Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory in United States

DLA Piper LLP (US)

With expertise across wireless, wireline, satellite and broadband, DLA Piper LLP (US) is the port of call for big names such as T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom and Motorola. The group has extensive experience in spectrum allocations, media ownerships issues and regulatory approval for transactions. The firm’s international network places it in a solid position to handle global satellite matters, including obtaining satellite authorizations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Additionally, the team advises not-for-profits such as The Wireless Association on the deployment of 5G, and also advised the National Urban League on its aim of providing greater access to broadband for minority communities. Nancy Victory jointly leads the practice and focuses on both regulatory and transactional matters, particularly on wireless, satellite and cable issues. Fellow practice head Michael Senkowski is adept in wireless policy and spectrum allocation, and has cleared some of the biggest transactions in the industry. Also recommended are spectrum auctions specialist Eric DeSilva, wireless expert Edward Smith, and Tony Lin, who joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Victory; Michael Senkowski

Other key lawyers:

Eric DeSilva; Edward Smith; Tony Lin

Testimonials

‘Very in-depth legal and technical understanding of telecommunication rules; impressive knowledge about FCC proceedings and how to best handle filings; very responsive and very nice people to work with.’

‘Nancy Victory/Michael Senkowski: one of the best regulatory counsel I ever worked with; unprecedented knowledge of the telecommunication industry, always striving for creative solutions to fulfill goals of client’

‘We utilize multiple DLA Piper offices around the world for a variety of commercial and regulatory matters. We have always found them to be knowledgeable, responsive, and a pleasure to deal.’

‘Expertise, cordial, recollection of key contexts and backgrounds to make decisions.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

T-Mobile US, Inc.

WorldVu

OneWeb

Globalstar, Inc.

CTIA—The Wireless Association No6 Motorola Solutions, Inc.

TracFone Wireless, Inc.

National Urban League

Local Media San Diego Acquisition, LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile as lead regulatory counsel in the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Advised CTIA on identifying and making available new spectrum bands for wireless services, including 5G technology.
  • Advised the National Urban League on the development of a ground-breaking agenda to ensure access and adoption of broadband for all Americans.

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

The team at Washington DC-based Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is jointly led by John Nakahata and Scott Blake Harris. Nakahata is well versed in telecoms, cable and internet regulations and notably adept in common carrier matters, while Blake Harris stands out for his previous experience as general counsel at the US Department of Energy and as former co-chair of the broadband subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council. Other key figures include name parter Mark Grannis who has expertise in regulatory advocacy, litigation and ADR; Stephanie Weiner, who focuses on broadband competition and deployment; Kristine Devine, a name to note for transactional clearance; and founding partner William Wiltshire, who also has a very strong reputation for major transactions clearance. Also recommended is former general counsel for the FCC Chris Wright, who is particularly experienced in appellate matters.

Practice head(s):

Scott Blake Harris

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grannis; William Wiltshire; Chris Wright; Stephanie Weiner; Kristine Devine

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has maintained its market-leading reputation in high-stakes litigation, industry-shaping deals, and first-of-their-kind regulatory issues. Of particular note over the review period, the team assisted GE Healthcare with an emergency FCC waiver that effectively helped the client through the Covid 19 crisis. Co-chair Ari Fitzgerald is a widely respected name in the market; he is a former legal adviser to an FCC chairman. Also leading the team is Michele Farquhar, a former chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau who focuses on licensing, spectrum auctions and general compliance. Trey Hanbury is another key figure and a notable specialist in relation to technology policy, especially in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Also recommended in the team are Tony Lin and Mark Brennan.

Practice head(s):

Ari Fitzgerald; Michele Farquhar

Other key lawyers:

Trey Hanbury; Mark Brennan; Tony Lin

Testimonials

‘The team works exceptionally well together, has unique insights and cohesion. Their connection to the regulatory decision-makers is second to none.’

‘Trey Hanbury is a key member of the team on all things wireless. He has the ability to think like an investor, operator and regulator. His insights are critical to any phase of a deal (from initial investment to exit). He is highly regarded by the FCC and NTIA.’

Tony Lin has been a standout in helping us work through issues related to satellite communications. He has a great mix of technical and regulatory skills and is exceptionally creative.

