Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory in United States
Attorneys named in this section are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.
DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong track record of advising clients in cross-border matters and is recommended for its 'business-oriented approach', 'broad industry expertise', and the 'remarkable team of experts' it fields. CFIUS and Team Telecom specialist John Beahn handled national security issues for T-Mobile in its merger with Sprint, working alongside security specialist Sarah Kahn. Beahn was a new arrival to the practice from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2018. Practice co-heads Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski also act for T-Mobile - and controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom - in the regulatory aspects of its proposed merger with Sprint. Victory is lauded by clients for her 'high-quality strategic guidance', while 'stellar regulatory lawyer' Senkowski is also highly recommended. Wireless regulatory specialists Edward Smith and Eric DeSilva, who are 'stronger individuals in their own right than practice group leaders at other firms', according to one client, advise trade association CTIA, which represents all major wireless carriers, on the emergence of new technologies, particularly 5G and Internet of Things. New client Viziv Technologies has been a significant source of work for the firm, which has advised the wireless power company on obtaining regulatory approvals for the testing of its products. Other key names at the practice include associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer, both of whom assist Beahn in his role as lead regulatory counsel to 21st Century Fox in connection with its merger with Disney.
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Boutique firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP acts for clients on the full range of telecoms regulatory matters, with team leader John Nakahata noted for his experience in wireless and cable regulations. Nakahata, along with former FCC general counsel Christopher Wright, assisted litigation specialist and newly promoted partner Shiva Goel in the successful representation of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and Oceti Sakowin Tribal Utility Authority, which challenged the FCC's 2017 Lifeline order before the DC Circuit. Former FCC official Stephanie Weiner is notable for her work with internet clients, and recently argued on behalf of several industry associations and trade unions in their challenge to the FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, also before the DC Circuit. The firm's founding partners are veterans in the telecoms space; William Wiltshire is noted for his strong record of strategic advice to large clients, Scott Blake Harris has high-level regulatory and public policy experience, and Mark Grannis focuses on trial and appellate litigation as well as providing regulatory compliance advice. Other key lawyers at the firm include Kristine Devine, who specializes in the regulatory aspects of communications transactions; undersea cable and cross-border regulation expert Kent Bressie; and spectrum policy specialist Paul Margie.
'There is no better firm', according to one client, than Hogan Lovells US LLP, which provides clients with a broad range of regulatory services, as well as counsel on high-profile telecoms litigation. The firm is distinguished by its ability to assemble and represent stakeholder coalitions in responding to developing issues, such as practice head Michele Farquhar's work for PTC-220, a consortium comprising leading rail companies and trade associations, which pertained to its implementation of new Positive Train Control safety systems and included spectrum buyout and swap arrangements, as well as substantial FCC representation in rulemaking and waiver proceedings. The firm also advises satellite television operator DISH Network on its proposal to deploy 5G services in the 12Ghz band, and its attempts to prove the viability of the proposal to the FCC. Wireless spectrum policy and 'telehealth' expert Trey Hanbury led the representation of DISH, and is also assisting T-Mobile in securing third-party support for its merger with Sprint, in one of the largest and most contested wireless transactions in recent years. Spectrum policy expert Ari Fitzgerald recently acted for SNR Wireless in negotiations concerning bidding credits from the FCC's 2015 AWS-3 auction, following a 2017 court victory establishing SNR's eligibility for the credits. Another key contact, privacy and communications law expert Mark Brennan, handles privacy and cybersecurity work for the Internet Association, a trade association with members including Google, Facebook and Amazon, in connection with the FCC's informational injuries workshop and the impact of GDPR on US-based internet companies.
