Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory in United States

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Noted for handling some of the biggest and most sophisticated telecom mergers in the US, the team at DLA Piper LLP (US) also represents clients before the national security agencies, assists US clients entering global markets, and addresses state issues at regulatory commissions and the attorney general offices. The team of 'thoughtful telecom lawyers who understand the industry like no others', led by joint practice heads Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski, gives 'clear, straightforward and rational guidance without much of the legalese'. It is acting as lead regulatory counsel representing T-Mobile – and controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG – in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation. One of the largest ever telecoms mergers, it is subject to numerous federal, state and international regulatory reviews. Edward Smith is highly rated for wireless and satellite matters, namely mergers, acquisitions, and spectrum policy. On regulatory matters Eric DeSilva's 'experience at the FCC, coupled with his outstanding negotiation and writing skills, make him a great addition to the DLA team'. He focuses on wireless matters, including leading edge technologies such as 5G and Private LTE. Associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer also come highly recommended. John Beahn departed the firm to join Shearman & Sterling LLP and Peter Karanjia joined from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. The latter will chair the firm’s administrative law appellate practice which boosts the firm's government-facing litigation. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

R. Michael Senkowski; Nancy J. Victory

Other key lawyers:

Eric DeSilva; Edward Smith; Eric W. DeSilva; Dana Zelman; Peter Shroyer; Peter Karanjia

Testimonials

‘The practice brings together a seasoned group of professionals that collectively amass experience and know-how second to none in the federal communications bar.’ 

‘Eric DeSilva and his team have the ability to juggle an enormous amount of work spanning multiple, simultaneous, complex proceedings. In short, he is a power house. Just as importantly, he also conducts his work with grace, kindness and generosity.’ 

‘DLA’s telecom team includes several unmatched senior leaders who have attracted a team of up and coming stars among the junior partners and associates. The telecom practice is small, but mighty, and has the chops to handle “bet the business” projects along with more mundane compliance and regulatory issues.’

‘Spectrum is one area where the group excels — an area where policy meets engineering — and that requires special background and skills. A five star group.’ 

‘Nancy Victory has superior judgment even in the rarified air of high-priced counsel, and has unmatched experience compared to even the most senior telecom partner in other DC firms. Her work product is always excellent and she always delivers as promised. She is outstanding.’ 

‘Mike Senkowski’s telecom M&A experience sets him apart from almost any other lawyer in Washington (except for maybe Nancy Victory). He has worked on virtually every major wireless transaction in the history of the industry and is an absolutely vital part of any M&A project.’ 

‘Edward Smith’s experience at the FCC, coupled with his outstanding negotiation and writing skills, make him a great addition to the DLA team. In any other telecom practice, he might already be the practice lead, but he is certainly a worthy successor.’

‘The practice provides a unique combination of 24/7 responsiveness, in-depth expertise and deep understanding of how to achieve results through integrated approaches to the law, regulation and drivers for Government decision-makers. Their strength comes from having core members with over three decades of experience on cutting edge wireless issues; past Government service at the highest levels; and, engineering capabilities as well.’ 

‘The individual team members of DLA are each amazing problem solvers and relentless in their pursuit of solutions. Key players from the DLA Team also recognize and understand the complexity of large legal organizations — seeking to add alignment and efficiencies.’ 

‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are top notch in their area.’ 

‘This team of regulatory lawyers is superb. I have come to rely on them not just for their technical and legal expertise, but also for their good judgment and strategic thinking. The DLA regulatory team is incredibly responsive and on top of issues, unlike many of the other firms practicing in their area. They bring a deep understanding of the FCC, and state bodies, but also have important relationships and political understanding of these regulatory agencies.’ 

‘DLA Piper has assembled a team of thoughtful telecom lawyers who understand the industry like no others. They give clear, straightforward and rational guidance without much of the legalese. They take time to understand your business, your goals, your risk tolerance level, and your concerns. Their breadth of experience adds to the richness of their advice. They deftly move from the most technical of filing questions to the most strategic overarching telecom questions.’ 

‘Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski are smart, strategic and forward-looking lawyers who guide a team of all-stars. They can explain issues in detail to in-house counsel, then turn around and immediately high-level it for senior executives.’ 

‘Knowledge of the wireless telecom industry and Federal regulatory governance is superior to other firms that I have dealt with.’ 

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

T-Mobile US, Inc.

WorldVu dba OneWeb

Globalstar, Inc.

CTIA

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

TracFone Wireless, Inc.

GTT Communications

Lionsgate/Starz

Echodyne Corp

Associated Press

New York Times

Washington Post

MetroPCS

Viacom

21st Century Fox

Work highlights

  • Representing Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile as lead regulatory counsel in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Representing Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile with respect to the divestiture of Sprint’s prepaid wireless business to DISH after the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Represented Globalstar in its international efforts to obtain satellite and terrestrial authorizations and use its spectrum to offer new TD-LTE services in multiple jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Representing OneWeb in establishing a joint venture in Russia and deploying gateways in numerous countries.
  • Assisted Echodyne in securing FCC approval to operate its innovative radars for counter-UAS surveillance activities.

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Led by Scott Blake Harris and John Nakahata, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP assists clients on the gamut of matters in the telecoms space including  satellite, wireless, wireline, broadcasting, telecom equipment, software, and drones issues. The boutique firm works with prominent industry associations, emerging companies, and tech start-ups. The team most notably represented the Entertainment Software Association and the Internet Association before a three-judge panel in the DC Circuit in a historic challenge to the FCC order rolling back net neutrality requirements. Nakahata is noted for his experience in wireless and cable regulations, while Harris possesses high-level regulatory and public policy experience. Key team members include former FCC general counsel Christopher Wright and former FCC official and internet specialist Stephanie Weiner. William Wiltshire, a founding partner, provides clients with strategic advice, and Mark Grannis, another founding partner, focuses on trial and appellate litigation as well as providing regulatory compliance advice. Kristine Devine is a communications expert; Kent Bressie, and spectrum policy specialist Paul Margie are further names to note. All attorneys are based in Washington unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