‘The team at Hogan Lovells is incredibly competent, responsive, and effective. They understand the specific nuances of our industry and are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Tony Lin and George John are the absolute best – we’ve worked with them for years and recommend them to any satellite company looking for outside counsel.’

Key clients

Columbia Capital

T-Mobile

GE

Vodafone

CBS

Spotify

HC2, Inc.

Sprint

ABC

CNN

Lockheed Martin

Daimler/Mercedes-Benz

SNR Wireless

KBR, Inc.

Dell

MSD Capital

Facebook

21st Century Fox

Honeywell

Airbus

ABL Space

S15 Space Systems

Akash

Planet Labs

Orbit Fab, Inc.

Loft Orbital Solutions, Inc.

Space Logistics, LLC

BeamTrail

Firefly Aerospace

Hunter Communications

Momentus Inc.

General Atomics

Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Advance / Newhouse Communications

HawkEye 360

Astroscale

The Aerospace Corporation

Barings LLC

NextNav

SES

Gogo

Omnispace

Melody Investment Advisers

Bell Canada

PTC 220

Aireon

HB Spectrum

LB Spectrum

TerraPact

Dun & Bradstreet

Speedcast

Asian Development Bank

MEAG

CTIA – The Wireless Association

The Walt Disney Company

ACA International

Navient

LiveVox

United Healthcare

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management

TCN

Work highlights

  • Advised T-Mobile US Inc. on the regulatory approvals of its $146bn merger with Sprint Corp.
  • Secure a major victory for GE Healthcare solving a critical supply chain issue caused by the Covid-19 pandemic by obtaining a first of its kind waiver of the FCC’s radio-frequency equipment requirements, which allows a wide range of GE medical devices to be marketed, operated, and imported without receiving an FCC equipment authorization.
  • Serving as lead counsel to ACA International in several high-profile proceedings spanning the FCC, FTC, CFPB, and Congress.

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP is particularly well placed to handle regulatory matters thanks to the private practice and in-house experience of a number of team members, who formerly worked at the FCC. The team is led by former general counsel of the FCC Samuel Feder and John Flynn, a former senior counsel of transactions for the FCC. Other former FCC counsel include Roger Sherman, who served as the agency's wireless bureau chief, and Jessica Goodheart, who also previously held a position in the antitrust division of the Department of Justice. This unique depth has enabled the team to advise across all aspects communications including wireless and spectrum strategies, antitrust issues, broadband data, and net neutrality, among other issues.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Feder; John Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Goodheart; Roger Sherman

Testimonials

‘Jenner & Block’s Communications, Internet, and Technology regulatory practice is an industry-leader because of their analytical abilities, creativity, depth, and FCC experience. The Partners in the group have extensive expertise in all areas of the telecommunications regulatory practice and we view them as trusted members of our internal teams. Jenner & Block is particularly strong in solving complex problems and helping us translate our business goals into regulatory strategies.’

‘Rebekah Goodheart: Rebekah is an expert in all things wireline and has extensive knowledge about the FCC’s Universal Service programs. We rely on her to translate complex processes and rules for our business, and her expertise has been essential to the success of many of our important projects over the last year.’

‘Luke Platzer: We rely on Luke for his deep thinking, technical knowledge, organizational skills, and project management abilities. There is no project that is too complex or detailed for Luke, and he is able to expertly manage multiple projects at once.’

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

Altice USA, Inc.

Elliott Management Corporation

SoftBank Group Corporation

Ossia Inc.

T-Mobile USA

Neustar, Inc.

Windstream Communications

Cox Communications

CTIA

DRW

ACA

TEGNA Inc.

NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

Facebook, Inc.

NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Charter Communications, Inc. on legal and regulatory aspects of its wireless strategy.
  • Served as lead FCC counsel for SoftBank in securing regulatory approvals for the Sprint/T-Mobile merger, a transaction valued at approximately $37bn.
  • Advising Facebook on the legal and regulatory aspects of its unlicensed spectrum strategy.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is a leading firm in the cable TV segment, as illustrate by its involvement as lead counsel and lead advocate for the cable industry in proceedings before the FCC and the courts concerning open Internet or net neutrality rules. The team is also highly skilled in the broadcasting space, and counts NBC Universal and Netflix among its key clients. Practice head Matthew Brill has extensive experience in state and federal regulatory matters, and has recently handled highlight work for Comcast and Charter Communications. Matthew Murchison is another key figure and has been busy challenging net neutrality rules both in California and in Vermont.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brill

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Murchison

Testimonials

‘Premium litigators and regulatory advocates on the biggest communications issues of the day.’