At Jenner & Block LLP, noted for its experience in complex regulatory and litigation matters, universal service and disability access expert Rebekah Goodheart is acting for Sorenson Communications before the FCC in advocating for the reform of the FCC's provisions under the Americans With Disabilities Act, as well as advising CTIA in connection with the FCC's mobility fund phase II auction. Former FCC transaction counsel John Flynn chairs the group along with Samuel Feder, a former FCC general counsel who focuses on representing clients before federal regulatory bodies. Feder is assisting Charter in connection with regulatory proceedings concerning net neutrality, as well as in related litigation, while Flynn is advising wireless power company Ossia on obtaining the required FCC approvals for the sale of its product, assisted by special counsel David Didion, who provides clients with compliance and policy advice. Other key names in the practice include former FCC general counsel Howard Symons, a federal regulatory expert, and of counsel Roger Sherman, who focuses on wireless regulatory strategies and served as the FCC wireless bureau chief. A specialist in voice over internet protocol (VoIP) communication and new technologies, Luke Platzer continues to represent Charter Communications in the appeals process arising from its suit against the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission concerning the authority of state regulators over VoIP services.
Latham & Watkins LLP's full-service practice handles significant regulatory and transactional work for a roster of high-profile clients. Matthew Brill, 'one of the top lawyers in town', according to clients, recently secured a victory for Charter at the Second Circuit in a case concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and set a precedent relating to the definition of an automated telephone dialing system. Brill also acts for Charter in a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General's office regarding Time Warner Cable's alleged misrepresentation of the broadband speeds provided to customers, alongside the firm's white-collar crime team. The practice is led by direct broadcast satellite and emerging technologies specialist James Barker, along with Brill and New York-based transactional specialist James Gorton. Satellite expert John Janka is serving as lead counsel to ViaSat in a range of strategic and regulatory matters, including contested spectrum proceedings and non-geostationary orbit satellite network applications. Barker recently led the regulatory team advising T-Mobile on its acquisition of Level 3 Communications, while Gorton headed the transactional team. Another key mandate for the firm has been its representation of the independent board of directors of T-Mobile in its merger with Sprint, working on transactional, regulatory and national security issues. Other notable names in the practice include Matthew Murchison, who has done 'great work on some complicated litigation' as well as providing regulatory counsel, and has significant experience in TCPA and broadcast licensing matters; and of counsel Elizabeth Park, who is experienced in both regulatory and transactional telecoms matters. Murchison recently represented Comcast and the West Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association in their challenge to state and local one-touch make-ready laws, along with Brill, and appellate specialist Melissa Arbus Sherry.
Wiley Rein LLP
Wiley Rein LLP has a strong track record in all aspects of telecoms work, representing major clients in the wireless, cable, wireline, and satellite industries. Practice co-head Kathleen Kirby serves as regulatory counsel to Gray Television in all matters, including its $3.65bn acquisition of Raycom; she also represents Entravision in market modification proceedings at the FCC, and is retained as outside counsel by the National Association of Broadcasters. Fellow co-head Ambassador David Gross provides regulatory and strategic advice to the GSM association, in connection with spectrum decisions at the national and international level. Additionally, Gross assists Anna Gomez - who has significant experience in spectrum matters as well as jointly chairing the firm's unmanned aircraft systems practice - in her work for wireless industry trade association CTIA concerning US positions before the International Telecommunications Union and World Radiocommunication Conference. IoT and spectrum policy expert Scott Delacourt has a strong track record of work for clients working in the intelligent vehicle space, helping the Association of Global Automakers secure 75MHz of radio spectrum for auto safety services, and assisting General Motors' subsidiary GM Cruise Holdings in securing approval for its automated vehicle ride-sharing service. Shawn Chang, a former chief counsel in the US House of Representatives, advises TracFone Wireless on its opposition to FCC proposals concerning the elimination of wireless resellers from the Lifeline program and related lobbying efforts. Another key name in the practice is Christopher Huther, a wireline and wireless specialist with a particular focus on infrastructure deployment. Huther is assisting Verizon in connection with regulations governing its deployment of small-cell systems necessary for 5G signals, and is aiding AT&T in its attempts to reduce its pole attachment rental rates. Chairman emeritus Richard Wiley is a legend in the field, while potential future stars include Ari Meltzer and broadcast-focused associate Henry Gola.