John Nakahata; Scott Blake Harris

Work highlights

  • Represented the Entertainment Software Association and the Internet Association before a three-judge panel in the DC Circuit in a challenge to the FCC order rolling back net neutrality requirements.
  • Represented Cisco, Google, Facebook, Hewlett‐Packard Enterprise, and BroadcomSucceeded in winning a proposal from the Federal Communications Commission to open the band to next-generation unlicensed wireless and are working through the regulatory process toward final rules.
  • Represented Comcast and NCTA at the Federal Communications Commission to open the 5.9 GHz band to Wi-Fi.
  • Represents SpaceX in connection with its plan to construct, launch, and operate a system of up to 12,000 non‐geostationary orbit satellites known as Starlink that will provide high‐speed broadband services to users around the world.
  • Represented Wi-Fi manufacturers in rules concerning emergency response communications and accessibility regulation at the FCC.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP offers clients a wide range of regulatory services including representing telecoms clients in high-stakes litigation. The 'incredibly responsive and engaged' team is representing T-Mobile in its bid to obtain regulatory approvals to complete its purchase of Sprint, in one of the largest and most contested wireless transactions in recent years. It has secured clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Noted for leading and assembling stakeholder coalitions, the practice counts the IoT, online privacy and consumer protection, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, net neutrality, M2M, and spectrum auctions among its specializations. Practice head Michele Farquhar advises clients on a variety of global and US communications policy initiatives in addition to regulatory strategies involving M&A transactions and litigation. Spectrum policy expert Ari Fitzgerald  assisted GE secure the first-ever nationwide FCC spectrum license for use in conducting beyond-line-of-sight drone operations. Clients report that Fitzgerald and Farquhar are 'influential partners in the telecoms space'. The 'exceptionalTrey Hanbury, a leading advocate on spectrum and technology policy issues, provides strategic advice to a wide range of communications, internet, and media companies both domestically and internationally. Another key name is Mark Brennan, who regularly represents well-known internet and technology companies, advising on privacy law, AI, facial recognition, telecommunications networking, and consumer protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Michele Farquhar

Other key lawyers:

Ari Fitzgerald; Trey Handbury; Mark Brennan

Testimonials

This team really knows their stuff. I focus primarily on satellite business, and there isn’t an issue that they haven’t dealt with or I don’t feel comfortable asking them about.’

‘The Hogan team is incredibly responsive and engaged which is a rare find, and when I speak with them, they are all great at focusing on the key issues at hand.

This team is especially strong at detailed and complex projects and is incredibly responsive.’

I especially want to call out Trey Hanbury, who is exceptional. Michele Farquhar and Ari Fitzgerald also are very experienced and influential partners in the telecom space.’

Key clients

T-Mobile

Vodafone and Vodafone Americas

Gogo

SES/OB3

Roku

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Columbia Capital

CTIA-The Wireless Association

GE

Association of American Railroads (AAR)

Internet Association

Navient

NextNav

News Corporation

PTC-200 (major freight railroad coalition)

RTI International

Southern Linc

SNR Wireless

XO Communications

Bell Canada

Sprint

RFD-TV and Rural Media Group

Atlantic Telecommunications

Network (ATNI)

Lockheed Martin

Time-Warner Cable

Cisco

Grain Management

Vulcan Wireless

HC2

ACA International

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Michele SES and Intelsat on proposals, outreach efforts to mobile carriers and satellite customers, development of FCC materials and outlines of the proposal, advocating the proposal at the FCC, Hill and Administration think tanks, and monitoring developments.
  • Representing T-Mobile on its bid to receive certain regulatory approvals necessary to complete its purchase of Sprint.
  • Advising MSD Capital on regulatory compliance associated with their holdings in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band. Worked with MSD Capital to demonstrate to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) how thecompany’s license entity provides innovative, point-to-multipoint services to a wide array of customers throughout its geographic license areas and continues to invest in new means of deploying services over its MVDDS spectrum.
  • Advise Vodafone on a range of regulatory and corporate issues both in the US and abroad, especially as Vodafone Americas expands its market presence in the U.S. and Latin America.
  • Represent SNR Wireless, the fourth highest bidder in the FCC’s 2015 AWS-3 mobile broadband spectrum auction, and successfully challenged the FCC’s decision to deny SNR auction bidding credits worth over $1.3 billion.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is a go-to firm for the US cable industry, and the full-service practice has a strong presence on a range of telecoms matters. Its expertise spans regulatory and litigation issues for a high-profile client roster, which includes broadband service providers, cable operators, fixed and mobile telecommunications carriers, satellite operators, broadcast radio and television stations. Washington DC-based duo Matthew Brill and Matthew Murchison are representing 10 leading cable industry plaintiffs in a suit against the State of Maine which seeks to invalidate a new law compelling cable operators and programmers to sell all networks and individual programs individually, rather than as part of a service tier. This case is likely to establish precedent under the Communications Act. The practice is jointly led by Brill, direct broadcast satellite and emerging technologies specialist James Barker and California-based Anthony Klein. Of Counsel Elizabeth Park, focuses on representing communications, information technology and media corporations on both transactional and regulatory matters. Satellite expert John Janka retired from partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Matthew A. Brill; James H. Barker; Anthony R. Klein

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Park

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

NCTA

Comcast

Cox Enterprises

Charter Communications, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Facebook

Wix.com

Frontier Communications

LICT Corporation

SiriusXM

Radio Music License Committee

National Association of Broadcasters

Work highlights

  • Represents 10 plaintiffs — A&E, CBS, Comcast Cable of Maine, C-SPAN, Discovery, Disney Enterprises, Fox Cable, NBCUniversal Media, New England Sports Network, and Viacom ― in a suit against the State of Maine that seeks to invalidate a new law compelling cable operators and programmers to sell all networks and individual programs individually, rather than as part of a service tier.
  • Represents the committee of independent directors of T-Mobile in its agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction with Sprint Corp, advising on corporate, finance, communications, antitrust, CFIUS, intellectual property, and compliance matters.
  • Represents the cable industry — NCTA, the Internet and Television Association, Comcast and Cox Enterprises — in proceedings before the FCC and the courts on “open Internet” or “net neutrality” rules, including the appropriate classification of broadband Internet access service and the policy implications of the existing common-carrier regulatory framework.
  • Represents Charter Communications (Charter) in a series of lawsuits alleging that Time Warner Cable (TWC) (which merged with a subsidiary of Charter in May 2016) misrepresented the broadband performance it provides to consumers.
  • Serves as lead counsel for ViaSat, Inc in a pan-European dispute regarding the misappropriation of spectrum awarded for a satellite network, by attempting to illegally use it almost exclusively for a pan-European air-to-ground (ATG) network to be operated by Deutsche Telekom.

Wiley Rein LLP

At Wiley Rein LLP, an impressive list of international and domestic clients spanning satellite companies, broadcasters, and global communications providers are represented on the full range of regulatory matters. Though the firm’s core practice concerns FCC-related matters, the Kathleen Kirby and Ambassador David Gross-led department is seeing more Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission work. Go-to satellite specialist Jennifer Hindin leads a team that is representing Intelsat and the C-Band Alliance in repurposing C-band satellite spectrum for terrestrial operations, which is one of the most significant 5G issues before the FCC. Wireless expert Christopher Huther and Claire Evans often jointly lead on the firm’s most significant work and attract praise for bringing 'an erudite quality to everything they do'. Other key practitioners include spectrum specialist Anna Gomez and Joshua Turner, who have extensive experience representing telecoms clients before the FCC. Chairman emeritus Richard Wiley is considered a legend in the field, while Ari Meltzer and broadcast-focused associate Henry Gola are other names to note. All attorneys are based in Washington unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

David Gross; Kathleen Kirby

Testimonials

The extraordinary service that Christopher Huther and Claire Evans provide is only matched by their endearing resolve and capabilities. There is an erudite quality to everything they do, starting with a focused energy and strategy.’

Key clients

AT&T, Inc.