‘Matt Brill simply knows his stuff and how to distill even the most complex arguments.’

‘Practical advise with high degree of knowledge and experience.’

‘Joe Wetzel – experienced and knowledgeable. Sy Dahmle – former GC of copyright office. Very knowledgeable about copyright office regulations and procedure.’

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

Comcast Corporation

Cox Communications

Disney Enterprises

Facebook

Frontier Communications

LICT Corporation

National Association of Broadcasters

NBC Universal

NCTA — the Internet and Television Association

Netflix

Tata Communications

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Windstream Communications

Wiley Rein LLP

Telecoms is a foundational practice area of Wiley Rein LLP which is routinely engaged by giants in the sector, such as Verizon and T-Mobile. In addition to traditional telecoms players, the team has also advised market disruptors such as Amazon and Virgin Galactic. A key figure in the practice group is Ambassador David Gross, who jointly leads the team. Gross is deeply entrenched in the sector, and serves as chair of the Internet Governance Coalition, a formal network of global telecoms companies including Verizon, Facebook, Comcast and Disney, among many others. Joint practice lead Kathleen Kirby is also a highly respected name in broadcasting and telecoms, particularly in relation to clearing transactions before the FCC. Also recommended are Claire Evans, who is experienced in appellate work and proceedings before the FCC; Jennifer Hindin, who specializes in space and satellite-related issues; and Anna Gomez, a name to note for matters relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

Practice head(s):

David Gross; Kathleen Kirby

Other key lawyers:

Claire Evans; Jennifer Hindin; Anna Gomez

Testimonials

‘The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) is a non-profit organization that works closely with many people in the Wiley Rein LLP firm. They have always been extremely supportive, professional, motivated, reliable, and exceptional leaders. Their commitment and support stands out above most other firms.’

‘The following have all served in volunteer leadership positions over the years for either the FCBA or its charitable arm, the FCBA Foundation. Each has contributed to the success of these organizations, which would not be what they are today without their guidance and dedication. The commitment as individuals and as a firm is like no other. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the following for their support and leadership. Dick Wiley, David Gross, Anna Gomez, Josh Turner, Kathleen Kirby, Kathleen Scott, Edgar Class, Katy Milner, Scott Delacourt, Megan Brown. The list could go on and on.’

Key clients

AT&T

CTIA-The Wireless Association

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

Intelsat

Motorola Solutions

Nokia

Satellite Industry Association (SIA)

T-Mobile

Verizon Communications

Virgin Galactic

Work highlights

  • Attained FCC approval for Amazon’s Kuiper project, which marks Amazon’s entry into the satellite field.
  • Continues to serve as national outside counsel for Verizon Communications on efforts that are essential to Verizon’s effort to provide ubiquitous and affordable broadband and 5G service.

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP is active across the telecoms, broadcasting, cable, broadband, and satellite industries, and maintains an enviable client roster including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Managing partner and former chief of staff at the FCC Bryan Tramont co-chairs the team and has extensive expertise in spectrum management and clearing transactions. Fellow practice chair Christine Crowe has a similar focus on spectrum issues and transactions, and is also recommended for tower siting and infrastructure deployments. Another key lawyers with previous FCC experience is Jennifer Tatel, who served as division chief in the agency's Media Bureau. Other names to note include Adam Krinsky, who specializes in spectrum and wireless technology, and Ken Satten, who takes the lead on broadcasting work.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Tramont; Christine Crowe

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Tatel; Adam Krinsky; Ken Satten

Testimonials

‘David O’Connor is very knowledgeable and very responsive.’

‘Best all-around communications firm in D.C.’

‘Natalie Roisman is one of our best relationship partners. Bryan Tramont knows what’s going on at the FCC before they even happen. Russ Hanser lives and breaths telecom law. Chuck Keller is our go-to lawyer on all things universal service.’