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Known for its 'substantial depth', the team at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP is described by clients as 'very knowledgeable on regulatory matters' and recommended for its 'proactive education' of clients. Wireless specialist Adam Krinsky, who provides 'exceptional judgment and expertise in wireless policy', recently assisted Verizon with the FCC approval for its $3.1bn acquisition of Straight Path Communications, including defending the company against a petition to block the deal. Litigator Russell Hanser is representing incumbent local exchange carriers CenturyLink and Citizens Telecommunications of Minnesota in appealing aspects of the FCC's 2017 regulatory decisions regarding business data services; he participated in oral argument at the Eighth Circuit in May 2018. Broadcast specialist Ken Satten handles the firm's work for Hubbard Radio, and is recommended for his 'exceptional client service', and of counsel David O’Connor, who assists Satten in Hubbard's matters, is a 'fantastic adviser' and 'very responsive', according to one client. 'Knowledgeable and skilful' managing partner Bryan Tramont provides Iridium Communications with strategic advice regarding Iridium's spectrum rights, in connection with authorization modifications requested by adjacent spectrum-holders. Additionally, Tramont is advising DISH Network on the construction obligations its subsidiaries face in connection with its AWS-3 spectrum holdings, alongside 2018 arrival and former FCC official Jennifer Tatel, former FCC commissioner and special counsel Kathleen Abernathy, and Christine Crowe, who specializes in spectrum matters and designated entity structures. Crowe, working alongside the wireless and infrastructure compliance-focused Craig Gilmore, acts for several clients in infrastructure siting proceedings at the FCC, as well as advising on compliance with tower siting rules at federal, state, tribal and local levels. Other key clients for the practice include trade associations CTIA and CTA, distributed antenna operator ExteNet, and GPS company Garmin.
The team at Arnold & Porter, noted for its work with public broadcasters, recently acted for an ad hoc group of lenders in connection with the bankruptcy and restructuring of radio broadcaster Cumulus Media, along with related foreign ownership proceedings at the FCC. Scott Feira led the firm's advice to Cumulus' creditors, recently advised two of Southern California's largest public television stations KCETLink and PBS-affiliated KOCE-TV in merging their operations, and is a key contact for work relating to licence transfers and state public utilities commissions. Practice head Maureen Jeffreys advised key client AT&T on the antitrust process relating to its $85.4bn merger with Time Warner, securing DOJ approval for the transaction in June 2018. Jeffreys specializes in antitrust and other transaction-related regulatory work for telecoms clients, and is also acting for AT&T in the FCC review process for T-Mobile's merger with Sprint. The firm was also retained by AT&T and Nokia Corporation to obtain FCC approval and regulatory waivers for the development of their smart grid solutions. Peter Schildkraut, who focuses on spectrum issues, open internet and compliance, is another name to note. William Cook recently retired.
Cooley LLP is particularly noted for its expertise in cable and broadcast matters, though it fields a team of experts across all areas of telecoms work. Broadcast regulatory expert and senior counsel John Feore acts for both Fox's and CBS's affiliate associations, providing advice concerning the over-the-top content delivery market and related carriage issues. The team is lead by Michael Basile, who specializes in regulated transactions, and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell. McDowell serves as regulatory and public affairs counsel for T-Mobile in its merger with Sprint, and also handles FCC regulatory and international spectrum work for Iridium Communications. Basile, working alongside Feore, is assisting Cox Media Group, ION Media Networks and other broadcast clients in the aftermath of the FCC's recent incentive auction, including repacking of channels, channel-sharing arrangements and post-auction transactions. Feore and McDowell provide counsel to several broadcast clients concerning the UHF discount and its implications on broadcast transactions, alongside special counsel Jason Rademacher, who specializes in FCC enforcement defense as well as advocacy in rulemaking proceedings. Other key lawyers in the practice include David Wittenstein, who focuses on broadcast issues including retransmission, program access and licensing issues, and special counsel Christy Burrow, who specializes in FCC auctions and spectrum issues.
