policy advocacy and regulatory compliance issues. McDowell assisted Iridium Communications with the regulatory aspects of its international spectrum allocations, and advised Mobile Future on FCC matters regarding internet network infringement, the deployment of wireless network infrastructure and mobile marketplace competition. Senior counsel John Feore typically advises on the regulatory aspects of large transactions; recently he has worked with CBS Affiliates Association and Fox Affiliates Group, respectively, in policy and regulatory issues. David Wittenstein is particularly strong on licensing agreements and copyright matters; he assisted Cox Communications with the regulatory aspects of its majority interest acquisition of Unite Private Networks. Anne Swanson joined Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.

Jenner & Block LLPknows the communications industry extremely well’ and ‘is very good at distilling difficult arguments and issues into strong policy and litigation positions’. The practice is led by Samuel Feder, who formerly served as the FCC’s general counsel, and John Flynn, who previously served as the FCC chairman’s senior counsel for transactions. Flynn assisted Ossia with obtaining FCC approval for the sale of wireless mobile phone technology and, alongside Feder, assisted Charter with the regulatory elements of its wireless strategy. Feder also advised the client on net neutrality proceedings. Luke Platzer advises on IP and regulatory issues in the telecoms, internet and entertainment arenas, and represented Charter Communications in its action against the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regarding its order that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) constitutes a ‘telecommunications service’. Feder and Platzer are noted for being ‘very good at distilling difficult arguments and issues into strong policy and litigation positions’. Rebekah Goodheart also has expertise in regulatory matters, with significant experience in antitrust issues. She was engaged by a number of electrical companies to advocate for higher-speed one gigabit services being allowed to partake in the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Howard Symons and special counsels Johanna Thomas and Roger Sherman are new arrivals from the FCC.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP handles regulatory matters, transactions and litigation on behalf of clients such as Sprint, Vodafone Americas and Dish Network. John Heitmann heads the practice and has expertise in wireless and cable regulations, including in relation to cross-border matters. Joshua Guyan has extensive experience in wireless and spectrum issues, and he and Heitmann assisted Lifeline Connects with regulatory matters. Spectrum specialist Chip Yorkgitis advised Aviation Spectrum Resources in relation to aviation communications and satellite regulations. Henry Kelly is an expert in FCC proceedings and defended Peerless Network against MCI/Verizon and AT&T in two separate lawsuits involving the recovery of multi-jurisdictional unpaid charges for the exchange of telecoms calls. Steve Augustino focuses on contentious issues and is particularly known for his work on universal service contributor audits. He defended Total Call Mobile against the DOJ in New York regarding allegations of a third-party sales agent misconduct. Tom Cohen is an expert in Ethernet, broadband and cable-related matters. He advised The American Cable Association on the FCC’s move to deploy high-performance telecoms and broadband networks.

Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC focuses on FCC proceedings surrounding the satellite, wireline and wireless spaces. Richard Metzger heads the practice and is highly skilled in telecoms regulatory and antitrust issues. Other key figures include Regina Keeney, who has extensive experience in regulatory and transactional work, and managing partner Gregory Lawler, who specializes in telecoms. . Notable work highlights include advising Comcast on FCC regulations pertaining to voice related communications, Sprint on the FCC’s regulations relating to business data services and Globalstar on getting the FCC to provide a low-power, terrestrial broadband service in its mobile satellite services spectrum. The firm also advised TerreStar on obtaining a temporary waiver of the construction requirements of its licensed spectrum from the FCC and represented XO Communications on its efforts to use its licensed spectrum for mobile services. Emily Daniels is an expert in rulemaking proceedings and licensing matters.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is known for its ‘great strength and expertise in spectrum and satellite issues’.Andrew Lipman is highly experienced in regulatory, legislative and transactional work in this space, with particular expertise in common carrier, wireless, satellite and broadcasting matters. He advised Securus Technology on challenging the FCC’s price cap rulings, and defended it in two civil actions in the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas alleging that its prices were unreasonable and unlawful. He also assisted Facebook with its global acquisitions of submarine cable networks and domestic fiber. Catherine Wang is highly skilled on regulatory work and possesses ‘an impeccable track record of achieving desired outcomes and maintaining constructive relationships with policymakers’. She advised Deer and Company on GPS, satellite and rural broadband regulations. Timothy Bransford is an expert in domestic and international regulations, and has ‘a high technical and legal competency’ and ‘provides extremely thorough analysis with respect to complex situations’. Ulises Pin is an expert in regulatory and transactional matters, and assisted Globalstar with obtaining mobile satellite services licenses in the 2.5 GHz band in a number of Asian and Latin American regions. Russell Blau and Tamar Finn advised a number of telecoms providers on the reform of business data services regulations. Ronald Del Sesto and William Wilhelm are also key figures.