‘We find that WBK’s telecom and media teams are excessively responsive, proactive and extremely well respected within the industry. They are experts, recognized as such by regulators and industry peers, who simplify and ease the practice of law in these areas.’

‘David Oxenford is recognized within his industry as an expert and a voice of reason. He has influence and balances client interests with what is right for the industry and all participants. He is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.’

‘WBK is a boutique law firm concentrating on communications law. It has unique depth of experience and expertise in this area and can be relied upon to be in front of all current developments in this practice area.’

‘Anne Swanson provides excellent advice and service. She is a true expert in communications law. She is extremely responsive to client needs, can be relied upon to meet even very tight deadlines and is persistent in working to achieve optimum results for her clients.’

Key clients

Inmarsat Global Limited

Hubbard Broadcasting

Iridium

CTIA – The Wireless Association

Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation dba Viya

CTIA

T-Mobile

WIA

ExteNet

Connoisseur

Broadcast regulatory clients

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

USTelecom

Garmin

Comcast Corporation

Cox Enterprises, Inc. and its subsidiaries Cox Communications, Inc., Cox Media Group, LLC, and Cox Automotive Inc. (collectively, “Cox”).

5G Automotive Association (5GAA)

Verizon

Verizon / TracFone

Work highlights

  • Acting for Verizon in multiple proceedings to free up new spectrum bands for 5G services.
  • Assisted TerreStar Corporation with the reinstatement of its 64 commercial wireless licenses in the 1.4 GHz band and with getting a conditional waiver of the substantial service obligations imposed on those licenses.
  • Continued to assist USTelecom, the preeminent trade association for “incumbent” telecommunications providers (i.e., those that provided local service on a monopoly basis before 1996) with efforts before the FCC to eliminate regulations that had been applied to such providers since Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is a trusted firm for telecoms giant AT&T, which seeks out the team for both transactional advice and FFC regulatory matters. In addition to acting for traditional telecoms companies, the team is also engaged by private equity companies, public broadcasters and more niche companies in e-learning and advertising. Areas of particular strength for the tam include spectrum policy, First Amendment issues, emerging technology and antitrust. Maureen Jeffreys oversees the practice, with expertise in both litigation and regulatory matters, covering the wireline and wireless segments as well as traditional and new media. Peter Schildkraut is very focused on transactions and bankruptcy work, and also advises on spectrum issues and open internet use. Also recommended is Scott Feira, who is an expert in merger reviews, licensing and transfer proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Jeffreys

Other key lawyers:

Peter Schildkraut; Scott Feira

Key clients

AT&T Inc.

Crowley Technologies

Digital Promise Global

Greater Washington Education Telecommunication Association, Inc. (WETA)

Intellicom Inc.

KCETLink

KQED Inc.

North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.

Warner Bros.

Work highlights

  • Represented AT&T and its subsidiaries in various communications and regulatory matters.
  • Provide federal regulatory counseling for major public broadcast stations across the country.
  • Assisting a private equity company with monitoring and advising on the federal regulatory issues relating to spectrum licenses and the L-band spectrum for investment purposes.

Cooley LLP

Cooley LLP’s client base includes traditional players such as T-Mobile and CBS, as well as emerging tech companies and investors. Former commissioner of the FCC Robert McDowell co-chairs the practice and recently assisted Microsoft with its request to use unused TV channels for wireless broadband connectivity. He leads the team alongside Michael Basile, who has been advising Apollo Capital Management and Scripps on their acquisitions of telecoms infrastructure. Other key contacts in the team include Travis LeBlanc, who focuses on cybersecurity and data privacy; satellite expert JG Harrington; and John Feore, who has extensive experience in TV broadcasting matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert McDowell; Michael Basile

Other key lawyers:

Travis LeBlanc; JG Harrington; John Feore

Testimonials

‘One of the few remaining FCC regulatory practices, with a key focus on problem solving and not creating problems.’

‘Michael Basile is calm, cool, collected and full of knowledge and advice. He understands that the law is the starting point, and corporate politics and industry relations may drive answers.’

Jason Rademacher provides real-world efficient advice. No beating around the bush.’