Jones Day provides the full range of services to telecoms clients, but is best known for its work with clients in the satellite industry. Group Leader Bruce Olcott has extensive experience in spectrum work, and is assisting Boeing in its development of a global non-geostationary satellite communications network, including spectrum work before the International Telecommunications Union. Olcott also acted for Eutelsat in challenging FCC proposals regarding the re-purposing of C-band spectrum for terrestrial wireless use, and also handled Eutelsat's subsequent negotiations with other leading satellite operators connected to the FCC's proposal. Privacy and consumer protection specialist Michael Hazzard has a strong track record in work relating to cloud communications services, and defends CallFire in consumer protection cases, particularly those involving the TCPA. In another TCPA case, Hazzard is defending Twilio against two state-level class-action lawsuits in Nevada and Tennessee. Hazzard is assisted in litigation matters by associate Kaytlin Roholt, who specializes in cases involving the TCPA. Another key recent mandate for the firm is its work for creditors of iHeart Communications, in connection with iHeart's bankruptcy and subsequent transfer of ownership to its creditors.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
The team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is noted for its strong practice in both regulatory and commercial matters, and is appreciated by clients for its 'pragmatic advice'. Spectrum expert Chip Yorkgitis is advising Aviation Spectrum Resources, which coordinates radiocommunication licensing for the aviation industry, in its opposition to FCC proposals made by Ligado, amid concerns Ligado's ancillary terrestrial components would possibly interfere with GPS signals. Defense contractor Raytheon is another prominent client of Yorkgitis', as is PT Telkom subsidiary Telin USA. Steve Augustino specializes in TCPA defense work, as well as Universal Service Fund contributions, and recently assisted AmeriFactors Financial Group in connection with its FCC petition concerning the classification of e-faxes under the TCPA. Augustino and special counsel Denise Smith are praised for their 'excellent counsel on difficult questions'. Smith specializes in wireline, wireless and cross-border work, and advises Telin USA on compliance with its national security agreement, alongside Yorkgitis. Telephone and broadband expert Tom Cohen acts for two major trade associations representing the fiber and cable industries respectively, in connection with various federal regulatory initiatives. John Heitmann heads the 'cost-effective' practice and successfully represented several clients, including Assist Wireless and the National Lifeline Association, in their appeal of the FCC's 2017 Lifeline order, which saw the order vacated by a DC Circuit decision in February 2019.
Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.
Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C. is best known for its work in trial and appellate litigation for household-name telecoms clients such as Verizon and AT&T. Appellate specialist Scott Angstreich is highly recommended, recently advocating for Verizon against Peerless Networks before the Seventh Circuit. Managing partner Michael Kellogg has significant experience in regulatory, antitrust and appellate issues, while civil litigation specialist Joshua Branson is notable for his experience in representing clients before the FCC. Wireline, broadcast and wireless litigation expert Evan Leo has experience working for market-leading providers such as Verizon, represents independent broadcast clients in program carriage disputes, and leads the firm's telecoms research group, producing industry fact reports. Other key individuals at the firm include former FCC general counsel Sean Lev, civil litigation specialist Brendan Crimmins, who has a track record of work for major telecom companies, and Aaron Panner, an antitrust specialist with a history of appellate court work for large telecoms clients.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is notable for its advice on wireline and fiber matters, as well as assisting foreign telecoms clients with national security issues. It earns praise for its 'deep industry experience, together with legal and regulatory expertise', while its 'enormous bench strength' allows it to provide a broad range of services. Practice head and veteran practitioner Andrew Lipman has particular experience in undersea cable work, and is considered both a 'brilliant legal tactician' and a 'savvy business and financial adviser', according to one client. Lipman leads the firm's advice to Hawaiki Cable on the construction of its trans-pacific cable and related regulatory approvals, along with Ulises Pin. Pin specializes in cross-border work , and has been handling telecoms infrastructure work for Facebook along with internet media and VoIP specialist William Wilhelm. Deputy practice head Catherine Wang 'provides creative and innovative legal and regulatory strategies', focusing on spectrum and wireless issues. Wang advised Cincinnati Bell on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Hawaiian Telecom, along with Lipman and Russell Blau, who specializes in telecoms litigation and regulatory policy. Other key team members include satellite and wireless specialist Timothy Bransford and Ronald Del Sesto, who is noted for his work on privacy matters and contract negotiation issues.