Paul Hastings LLP’s practice is built around Sherrese Smith, who focuses on regulatory issues, and Eric Greenberg, who focuses on transactional matters. Smith advised the National Association of Broadcasters on the application of set-top boxes to television viewership and assisted Lebara with regulatory issues pertaining to the US launch of its VoIP service. Greenberg advised Entercom Communications on an antitrust investigation that arose out of the client’s merger with CBS Radio. Associate Andrew Erber is also experienced in the regulatory aspects of transactions. TEGNA, 21st Century Fox and Raycom Media are key clients.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘excellent across the board’ and has ‘outstanding industry knowledge of telecoms and satellite matters’. Markham Erickson heads the practice and has extensive experience in advising internet companies on regulatory proceedings. He advised Netflix on the net neutrality repeal and British Telecom on the business data services regulation. He also represented The Word Network before the FCC in a dispute with Comcast surrounding its attempt to cease its carriage of the broadcasting network. Pantelis Michalopoulos advises telecoms, wireless and satellite companies on FCC regulations; he advised Dish Network on the recent net neutrality ruling and assisted M2M with the prosecution of FCC wireless licenses required for IoT services. Stephanie Roy regularly advises on aerospace and satellite matters and of counsel Christopher Bjornson is experienced in wireless-, satellite- and internet-related matters.

Boutique firm Telecommunications Law Professionalscontinues to grow in its team’s strength and ability to provide in-depth legal analysis without client assistance’. The firm is also noted for its ‘near-immediate response times and ability to draft work product under tight timelines’. Founding member Carl Northrop has ‘a wealth of knowledge in the telecoms area’ and ‘a keen understanding of the background and history of many of the regulatory initiatives of the FCC’. He worked with PRWireless on regulatory fees, roaming issues and spectrum transactions. Managing partner Michael Lazarus is ‘outstanding’ and has ‘extensive experience’ in regulatory matters. He was engaged by General Communication regarding its subsidiary The Alaska Wireless Network, assisting with spectrum acquisitions and auctions, infrastructure contracts and compliance with FCC rules. Dennis Corbett advised the American Tower Corporation on tower lighting, colocation and environmental regulations. Jessica DeSimone Gyllstrom has expertise in regulatory, compliance and transactional work and is ‘a consistent resource for researching telecoms and other legal issues’. Ash Johnston is also a key figure and has advised on net neutrality, spectrum policy and universal service matters.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP runs the gamut of regulatory issues in this space and ‘provides excellent service’, ‘understands the industry extremely well’ and ‘understands its clients’ needs’. Thomas Jones heads the practice and is an expert in common carrier regulations. He advised Level 3 on the FCC’s regulations concerning business data services and on obtaining regulatory approval for its acquisition by CenturyLink. Jonathan Friedman has experience working with cable operators, video programmers and equipment manufacturers. He advised ARRIS on energy conservation regulations involving cable set-top boxes and modems as well as consumer broadband equipment. Daniel Alvarez’s skill-set includes advising on broadband deployment, open internet, cybersecurity and privacy issues. He recently advised Comcast on broadband infrastructure deployment regulations. David Murray is an expert in dispute resolution and represented Comcast Corporation and NBCUniversal Media in arbitration proceedings imposed by the FCC and DOJ following its merger. Michael Hurwitz advised Comcast on regulations relating to net neutrality, the deployment of broadband infrastructure and its merger conditions with NBCUniversal. Hurwitz, Friedman and Murray are ‘very smart’, ‘excellent writers’ and ‘have great analytical minds’. Of counsel Renee Gregory joined the firm from the FCC and is an expert in wireless matters. Michael Jones is also experienced in regulatory issues and advised Comcast and NBCUniversal on the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has strong expertise in dispute resolution and regulatory matters facing wireline, wireless, cable, broadband, internet, broadcast and satellite companies. Chérie Kiser heads the practice and is skilled in corporate, regulatory and contentious issues; she advised Blackboard on FCC proceedings involving unwanted ‘robocalls’ received by its consumers, and defended Cable One in litigation against state departments in Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon as well as the FCC. She also advised Universal Service Administrative Company on regulatory issues relating to its $9bn universal service fund. Of counsel Angela Collins is also a key figure and has worked with VoIP, cable, wireless and information services providers.

Former engineer Todd Daubert heads the practice at Dentons and has strong expertise in regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. He assisted North American Portability Management with transitioning its services from Neustar to iconectiv. He also advised Nokia on 5G deployments and assisted Pure IP with its entry into the US market. T-Mobile US, Amazon and Under Armour are key clients.

Jones Day has strong capabilities in communications, with a particular emphasis on regulatory issues that impact wireline, network, spectrum and satellite services. Bruce Olcott is experienced in regulatory and transactional issues, with strong expertise in both wireline and wireless technology. He worked with 1-800 Contacts in rulemaking proceedings before the FCC involving its ability to control any telephone numbers that spell the word ‘contacts’ and assisted Boeing with rulemaking proceedings regarding the allocation of radio spectrum rights between terrestrial and satellite services in millimeter wave frequency bands. He also advised Eutelsat SA on FCC proceedings and negotiations with fellow satellite operators on maintaining its C-band for satellite communications services in the US, and advised Teledyne Technologies on an Earth-sensing platform that has now been installed on the International Space Station. Michael Hazzard is also an expert in regulatory issues, particularly regarding data use in technology products. Recent recruit Samir Jain previously held the position of senior director for cybersecurity policy within the National Security Council at The White House.