Verizon Communications

Deutsche Telecom AG

CTIA-The Wireless Association

Motorola Solutions

T-Mobile USA

Inmarsat PLC

Satellite Industry Association

GSM Association

WorldVu Satellites, Ltd, dba OneWeb

Work highlights

  • Represent Intelsat and the C-Band Alliance before the FCC in ther attempts to repurpose C-band satellite spectrum for terrestrial operations.
  • Wiley Rein was lead counsel for a Apax – a consortium of four private equity partners – in obtaining FCC and Team Telecom approval for the transfer of control of satellite company Inmarsat.
  • Assists Iridium on obtaining necessary regulatory approvals from the FCC for the launch and operation of the second generation Iridium NEXT satellite constellation of 68 spacecraft, with ten successful launches on SpaceX’s falcon rockets.
  • Advise Xylem in regulatory matters before the FCC, namely regulatory approvals for its subsidiary Sensus’ licenses, including drafting applications, notifications, and buildout requirement justifications.
  • Serves as outside counsel to the Satellite Industry Association (SIA).

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP has a 'fantastic bench of lawyers that know virtually every issue in the telecom and media regulatory space'. It assists its ever-expanding client roster on a variety of matters, especially on FFC issues.  Widely respected veteran and managing partner Bryan Tramont, heads the practice, which advises companies and associations from the technology, telecom, and media sectors, including leading broadcast, cable, wireless, broadband, and satellite companies. Key members of the team include 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. Telecoms and media expert Brian Murray, broadcast specialist Ken Satten, litigator Russel Hanser, wireless specialist Adam Krinsky – who regularly assists corporations such as Verizon and Comast on wireless matters – are other names of note. Craig Gilmore acts for 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. Jennifer Kostyu and David Solomon who are 'excellent attorneys' who provide 'exceptional advice' are other names to note. Patrick Halley departed the firm to join its client, USTelecom.

Practice head(s):

Bryan N. Tramont

Testimonials

‘WBK elevates the practice of law and service to clients to a uniquely high level. Their work product and client outreach are superior to other firms because they treat each client as if they are the only client.’ 

‘The team has broad expertise that each lawyer can leverage for clients.’ 

‘This firm has strong expertise in the enforcement arena — and very experienced counsel.’ 

‘David Solomon and Jennifer Kostyu are standouts – excellent attorneys providing exceptional advice.’

‘No one is more connected in the Telecom Bar than Bryan Tramont. He was called out in front of a crowd of 1600 telecom lawyers by the Chairman of the FCC – noting that his image should be on the new logo of the FCC.’ 

‘WBK has a fantastic bench of lawyers that know virtually every issue in the telecom and media regulatory space. It is a medium sized firm with a small firm culture but expertise that rivals and exceeds the talent at large firms much higher priced. The firm operates in a client-first manner that allows all of the firms lawyers to provide service to you based on your needs.’ 

 

Key clients

Comcast

Iridium

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Verizon

Hubbard Broadcasting

DISH Network

CTIA

Cox

Garmin International

USTelecom

Educational Media Foundation,

Connoisseur Media,

Capitol Broadcasting,

T-Mobile,

CTIA,

WIA,

ExteNet,

nTelos,

Connoisseur,

Lower Colorado River Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Comcast on its acquisition of licenses in the 600 MHz spectrum band in the FCC’s broadcast spectrum incentive auction, in which Comcast won licenses in 72 markets for approximately $1.725bn.
  • Represented Verizon before the Federal Communications Commission on a broad range of initiatives to identify and repurpose spectrum to be made available for 5G wireless broadband services.
  • Advises Iridium on its efforts to prevent harmful interference to its system that would occur if the FCC grants a pending application from an adjacent spectrum holder seeking to modify its current authorization.
  • Representing the Consumer Technology Association before federal agencies (including the FCC, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission) on regulatory issues such as spectrum availability, cybersecurity/supply chain, consumer privacy, equipment authorizations, drone regulation, the Internet of Things, and more.
  • Firm advises DISH on the construction obligations associated with its spectrum holdings, including in the AWS-4, Lower 700 MHz E Block, and H Block bands that would allow DISH to enter the wireless business.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has experience steering transactions through the regulatory approval process at the federal, state, local, and international level. The firm most notably represented AT&T in its merger with Time Warner, winning an appeal in 2019 against the Justice Department. Led by Maureen Jeffreys, the team advises clients in the telecommunications, consumer products, pharmaceutical, education, and other industries on a range of federal regulatory issues. Key strengths include novel spectrum policy issues, counselling clients on regulatory implications of new products and technologies, advising media clients on First Amendment and related issues, and representing cable television operators in franchise disputes with municipalities. Jeffreys has nearly two decades of regulatory, transactional, and litigation experience providing strategic counselling on federal policy developments, including cutting edge developments in spectrum policy. A key practitioner in this space is Scott Feria, who has experience in FFC merger reviews and license transfer proceedings, consumer protection rules, and equity financing transactions. Peter Schildkraut, another key name, focuses on spectrum issues, open internet and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Jeffreys

Other key lawyers:

Scott Feria; Peter Schildkraut

Key clients

AT&T Inc.

KQED, Inc.

L3 Technologies, Inc.

National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunication Association, Inc.

KCETLink

North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.

Crowley Technologies

Public Media Group of Southern California

Work highlights

  • Represented an ad hoc group of lenders comprised of more than 50 funds, managed by Eaton Vance, OppenheimerFunds, and Symphony Asset Management, in the successful restructuring of iHeartMedia, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries.
  • As part of the FCC’s approval of AT&T’s 2015 acquisition of DIRECTV, the FCC imposed conditions on AT&T. Firm served as lead counsel to AT&T in the FCC transaction review and participated in negotiating these conditions with the FCC.
  • Served as lead FCC counsel to Southern California’s two large public television stations, KCETLink Media Group and PBS SoCal, in their merger.
  • Providing federal regulatory counselling for major public broadcast stations, including Public Media Group of Southern California, KQED Inc., and North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Represented an ad hoc group of more than 30 term lenders to Cumulus Media, Inc, the second-largest owner of radio stations in the US, in Cumulus’s bankruptcy and restructuring, including the obtaining of FCC permission to hold a controlling 83.5% interest in the reorganized company and in an ongoing FCC proceeding to obtain permission for non-US parties to hold a greater than 25% interest in the reorganized company.

Cooley LLP

The team at Cooley LLP has an enviable track record representing commercial broadcasters and cable television networks, whilst also assisting clients on spectrum matters, equipment authorization and device regulation, and satellite issues. Led by regulated transaction specialist Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell, the team has successfully advised clients on complicated FCC regulatory and policy matters - structuring and negotiating complex transactions requiring FCC approval, and representing telecom and media companies in high-stakes FCC investigations. Basile leads a team that is advising Apollo Global Management on its Fund IX acquisitions of scores of local television stations. Key lawyers include senior counsel John Feore, who regularly assists major television, radio and media companies and their investors, and special counsel Jason Rademacher, who specializes in FCC enforcement defense work. Associate Henry Wendel  assists broadcast groups and investors on the purchase and sale of radio and television properties.