Paul Hastings LLP is noted for representing broadcasters in matters regarding new technologies, as well as matters requiring novel legal approaches. Department head Eric Greenberg is an experienced transactional lawyer, while Sherrese Smith is the key contact for clients requiring regulatory advice. Smith and Greenberg recently acted for ION Media with a series of innovative transactions arising from the FCC's incentive auction. Associate Andrew Erber is experienced in the regulatory aspects of broadcast transactions, and assisted Greenberg and Smith in their work for ION Media. Smith handles work for Cox Media regarding its expansion into new areas of content delivery - alongside cybersecurity expert Behnam Dayanim - as well as advising the National Association of Broadcasters on issues connected to the emergence and deployment of new broadcast technologies. Other key clients for the practice include 21st Century Fox, Nexstar Communications, and Univision Communications. Employment lawyer Carson Sullivan is also a member of the interdisciplinary group and defends AT&T in employment cases.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is particularly strong in cross-border, CFIUS and national security work, with a client list that includes satellite operators such as OneWeb and Omnispace, and private equity clients such as I Squared Capital and Astra Capital Management. Team leader Brian Weimer focuses on satellite, wireless and broadcast companies, providing transactional and regulatory advice, as well as representation in FCC enforcement and national security proceedings. Weimer represents Korean satellite operator KTSAT in arbitration and litigation proceedings concerning satellite ownership and related damages, along with telecoms litigation specialist Paul Werner. Werner has experience in large-scale domestic consumer protection matters, with a particular emphasis on privacy matters, as well as arbitration and international disputes; he serves as regulatory counsel to social network and media company Snap. Weimer and Werner also advised NESS Technologies on a dispute with Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, raising novel issues concerning the CFIUS process, and on a purchase agreement for Ness' digital solutions business. Focusing on broadband, cable and wireless issues, Dave Thomas is the key contact for Charter Communications; he advises the client on wireless infrastructure deployment, cable operational issues, the FCC's one-touch infrastructure policies, and net neutrality. Other key team members include cable specialist Ray Rutngamlug and associate Drew Svor. Aaron George recently departed the firm for an in-house position.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is noted for its work on high-profile regulatory matters, as well as for its ability to pull together interdisciplinary teams and its 'invaluable' policy awareness. A key recent mandate for the internet-focused firm was its representation of several clients in petitioning the FCC to reverse its Restoring Internet Freedom Order. 'Extremely savvy' practice head Markham Erickson and 'very responsive and organized' associate Georgios Leris represented lead petitioners Mozilla and INCOMPAS, while internet law and new technologies specialist Pantelis Michalopoulos, alongside associate Travis West, advised additional petitioners Etsy and the Coalition for Internet Openness. Michalopoulos is also assisting Dish Network with its opposition to the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, and with its expansion into Cuba, and is assisting Iota in wireless licensing matters crucial to its Internet of Things services. Erickson works with key client Netflix on various regulatory matters, including representation before the FCC concerning regulations applied to over-the-top video services. Other key names in the practice include of counsel Christopher Bjornson, who advocates for clients before both national and international regulatory bodies, and former FCC general counsel Jonathan Sallet, who also brings to bear significant experience in antitrust and internet law.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP represents domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of regulatory issues. Group leader Thomas Jones is 'responsive, knowledgeable and a strategic thinker'; he specializes in FCC merger review and enforcement proceedings, and recently acted for Granite Telecommunications and Manhattan Telecommunications (d/b/a/ Metropolitan Telecommunications) in connection with USTelecom's petition for forbearance concerning the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Another prominent name in the practice is of counsel Mia Hayes, who has a particular focus on competition and FCC transaction review, and assisted Jones in his work for Granite and Manhattan. Michael Hurwitz has significant experience in FCC complaint and enforcement proceedings, and successfully defended key client Comcast in a program carriage dispute with beIN sports. Comcast also retains the firm on several other regulatory matters, with broadband deployment expert Daniel Alvarez handling work concerning the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, and cable specialist Jonathan Friedman assisting with various regulatory reform issues. Of counsel Renee Gregory is a key contact for spectrum work, and also has significant experience in wireless matters. Friedman and Gregory advise ARRIS Group on 3.5GHz spectrum proceedings and other mid-band issues.