Mayer Brown handles regulatory and legislative matters for both telecoms and broadcasting clients, who say that the firm’s ‘depth brings appropriate expertise to bear on all issues intersecting with telecoms practice and policy’. Angela Giancarlo jointly heads the practice and is highly experienced in satellite-, broadband- and digital-related proceedings. She worked with Wells Fargo Securities on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to the wireless, satellite and cable sectors. Fellow head Howard Waltzman is commended for his ‘depth of knowledge’, ‘analytical skills’ and ‘service quality’. He recently advised the CTIA on regulatory issues. Other key figures include the Chicago-based litigators Tyson Covey and Hans Germann as well as appellate specialist Donald Falk, who is based in Palo Alto.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. advises on regulatory matters and has a strong emphasis on the cable and wireless areas. Tara Corvo heads the practice and has represented cable, broadband and content providers on regulatory and legislative issues. She assisted the NCTA with securing legislative and regulatory changes towards improving cable and wireless operators’ capacity to deploy broadband services in a faster and more widespread manner. Copyright and communications specialist Seth Davidson worked with the same client before the Copyright Royalty Judges involving several copyright owners requesting an ‘inflation adjustment’ to royalty rates payable by cable operators for the carriage of broadcast television signals pursuant to the Copyright Act’s ‘compulsory license’ provisions. He also advised Mediacom Communications Corporation, Cablevision Systems Corporation and Bright House Networks on the audit of cable compulsory copyright licenses. Christopher Harvie focuses on policy and legislative matters associated with cable and telecoms companies. He assisted Cox Communications with franchising parity issues. Wireless communications expert Russell Fox advised Wi-Fi Alliance on regulatory issues and Craig Gilley advises cable operators and broadband providers on regulatory issues. Gilley assisted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with ensuring that its investments adhere to communications regulations. Sallye Clark is an expert in governmental matters and recently advised DRS Technologies and SES Government Solutions on behalf of the US Air Force’s use of drones in foreign jurisdictions. Associate Ari Moskowitz is experienced in cable, privacy and data security issues.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP primarily advises on regulations pertaining to broadcasting, satellite, cable and broadband. The team is led by Glenn Richards, who is highly skilled in cloud, VoIP, satellite and wireless matters. Scott Flick has ‘a deep knowledge of communication law and regulation’, ‘is very accessible’ and ‘always provides good counsel’. He worked with Media General on the regulatory and antitrust issues surrounding its $4.6m acquisition of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and advised GrupoTelevisa on a petition for declaratory ruling in its 49% interest acquisition in fellow Spanish language network Univision Communications. Broadcasting specialist David Burns advised Entercom Communications on obtaining FCC approval for its $2.8bn merger with CBS Radio.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is experienced in regulatory, contentious and transactional issues, working with cable, broadband, satellite and fiber optic service providers. Brian Weimer leads the group and, alongside Paul Weimer, represented KTSAT in an international arbitration involving the ownership of an orbiting satellite; the duo also worked with Rite Aid and CVS together on regulatory issues surrounding the TCPA. Werner represented Zayo Group in litigation against the City of Baltimore regarding charges to access the city’s underground conduit and advised Snap on net neutrality. Weimer also assisted VIZIO with ensuring that its new televisions adhered to accessibility regulations, and advised OneWeb on FCC and international regulatory matters. The firm advised Charter on compliance requirements pertaining to its merger with Time Warner. Other key figures include of counsel Gardner Gillespie, who specializes in cable and telecoms litigation, Dave Thomas, who has experience advising telecoms and broadband companies, and commercial agreements specialist Ray Rutngamlug.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s repertoire in this space includes regulatory, contentious and transactional work. Cliff Sloan heads the practice and is an expert in dispute resolution and regulatory matters. He worked with MMTC on its request for the FCC to amend its emergency alert services regulations to provide multilingual alerts in emergency situations. He also advised Rogers Communications on requesting a legal ban on the import and distribution of infringing set-top boxes, and assisted Empire State Development Corporation with its request for financing of deployment of broadband in the state’s rural areas. John Beahn has moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

Squire Patton Boggs grew its practice through the additions of Mark Dever and Eduardo Guzmán from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Dever advised Northstar Wireless on the FCC’s auction of AWS-3 spectrum rights, and Gusman has been heavily involved in Latin American regulatory matters. Practice head Robert Kelly assisted 800 MHz Transition Administrator with its $4bn spectrum reconfiguration and represented the Intelligent Transportation Society of America before the FCC regarding regulations on autonomous vehicles. Paul Besozzi and Peter Bean advised Securus Technologies on seeking regulatory approval for its takeover by a private equity firm. Robert Stup, worked with American Europe Connect on winning an FCC cable landing license to construct an undersea cable between New York and Ireland.

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