Practice head(s):

Michael Basile; Robert M. McDowell

Key clients

Cox Communications / Cox Media Group

T-Mobile

Apollo Global Management

Meredith Corporation

Gray Television

US Cellular Corporation

The E.W. Scripps Company

CBS Television Network Affiliates Association

Fox Affiliates Association

Iridium Communications

Microsoft Corporation

Blackstone Group

Work highlights

  • Advising AGM, one of the world’s largest alternative investment managers, on the regulatory aspects of Fund IX becoming one of the country’s largest owners of local television stations, rivalling Sinclair, Nexstar and Fox. A new company has signed deals valued in excess of $4 billion with a stable of more than 30 television and 60 radio stations.
  • Represented Meredith as M&A and regulatory counsel on the sale of the Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune magazine titles.
  • Advising Scripps Media on a number of material, strategic projects, such as advising the company on its participation in the FCC’s television spectrum auction and its long-term plan to substantially increase the company’s local television station footprint.
  • Serves as regulatory and public affairs counsel to T-Mobile US on its proposed merger with Sprint on an all-stock transaction.
  • Advises Iridium Communications, which operates the only communications network that covers the entire globe, on several key issues the company faces at the FCC.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP has experience advising both domestic and international telecommunications, media, and technology companies on matters in this space. Washington-based attorney Matthew DelNero, as well as Los Angeles duo Mitchell Kamin and Robyn Polashuk , are key contacts.

Jenner & Block LLP

The team at Jenner & Block LLP illustrates a 'breadth of telecom experience that covers wireless, cable, and satellite' matters, representing clients on a range of complex regulatory and litigation matters. The firm handles mergers and other transactions, broadband infrastructure, wireless, net neutrality, wireline, and VoIP issues. Praised by a client as 'the best FCC lawyer in DC', Samuel Feder, a former FCC general counsel who focuses on representing clients before federal regulatory bodies, chairs the group along with former FCC transaction counsel John Flynn. Broadband expert Rebekah Goodheart is a key practitioner, whose consensus proposals on issues ranging from disability access, universal service and competition policy are noted in this space. Other key names include former FCC general counsel Howard Symons, a federal regulatory expert, and of counsel Roger Sherman, who focuses on wireless regulatory strategies. Special counsel David Didion provides clients with compliance and policy advice, while Johanna Thomas has experience working with media and internet companies on regulatory matters before the FCC. All attorneys are based in Washington unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Feder; John Flynn

Testimonials

‘Sam Feder and Howard Symons are superb cable and telecommunications regulatory lawyers. Their judgement is stellar and they are extremely responsible.’ 

‘Incredible depth of experience, wicked smart attorneys with recent experience at FCC across administrations, breadth of telecom experience that covers wireless, cable, satellite, forward-thinking and creative, problem solvers.’

‘Sam Feder is the best FCC lawyer in DC, hands down. He knows all of the players inside the FCC and in private practice, they all respect him and listen to him, he knows the law and regulations and also the unwritten rules and practical issues. He applies all of that creatively to find solutions to the most complicated and vexing problems at the FCC.’

‘Roger Sherman and Sam Feder are standouts here. Roger is a former FCC Wireless Bureau Chief and Sam is a former FCC General Counsel. This team has an exceptional understanding of legal and policy issues facing wireless.’ 

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

Altice

Comcast Corporation

SoftBank

Ossia

T-Mobile USA

Century Link

Verizon

Cox Communications

CTIA

DRW

ACA

TEGNA Inc.

Sorenson Communications

NTCA

Windstream

Work highlights

  • Developed a strategy to help reform an FCC program based on the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides functionally equivalent phone service for consumers that are hard of hearing.
  • Represents Charter Communications Inc on the legal and regulatory aspects of its wireless strategy.
  • Created a strategy that gave the FCC a clear path forward on the Congress-mandated program Universal Service Fund, the goal of which is to make sure that consumers in rural areas have access to communications services comparable to service in urban areas.
  • Represents SoftBank in advocating for regulatory approval of Sprint-T-Mobile merger.
  • Represent Ossia, a pre-public company, in securing FCC permission to sell a technology that wirelessly powers mobile phones and other electronic devices without any physical contact.

Jones Day

The team at Jones Day assists clients in all areas of communications law, and is best known for its satellite sector specialization, representing global platform providers, particularly in complex transactions involving multi-agency antitrust reviews. In addition, it is well known for regulatory litigation involving the government, including challenges to decisions by the FCC. Brett Shumate joined the firm in 2019 from the Department of Justice, where he worked on regulatory litigation. Spectrum matters are primarily handled by Bruce Olcott, including securing domestic and international authorizations for the acquisition, construction, and operation of networks. Michael Hazzard is a go-to lawyer for robo-calling and cloud computing matters - he assists emerging and established companies with regulatory issues involving the use of data in technology products. Another key contact is Samir Jain, a former senior director for cyber security policy for the National Security Council. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

Donald F. McGahn II; Francoise S. Labrousse

Other key lawyers:

Brett Shumate; Bruce A. Olcott; Michael Hazzard; Samir Jain

Key clients

The Boeing Company

Twilio Inc.

CallFire, Inc.

Huawei Technologies

Teledyne Technologies

tyntec, Inc.

Preferred Long Distance, Inc.

Colt Technology Services

KVH Industries

NextNav LLC

Work highlights

  • Advises Twilio in multiple areas, including litigation involving the TCPA, trade classifications, acquisitions, transactions, and compliance with additional US federal regulations.
  • Serves as CallFire’s national litigation defense counsel in matters involving alleged violations of consumer protection laws, including but not limited to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and state privacy and consumer protection laws.
  • Serves as Aerialink’s legal and regulatory counsel in the United States and Canada, representing Aerialink before the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Assisting Teledyne in securing and maintaining the numerous federal regulatory approvals for the launch and operation of a hyperspectral earth sensing instrument, which has now been installed on the International Space Station, including compliance with licensing requirements with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Represents tyntec, Inc. before the FCC and assists in various product and consumer protection matters  related SMS text messaging and automated calling.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

The team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP demonstrates 'a tireless dedication' to its clients, advising them on regulatory matters, especially in audits, investigations, enforcements and appeals involving the the gamut of agencies including the  FCC, DOJ, Federal Trade Commission, and State Public Utilities Commissions. The practice is led by John Heitmann, whose client roster includes wireless service providers, cable companies, and international telecoms corporates. The firm is also the lead counsel for several communications sector industry associations. The 'outstanding' spectrum expert Chip Yorkgitis and Hank Kelly are highly regarded veterans in this space. Steve Augustino specializes in TCPA defense work, as well as Universal Service Fund contributions, while special counsel Denise Smith specializes in wireline, wireless and cross-border work. Telephone and broadband expert Tom Cohen, who regularly acts for trade associations in the fiber and cable industries, and experienced FCC attorney Joshua Guyan, are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

John Heitmann

Testimonials

John Heitmann truly seeks to understand the intricacies of the business so that the best option is put in place.’