The team at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP 'has the ability to provide targeted, accurate advice quickly and efficiently on a variety of regulatory issues', according to one client. The firm is highly experienced in acting as communications regulatory counsel for creditors, underwriters and lead arrangers working in the telecoms space, and is retained by prominent financial clients including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan. Department head Chérie Kiser has advised groups of such clients on the financing of leading telecoms and broadcast companies, including Comcast, Charter Communications, and T-Mobile. Kiser is 'an extraordinary lawyer' and is recommended for her knowledge of 'all things related to telecoms law,' according to clients. Of counsel Angela Collins, who is notable for her work with Competitive Local Exchange Carriers and VoIP service providers, recently assisted key client Birch Communications - alongside Kiser - with regulatory matters connected to its merger with Fusion Telecommunications International and the resulting reorganization of the company. The team also represents Blackboard, a provider of communications systems to educational institutions, in connection with the FCC's recent proposals surrounding robocalls, particularly focusing on the issues surrounding reassigned numbers.
Dentons is noted for its international work, such as advising Nokia on regulatory matters relating to 5G deployment. A key recent mandate for the firm was its work for North American Portability Management, which it assisted in the process of transferring the role of local number portability administrator from Neustar to Telcordia Technologies (d/b/a/ iconetiv), including defending against various objections raised by the outgoing Neustar. Todd Daubert leads the group; he stands out for his engineering background and has a long history of regulatory and transactional work. Daubert also serves as regulatory counsel to Perform Investment d/b/a DAZN regarding its entry into the US internet broadcast market, and advises T-Mobile on FCC proceedings concerning interconnection agreement reform. Another key team member is managing associate Lauren Wilson, a former FCC legal adviser who has particular experience in matters involving robocalls, universal service funding, and broadband infrastructure. In addition, the firm advised NICOR Energy Services on customer calling regulations under the TCPA, handled Pure IP's entry into the US market, and serves as part of Nokia's global regulatory panel.
Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC
With significant across the telecoms space, boutique firm Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC is a popular choice for clients dealing with FCC regulations. Managing partner Gregory Lawler, a former White House policy adviser and telecoms expert, is a key figure at the firm, as is Gina Keeney, a veteran practitioner with significant FCC experience. The firm's client list features household names in the wireless and cable spaces such as Sprint and Comcast, private equity clients such as Blackstone, and satellite clients such as low-earth orbit constellation operator Globalstar. Richard Metzger, who leads the telecoms group, focuses on regulatory and antitrust issues, and has significant expertise in wireline competition matters. Former FCC official Charles Logan has significant experience in mass media issues, but provides service across the wireline, wireless and broadcast spaces. Other names of note are Emily Daniels, an up-and-coming FCC advocacy specialist, and wireless and satellite focused Stephen Berman.