The team has shown tireless dedication to our business and commitment beyond what other firms have ever shown us.’

The  team not only provide outstanding legal advice, but they constantly monitor proposed laws and regulations for impacts to our company’s interests.’

Chip Yorkgitis and Josh Guyan both provide outstanding work. I can count on them to always get the job done on time and within bChip Yorkgitis was able to translate complex engineering concepts and studies into the regulatory process. Elefante also enjoyed outstanding support from Chip’s team, including Joshua Guyan, Bradford Currier and others.’

Key clients

Verizon

ACA Connects

Fiber Broadband Association

Elefante Group

Sprint Corporation

Peerless Network

Telkom Indonesia

Mediacom

ZipWhip

National Lifeline Association

Work highlights

  • Helped Zipwhip defeat attempts by a competitor to impose FCC rules on the text-enablement of toll free numbers, helping to create an industry alternative arrangement with NetNumber instead.
  • Representing Aviation Spectrum Resources in its development and presentation of aviation industry positions before the FCC in three important areas involving Ligado Networks.
  • Represented Assist Wireless, Boomerang Wireless, Easy Wireless, and National Lifeline Association in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit of the FCC’s 2017 Lifeline Order which adopted rules eliminating the ability of “resellers” to participate in the Tribal Lifeline program and declaring those living in non-rural Tribal areas ineligible for the benefit.
  • Assisted AMG Technology Investment in obtaining the six eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) licenses from states, as well as some additional supporting licenses, within 180 days in order to provide voice and broadband services and receive the funding.
  • Supported Premiere Global Services, Inc. on the launch of a cloud-based product, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), providing legal and regulatory advice on contract arrangements with PGi’s vendors, privacy, 911 and other regulatory requirements and customer contract provisions.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

The Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. team has 'deep expertise in telecoms matters broadly, including spectrum management and general regulatory issues'. It specializes in assisting clients on emerging technologies, especially in the cable and wireless industries, and is praised for providing 'timely and professional documents for a wide variety of purposes, including regulatory filings with the FCC and other agencies'. The practice is led by Tara Corvo, whose 'consistent quality of advice, reliability and responsiveness' extends to mergers and acquisitions, unlicensed and licensed wireless technologies, unmanned aircraft, satellite, medical devices, and the Internet of Things. 'Highly responsive' spectrum expert Russell Fox is active on FCC-related matters and of counsel Laura Stefani focuses on emerging wireless technologies. Cable expert Seth Davidson and associate Alyssia Bryant, who serves as the lead associate on satellite and cable transactions for US and international entities, are key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Tara Corvo

Testimonials

‘Strong attorneys in all areas of media and technology practice; partners – including department head and senior partners – are available and responsive to client needs.’

‘I’ve generally enjoyed working with the attorneys in this group; practice group chair Tara Corvo stands out for her consistent quality of advice, reliability and responsiveness.’

‘Deep expertise in Telecom matters broadly, including spectrum management and general regulatory issues. Highly response and provides timely and professional documents for a wide variety of purposes, including regulatory filings with the FCC and other agencies and draft letters. Provides timely research that is presented in a suitable format for the required purpose. Work is done efficiently and timely with limited input or oversight.’

‘Russell Fox is highly responsive and has a strong team to provide support. He is knowledgeable on a wide variety of regulatory and spectrum issues and is able to provide quality material and filings very quickly and efficiently.

‘I would especially like to mention Seth Davidson, whose guidance and assistance with many legal and regulatory matters has been invaluable to me and to our company.’

Work highlights

  • Represented NCTA, the Internet and Television Association, in its years-long effort at the FCC to reform the manner in which cable broadband operators access and pay for the right to use the rights-of-way.
  • Advising CTIA on its efforts to secure Congressional legislation making it more difficult to use contraband phones in prison settings.
  • Assisted T-Mobile in participating in FCC proceedings that may provide a “safe harbor” for companies like T-Mobile to block robocalls on an “opt-out” basis.
  • Represents BDG Media in New York state court in its effort to demonstrate its full compliance with the laws governing accessibility of online video content.
  • Secured Host Nation Authorizations from regulators around the world for DRS – the defense contractor supporting the U.S. Army’s worldwide satellite communications network – which allowed the Army to setup permanent and temporary satellite ground networks in the Host Nation.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Noted for its 'second to none practice in terms of its breadth, depth and level of expertise and client service,' Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP represents international telecoms carriers, equipment manufacturers, and investors. It has a strong track record working with Chinese companies such as Huawei Technologies and China Telecom Americas, and also offers specialized advice on the regulation of foreign entities. The firm assists tech corporations on satellite, wireless tower infrastructure, and sub-sea cable project matters. Clients are represented in federal agencies such as the FCC, federal and state courts, the US Senate, and authorities in the US and overseas. In Washington DC, practice head Andrew Lipman, a veteran practitioner, has expertise in undersea cable work. Ulises Pin specializes in cross-border work and handles telecoms infrastructure work for household media and tech companies. The vastly experienced deputy practice head Catherine Wang focuses on spectrum and wireless issues, while Russell Blau specializes in telecoms litigation and regulatory policy. Satellite and wireless specialist Timothy Bransford and Ronald Del Sesto, noted for privacy and contract negotiation expertise, are other key team members.

Practice head(s):

Andrew D. Lipman; Catherine Wang

Testimonials

We have stayed with Catherine Wang and her team through several mergers due to their longstanding effectiveness and knowledge of our issues. They are first rate.’

‘A second to none practice in terms of its breadth, depth and level of expertise and client service. It provides uniquely business-centric regulatory and transactional advice, always helping to find solutions that advance the clients business interests.’

Stand-outs are Andy Lipman and Catherine Wang, but there’s plenty of depth among other partners and associates such as Ron DelSesto, Ulises Pin and Tim Bransford.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies Co LTD

China Telecom (Americas) Corporation

Facebook Inc.

EQT Fund Management S.a r.l.

Shure Incorporated

Deere & Company

Crown Castle International Corp

Cincinnati Bell

Zayo Group, LLC

Securus Technologies Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd before the FCC and in federal court to challenge proposed and enacted restrictions on the company’s ability to do business in the United States.
  • Serve as counsel to China Telecom Americas Inc. (ChinaTel) before the FCC, Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.
  • Represented Swedish investment firm EQT Funds in multiple multibillion-dollar acquisitions of US telecommunications and infrastructure businesses, including FCC and state regulatory approvals, as well as Team Telecom and CFIUS clearances.
  • Assisting Facebook with multiple global submarine cable and infrastructure projects, whose amounts are in excess of $600 million.
  • Assisting Hawaiki Cable, a New Zealand based telecommunications provider, in its building and operation of a new trans-Pacific submarine cable linking Australia and New Zealand to the continental United States and Hawaii, as well as to several South Pacific islands. Assisted Hawaiki in obtaining a submarine cable landing licenses from the FCC and continue to advise on clearing and complying with national security review from the Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense departments.