Mayer Brown is noted for its expertise in matters involving international regulations, as well as in satellite and wireless matters. Practice co-head Howard Waltzman has a particular focus on privacy issues, and advises wireless trade association CTIA in a variety of regulatory matters, particularly those relating to spectrum policy, wireless infrastructure and cybersecurity matters. Fellow co-head Angela Giancarlo is a former FCC official and has significant experience in the satellite, wireless, broadband and digital media spaces, as well as advocating for clients before international regulatory bodies such as the International Telecommunications Union. Chicago-based Mitchell Holzrichter is a key contact for clients seeking advice on the implications of new and proposed legislation, while Hans Germann, also based in Chicago, is a name to note in telecoms-related litigation.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is known for its cross-border work, as well as its focus on emerging technologies. Tara Corvo heads the group and is notable for her focus on the intersection of legislative and regulatory policies, as well as for work within the fields of broadband, cable and content provision. Corvo successfully represented cable operator Altice in a carriage dispute with Starz, and also acts as legislative and regulatory counsel for cable industry trade association NCTA. Spectrum expert Russell Fox recently assisted T-Mobile in connection with the FCC's regulations concerning commercial use of the 3.5GHz band, and also advises CTIA on legislation concerning 5G infrastructure. Of counsel Laura Stefani focuses on emerging wireless technologies and recently advised Sierra Nevada on the regulatory aspects of deploying its commercial radar product. Sallye Clark is noted for her experience in cross-border satellite matters, and recently handled spectrum work and International Telecommunication Union representation for satellite company AST&Science. Other notable team members include cable expert Seth Davidson, and cybersecurity expert Christopher Harvie, who acts for Comcast in privacy matters.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is noted for its track record in signal carriage and program licensing work, as well as its work with clients offering over-the-top content delivery services. Practice co-head Scott Flick recently represented Shield Media in a dispute with Dish Networks regarding the payment of retransmission fees, assisted on the creation of private equity-backed broadcast company Standard Media, and serves as outside counsel to the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations. Fellow co-head Glenn Richards is noted for his long-term experience with VoIP clients, as well as his work for wireless resellers and financial investors entering the sector. Richards recently acted as regulatory counsel to GCTR in its sale of connected health company GreatCall to Best Buy. Sinclair Broadcasting is a marquee client for the firm, and is served by broadcast specialist Miles Mason in both general and transaction-specific regulatory capacities. Most notably, Mason handled the regulatory aspects of Sinclair's now-terminated acquisition of Tribune Media. Of counsel David Burns advised Cumulus Media on the FCC regulations concerning its Chapter 11 restructuring, and led the firm's advice to Entercom on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of CBS Radio. Of counsel Lee Petro, a broadcast, wireless and telephone specialist, joined the firm from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in July 2018.
Squire Patton Boggs is praised by clients for its 'deep bench' as well as its regulatory experience and cross-border capabilities. Wireless spectrum expert Mark Dever advises Northstar wireless on its negotiations to secure bidding credits from the FCC, following on from litigation related to the AWS-3 auction. Practice head Robert Kelly is notable for his ability to 'maximize efficiency and provide the greatest value to clients', as well as his strong track record with clients in the intelligent vehicles industry, representing the Intelligent Transportation Society of America before the FCC on regulatory matters, particularly regarding the proposals to allow unlicensed devices to operate in the 5.9GHz band. Eduardo Guzmán focuses on regulatory and dispute resolution work in Latin America, as well as practicing domestically. Guzmán handles various matters for key client Puerto Rico Telephone Company in the wake of infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Maria, including disputes with PREPANet, a subsidiary of state energy company PREPA. Another key client for the firm is the 800MHz Transition Administrator, for which Kelly acts as general counsel in its reconfiguration of the 800MHz spectrum band. Other key names at the practice include Joseph Markoski, an 'excellent' specialist in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and Robert Stup, who focuses on regulatory compliance, particularly concerning the Universal Service Fund and various spectrum issues; Stup is recommended by clients for his pragmatic advice.
Telecommunications Law Professionals
At the boutique firm Telecommunications Law Professionals, which is known for its representation of smaller market players in bet-the-company situations, as well as its co-counsel work with firms that lack a specialist practice, founding partner Carl Northrop leads the group along with managing partner Michael Lazarus. Northrop successfully represented Skyriver Spectrum and Technology in a dispute with Verizon pertaining to a leasing agreement between the two parties, while Lazarus serves as federal regulatory counsel to Alaskan communications provider GCI on various spectrum issues and roaming agreements. Other notable practitioners include Ash Johnston, a wireless industry veteran who serves as the neutrality auditor for the local number portability management service, of counsel broadcast regulatory specialist John Griffith Johnson, and of counsel Helen Disenhaus, most notable for her work in the undersea cable and satellite industries, as well as new technologies and cross border work. Newly promoted partner Jessica Gyllstrom leads the firm's advice to Starry on state and federal regulations concerning its fixed wireless broadband service. Broadcast specialist Dennis Corbett is advising Northwest Broadcasting on regulation affecting its television properties, including retransmission consent and multiple ownership issues, and is also retained as regulatory counsel by Ramar Communications in connection with its television and radio portfolios.