Paul Hastings LLP

Led by Sherrese Smith, a former chief counsel to the FCC Chairman, Paul Hastings LLP is noted for representing broadcasters and content-focused tech companies regarding emerging technologies. Other key areas of strength include spectrum auction, channel-sharing and national security issues. Associate Andrew Erber, who assists Smith on the most significant matters in this space, is experienced in the regulatory aspects of broadcast transactions. Cyber security expert Behnam Dayanim is another name to note. Smith and Dayanim continue to assist Cox Media with regulatory advice in developing new content and advertising channels as it expands into new content delivery areas. Former department head Eric Greenberg departed the firm for Perkins Coie LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Erber; Behnam Dayanim

Key clients

TEGNA

National Association of Broadcasters

Twenty-First Century Fox

ION Media

Univision Communications

Bank of America

Lebara Group

Cox Media

AT&T (BellSouth Telecommunications)

Novacap Technologies III, L.P

Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal Bank of Canada on the financing of new media entrant Standard Media in financing its acquisition of a TV station portfolio from Citadel Broadcasting.
  • Advised 21st Century Fox in a $1bn acquisition of television stations from Tribune Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group, and as a follow-up, is representing Disney on the intersection of the operations of the combined company and its relationship to spectrum deals for the same.
  • Represents the trade association for television broadcasters on various issues impacting the industry, including media ownership issues and strategic and policy issues arising from technological changes in the industry.  
  • Developed a deal structure in which ION Media will operate initially on a joint-venture basis and later acquire sole ownership of the JV operations, and advised the company on these deal structures and the impact that the FCC rules may have on these transactions.
  • Represented Novacap Technologies, a leading Canadian private equity fund, on FCC regulatory and Team Telecom national security matters in the acquisition of multiple fiber operators.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

The Washington DC team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is primarily known for communications-related litigation and 'thoughtful' strategic counselling in the cable and telecommunications industry, but also demonstrates expertise on regulatory issues in the satellite and commercial space industry. It represents clients disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative tribunals, and international arbitrations. Practice head, Brian Weimer handles the majority of state and local regulatory and litigation issues for Charter, while also acting as the primary outside FCC counsel to OneWeb. Telecoms litigation specialist Paul Werner, who has 'a measured, thoughtful approach' and 'comes exceptionally well-prepared for trial', has experience in large-scale domestic consumer protection matters, with a particular emphasis on privacy, as well as arbitration and international disputes. Dave Thomas focuses on wire and wireless networks and services, specifically on federal, state and local regulations surrounding broadband networks. Other key team members include cable specialist Ray Rutngamlug, and Drew Svor and Abraham Shanedling, both of whom are associates.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

Paul Werner; Dave Thomas; Drew Savor; Abraham Shanedling; Ray Rutngamlug

Testimonials

I have found the team’s analysis, and the approach to matters entrusted to them, to be superb. Not only is the legal analysis outstanding, the thoughtful, strategic approach to tackling issues and delivering results is, in my opinion, unparalleled.’

From a litigation perspective, Paul Werner has the ability to filter through issues and determine the approach most likely to lead to a positive outcome which he has achieved many times. He has a measured, thoughtful approach and comes exceptionally well-prepared for trial.’

Key clients

Charter Communications

OneWeb

KTSAT

Snap

Ness Technologies S.A.R.L.

Global Eagle Entertainment

Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Rakuten

Zayo Group

Rite Aid

CVS

Susan L. Uecker, Receiver

Comcast Communications

Cox Communications

California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

The Internet & Television Association

Telecommunications Association of Maine

SES Government Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advises OneWeb on FCC and international regulatory matters., with a particular emphasis on commercial agreements and transactional matters.
  • Advise Snap on media, entertainment content and production, advertising, privacy, communications law and regulatory issues., especially regarding net neutrality and privacy issues both domestically and around the world.
  • Represents Korea’s largest satellite company, KTSAT, in arbitral proceedings and federal litigation involving the ownership of a space satellite.
  • Advising Charter on a daily basis regarding its core cable operational issues, including issues related to FCC, state and local regulation.
  • Advising Charter on emerging issues and strategic opportunities arising under federal and state regulation affecting its operations, including federal (FCC) and state efforts to regulate net neutrality as it applies to both fixed and wireless broadband services.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The multi-disciplinary practice at Steptoe & Johnson LLP represents major corporations and organizations in the telecommunications, and media sectors, often engaging in high-profile, regulatory, litigation, and investigative proceedings before federal courts and agencies, and state tribunals. The firm has a track record assisting clients in FCC cases and appeals related to net neutrality. Having departed the firm to join Google, Markham Erickson was replaced as practice head with net neutrality and internet law expert Pantelis Michalopoulos. Antitrust and internet law specialist Jonathan Sallet also left the firm. Michalopoulos, alongside associate Georgios Leris, represented the online industry intervenors supporting the FCC in a milestone net neutrality case, and also acted for leading petitioners before the DC Circuit Court in challenging the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules. Of counsel Christopher Bjornson, who advocates for clients before both national and international regulatory bodies, is a key member of the team. Another name to note is Andrew Golodny, who specializes in assisting media, satellite and cable companies.

Practice head(s):

Pantelis Michalopoulos

Key clients

DISH Network LLP

Netflix, Inc.

ACA Connects

Coalition for Internet Openness

Etsy, Inc.

Expa, LLC

Kickstarter

British Telecom

Iota

Granite

Telecommunications, LLC

INCOMPAS

Liberman Broadcasting, Incorporated/Estrella TV

Mozilla Corporation

beIN Sports

Silberline

Inmarsat PLC

Work highlights

  • Assisting DISH in connection with the Sprint/T-Mobile merger, in a class action complaint brought in state court in Missouri. and in a highly publicized “net neutrality” case.
  • Represents Mozilla Corporation as the lead petitioner in challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
  • Assisting ACA Connects, the coalition of small cable operators across the country, in connection with the spectrum that client members now use to receive video programming and the $10 billion-plus transition to fiber.
  • Represented INCOMPAS in the proposed merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, in which econometrics analysis and legal analyses to the DOJ and FCC regarding the proposed condition were provided.
  • Netflix’s go-to regulatory counsel on matters core to the video streaming business, providing counsel on telecommunications regulations and proposed mergers in the telecommunications and media ecosystem. The firm also counselled Netflix on issues regarding the FCC’s Open Internet Order and advocated for them at the FCC, DOJ, White House, and other venues for policies that promote “over the top” video distribution models.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP represents a range of domestic and international clients, including cable operators, competitive local exchange carriers, internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, broadcast licensees, and industry trade associations. The team represents clients in adjudicatory proceedings before US regulatory authorities including the FCC. Michael Hurwitz has significant experience in FCC complaint and enforcement proceedings, while the highly regarded Daniel Alvarez is renowned for his broadband deployment expertise. Another key team member is cable specialist Jonathan Friedman, who assists clients on myriad regulatory reform issues.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Friedman; Michael Hurwitz

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Alvarez

Key clients

Comcast Corporation

NBCUniversal, LLC

CommScope Inc.

Manhattan Telecommunications Corporation d/b/a Metropolitan Telecommunications

INCOMPAS

Granite Telecommunications, LLC

NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Work highlights

  • Represent Comcast in the FCC’s proceeding to reclassify broadband Internet access service as a Title I information service and to adopt a new framework for ensuring open Internet protections.
  • Represent Comcast and NCTA in various FCC proceedings to eliminate or streamline outdated media regulations.
  • Defending multiple program carriage discrimination complaints on behalf of Comcast at the FCC. Most recently, beIN Sports brought three separate complaints in 2018 and 2019 against the company involving negotiations for a potential renewal of the beIN networks, and the FCC successively dismissed all three complaints on the pleadings.
  • Represented Granite, the largest reseller of telecommunications in the country, as well as MetTel in the FCC’s review of USTelecom’s Petition for Forbearance in which USTelecom sought the elimination of virtually all of the remaining local competition provisions adopted in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  • Advises NCTA on FCC and Congressional strategy and advocacy related to spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, 3.7-4.2 GHz C-Band, and 6 GHz band, as well as activities related to 911 location accuracy.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP combines advising a range of financial institutions in respect of corporate and leveraged financing in the communications arena with providing regulatory and litigation expertise.  More recently, it is also acting for clients in the tele-healthcare sector. From its Washington DC base, it provides regulatory assistance in relation to mergers, acquisitions and IPOs and on the contentious front, represents clients in numerous state courts. Practice head, Chérie Kiser, has extensive experience representing clients before the FCC, Congress, state legislatures, and State Attorney General offices and of counsel Angela Collins works with Kiser on many of the practice's most significant matters. Collins is noted for providing a blend of commercial and regulatory assistance to clients such as competitive local exchange carriers, VoIP service providers, wireless providers, and cable companies. Experienced litigator Matthew Conaty re-joined the firm in 2019 after some years with the US Agency for Global Media and the FCC.

Practice head(s):

Chérie Kiser

Other key lawyers:

Angela Collins; Matthew Conaty

Key clients

Cable One, Inc.

Lingo Communications, LLC

Tempo Telecom, LLC

BCHI Holdings, Inc.

Viraspex, PA

The Partnership For Artificial Intelligence, Telemedicine & Robotics in Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Represented Cable One, Inc. as regulatory counsel on numerous matters, including on its recent acquisition of Fidelity Communications’ data, video, and voice business and related assets for $525.9m.
  • Served as special communications regulatory counsel to Lingo Communications, LLC in connection with its recent acquisition of Impact Telecom to create a combined company with total pro forma annual revenue of approximately $175m including cost synergies.
  • Obtain and maintain eligible telecommunications carrier status in 22 states and at the Federal Communications Commission for Tempo Telecom, LLC.
  • Represent Viraspex, PA before the FCC concerning advice and filings in proceedings on the federal universal service fund, telemedicine, telehealth, connected care, and the federal rural health care fund.
  • Representing The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, Telemedicine & Robotics in Healthcare before the FCC concerning advice and filings in proceedings on the federal universal service fund, telemedicine, telehealth, connected care, and the federal rural health care fund.

Dentons

With a strong international practice, Dentons assists clients on a range of telecommunications and technology issues, including the development of product and service strategies, obtaining necessary licenses and tariff approvals, developing and implementing privacy and data security frameworks, guiding clients through disputes, and representing clients before regulatory authorities at the federal, state and local level. It also represents service providers and developers who are not subject to traditional utility regulation, providing them with strategic regulatory counselling. Headed by the experienced, Washington DC-based Todd Daubert, whose 'insight' has been 'a driving force in high net worth negotiations', the team represents a diverse client base, including mobile communications networks, telecoms providers and transportation companies. A key team member is managing associate Lauren Wilson, a former FCC legal adviser who has experience in matters involving robocalls, universal service funding, and broadband infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Wilson

Testimonials

The Dentons team is uniquely qualified to serve a fast-paced telecommunications industry and apprised of all the latest technological innovations in this space. The Dentons team is a true team player, listening to key details of telecommunication negotiations and allowing the client to either drive the process with Dentons support or be the driving force. It is this adaptability and flexibility, along with keen attention to detail, that makes Dentons a remarkable asset.’

Todd Daubert is absolutely amazing. His insight and advisory has been a driving force in high net worth negotiations and has made a complex process appear simple.’

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Pure IP Limited

North American Portability Management LLC

Southern Company and affiliates

NextNav LLC

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.

Roku

Netfortris Holdings LLC

JMA Wireless

Work highlights

  • Represented NAPM LLC in the process to transition services from Neustar to iconectiv on time and without error by negotiating the privacy and data security provisions of the agreement with iconectiv and securing the FCC’s approval for the agreement, which included guiding our client through multiple challenges to the process and the draft agreement.
  • Provided key strategic and regulatory advice to Pure IP, which has facilitated successful market entry in the United States and across several jurisdictions across the globe, and we have represented Pure IP in various negotiations with major clients over regulatory compliance and commercial terms.
  • Advises Southern Company on compliance with the FCC’s and FTC’s Do-Not-Call rules with respect to various projects.
  • Representing T-Mobile in FCC proceedings regarding the reform of interconnection agreements – harmonizing learnings about efficient and consumer-centric traffic management from the Inteliquent agreement and other services agreement with proposed policy reforms.
  • Advises Avis Budget Group on a worldwide basis with respect to various technology and communications issues, including, for example, deploying WiFi services in certain rental cars, including structuring the offering, negotiating the underlying agreements with the car manufacturers and interconnectivity providers, creating terms of use and integrating the product into the app.

Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.

The team at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C. specializes in trial and appellate litigation for major telecoms clients. Managing partner Michael Kellogg has considerable experience in regulatory, antitrust and appellate issues, while civil litigation specialist Joshua Branson is noted for his experience in representing clients before the FCC. Wireline, broadcast and wireless litigation expert Evan Leo acts for market-leading providers such as Verizon, while appellate specialist Scott Angstreich is also highly regarded. Another key individual at the firm is former FCC general counsel Sean Lev.

Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC

Boutique firm Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, LLC handles a range of work in this space, but is primarily known for representing household names in the wireless and cable space. It also has experience advising private equity houses and satellite companies. Managing partner Gregory Lawler, a former White House policy adviser and telecoms expert, is a key figure at the firm and an industry veteran. The highly experienced Richard Metzger, the head of the telecoms team who focuses on regulatory and antitrust issues, has significant expertise in wireline competition matter. Other key lawyers include Gina Keeney, a veteran practitioner with significant FCC experience, and Emily Daniels, an FCC advocacy specialist.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Lawler; Richard Metzger

Other key lawyers:

Gina Keeney; Emily Daniels

Mayer Brown

The team at Mayer Brown is active on both regulatory transactions and litigation matters, representing major telecoms companies and large trade associations, with particular expertise in satellite and wireless matters. Key areas of strength include transfers of control of FCC licenses,  addressing foreign ownership issues, outsourcing and procurement, joint ventures,  and acquisitions. The practice also handles arbitrations and litigation arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, disputes with competing carriers, and antitrust litigation. It acts for clients before the FCC, state and federal courts, and the Supreme Court. Based in Washington DC, Practice co-head Howard Waltzman focuses on privacy issues, and also advises wireless trade association CTIA on regulatory matters, particularly those relating to spectrum policy, wireless infrastructure and cyber security. Co-practice head  Angela Giancarlo, has deep expertise in the satellite, wireless, broadband and digital media spaces, as well as representing clients before international regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Angela Giancarlo; Howard Waltzman

Key clients

General Motors

tyntec, Inc.; tyntec Group, Ltd.

CTIA-The Wireless Association

AT&T

P2P Alliance

Verizon

USTELECOM

GCI, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising General Motors on spectrum-related policies, including use of the 5.9 GHz band for collision avoidance systems in autonomous vehicles.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP represents a variety of clients that are regulated by the FCC, including radio and television broadcasters, satellite providers, cable television stations, corporations that offer VoIP, and 4G and 5G broadband services. The team is jointly led from the Washington DC office by the vastly experienced Scott Flick and IP expert Glenn Richards and is  particularly active advising some of the largest broadcasters and television distributors on the regulatory aspects of signal carriage and program licensing. It also has a track record in assisting investors entering the telecoms sector. Broadcast expert Miles Mason handles both transactional and  regulatory matters and Jeffrey Grill provides corporate expertise.

Practice head(s):

Glenn S. Richards; Scott R. Flick

Other key lawyers:

Miles Mason; Jeffrey Grill

Key clients

Standard General L.P.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Standard Media LLC

ONE Media, LLC

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B.

University of Missouri

Voice on the Net Coalition

Vaughan Media

NCIC

32 Technologies

Work highlights

  • Represented Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., through its newly formed indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Diamond Sports Group, LLC, as finance, securities and FCC regulatory counsel, in its acquisition from The Walt Disney Company of its interests in 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports, which were acquired by Disney in its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
  • Representing GTCR as regulatory counsel in the sale of its portfolio company GreatCall, a leading provider of communications and connected health technology, to Best Buy Co., Inc. for approximately $800m.
  • Involved with the launch of Standard Media Group LLC, a broadcast station acquisition vehicle designed to leverage the burgeoning consolidation in the TV industry to grow this new company into one of the largest TV broadcast groups. Structured and created the entity to overcome regulatory challenges in acquiring TV station groups and companies.
  • Representing NASBA, which is the umbrella organization of all 50 state broadcasters associations, in a variety of policy and rulemaking proceedings before Congress, the FCC, and other federal agencies, including successfully obtaining regulatory relief for NASBA’s members regarding the FCC’s ongoing proceedings to modernize its regulations applicable to electronic media.
  • Representing 32 Technologies, LLC as regulatory counsel to obtain rarely granted waiver of the Federal Communications Commission’s rules in connection with the launch of a new consumer product.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' practice is particularly active on telecoms matters in the public sector for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and also offers FCC counsel to international wireless clients, with experience performing license and regulatory reviews. The firm, 'well-versed in relevant precedent', is also developing its litigation capabilities in this space, particularly surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Data privacy and cyber-security for communications clients are other areas of growth. 'Very experienced' practice head Robert Kelly has a strong track record in the intelligent vehicles industry, while Eduardo Guzmán focuses on regulatory and dispute resolution work in Latin America. Other key names at the practice include wireless spectrum expert Mark Dever, 'talented mediator' and alternative dispute resolution expert Joseph Markoski, and Robert Stup, who focuses on regulatory compliance, particularly concerning the Universal Service Fund and various spectrum issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Eduardo Guzmán; Mark Denver; Joseph Markoski; Robert Stup

Testimonials

This team is very experienced and well-versed in relevant precedent. They are very responsive to our needs and provide information we require in a timely manner.’

Bob Kelly is very experienced with regards to telecom law and is very thorough, as is Rob Stupp. Joe Markowski is a talented mediator.’

 

Work highlights

  • Advises the 800 MHz Transition Administrator,  which oversees the US Federal Communication Commission’s 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration program, on the management of the legal processes associated with band reconfiguration, the financial reconciliation and audit of program expenditures, and coordination of program compliance with the FCC.
  • Advising Puerto Rico Telephone Company on the regulatory and legal implications of its strategy to repair its network and deploy new generation telecommunications services in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
  • Acts as FCC Counsel to Northstar Wireless LLC in its efforts to complete the acquisition of 345 licenses for which it was the winning bidder at the FCC with an aggregate net bid of US$6 billion.
  • Represents ITS America before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce and other authorities regarding the implementation of intelligent transportation systems and services (ITS), including Vehicle-to-everything communications technologies and autonomous vehicles.
  • Advised Securus Technologies, Inc. in connection with obtaining federal and multiple state telecom regulatory approvals for a US$300m transaction in which Securus was to acquire control of Inmate Calling Solutions d/b/a ICSolutions.

Telecommunications Law Professionals

Jointly led by founding partner Carl Northrop and managing partner Michael Lazarus, boutique firm Telecommunications Law Professionals acts as the communications regulatory specialist for several international law firms that do not have telecoms expertise. Other clients include multinationals, industry associations, regional broadband service providers, and new technology companies. The firm is also known for its representation of smaller market players in bet-the-company situations. Mergers and acquisitions, equipment and infrastructure contracts, financing transactions, regulatory counseling, FCC licensing and litigation are some of it key strengths. Of counsel and undersea cable and satellite industries expert Helen Disenhaus, wireless specialist Jessica Gyllstrom, and Dennis Corbett, who focuses on broadband matters, are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lazarus; Carl Northrop

Key clients

GCI Communication Corp./The Alaska Wireless Network, LLC

Go Long Wireless LLC

American Tower Corporation

Northwest Broadcasting

ATN International/ Commnet

Cellular South, Inc. d/b/a C Spire

West Telecom

Services, LLC

Competitive Carriers Association

Optivon, Inc.

Spotlight Media Corporation

Skyriver Spectrum & Technology LLC

Starry, Inc.

Ramar Communications

M/C Venture Partners

PR Wireless, LLC

Americom

Shentel

Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation

American Messaging Services 2

Select Spectrum LLC <

Brown Rudnick LLP

OpenDoor Labs, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represents GCI Communication Corp as federal regulatory counsel for the extensive wireless operations of the company and negotiates and secures high-value telecommunications asset deals on behalf of the company.
  • Provides regulatory and strategic advice to Go Long Wireless on its communications operations and assets.
  • Provides a broad array of federal regulatory matters before both the FCC and the Federal Aviation Administration  for American Tower Corporation.
  • Represents Northwest on a wide variety of FCC regulatory issues, including day-to-day matters, and advising the company on various aspects of its pending merger with Terrier Media Buyer, a large complex transaction that also involves assets of the CoxMedia Group and participation on the Terrier side by Apollo Global Management.
  • Advises C Spire on federal regulatory issues, and most notably, over the past year, represented C Spire before the FCC concerning the Sprint/T-Mobile merger transaction.