Dentons

Former engineer Todd Daubert leads the team at Dentons and has been kept busy of late advising on the deployment of 5G, big data, licensing and tariff approvals. Also of note is the firm’s sizable international network, which places it in a strong position to handle cross-border issues, most notably assisting Pure IP on telecoms agreements across Europe and Asia. Daubert is supported by managing associate and former FCC legal adviser Lauren Wilson, who is particularly strong in data privacy and security-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Todd Daubert

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Wilson 

Key clients

T-Mobile US, Inc.

Pincay RE and STADCO LLC (LASED)

North American Portability Management (“NAPM”) LLC

JP Morgan Chase

Pure IP Limited

T-Mobile USA

Southern Company and affiliates

Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Pincay RE and STADCO LLC on the telecoms aspects of a  new NFL stadium in Inglewood, California.
  • Advised T-Mobile on several different matters, including on 5G deployment and network integration.
  • Advised Pure IP on its market entry into countries in Asia and Europe.

Jones Day

Jones Day has a very strong focus on communications work, and is highly regarded for advising on the regulatory issues relating to wireline, network, spectrum and satellite services. Bruce Olcott is experienced in regulatory and transactional issues, with broad expertise spanning wireline and wireless technology. Michael Hazzard is another key figure in the team and is recommended for issues arising from data usage by technology products. Cybersecurity is another strength of the practice, and an area in which Samir Jain is the name to note. Jain previously worked as senior director for cybersecurity policy for the National Security Council at The White House.

Practice head(s):

Donald McGahn II; Francoise Labrousse

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Olcott; Michael Hazzard; Samir Jain

Key clients

Verizon Communications

Twilio Inc.

CallFire, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Intelsat ad hoc Creditors Committee

Preferred Long Distance, Inc.

Colt Technology Services

KVH Industries

NextNav LLC

Teledyne Technologies

Republican National Committee

National Republican Senatorial Committee

Five9 Inc.

Global VSAT Forum

Spanish Broadcasting Corporation

Oncor Electric

FirstEnergy

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Surecall

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of The Boeing Company to develop a consensus position within the Satellite Industry Association regarding the growing problem of orbital debris in space and the industry’s opposition to a draft regulatory order proposed by the FCC.
  • Assisting Intelsat’s largest group of unsecured debt holders with ensuring that Intelsat emerges from bankruptcy as a stronger more financially secure entity, in part through the rapid completion of an FCC-mandated clearing of the lower portion of the C-band satellite spectrum in order to receive billions-of-dollars in FCC-directed accelerated relocation payments.
  • Advising KVH on its provision of satellite communications services on a global basis to support the maritime industry by helping to draft and negotiate its contractual arrangements with major suppliers, distributors and customers, and in ensuring KVH’s compliance with customer privacy and data security requirements in major countries.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has carved a niche in advising on issues concerning the Universal Service Fund, particularly in relation to the Lifeline program, a FCC initiative designed to subsidize low-income earners, and the Connect America Fund, which focuses on rural broadband. The team is also highly skilled in handling investigations and enforcement matters before the FCC and DOJ, including issues such as carrier compliance, alleged fraud and payment contributions. Another area of strength is in matters relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The practice group is led from Washington DC by John Heitmann, a wireless expert and co-chair of the FCBA’s privacy and data security committee. Also in DC, Steve Augustino is a key name for investigations work and is an expert in wireline, VoIP and wireless issues; Tom Cohen has recently been active in broadband issues, having advised various associations on both federal and state regulations; and Chip Yorkgitis focuses spectrum allocation and management. Also recommended is Chicago-based Hank Kelly, who focuses on matters at the intersection of telecoms and energy laws.

Practice head(s):

John Heitmann

Other key lawyers:

Tom Cohen; Chip Yorkgitis; Hank Kelly; Steve Augustino

Testimonials

‘Our primary attorney is John Heitmann and our years of experience working him as always been positive and he represents himself with the utmost professionalism. He provides such expertise in the subject matter and his support team in on the ball. His thoroughness, dedication to his clients and his outstanding legal expertise are a perfect complement to his availability and genuine concern for the Lifeline program. His highly-respected within the ETC community.’

‘My team and the rest of the Lifeline industry have worked with John Heitmann and Josh Guyan for many years and highly value their ability to coordinate the regulatory and lobbying efforts of our industry. We could not ask for more informed, more efficient, more effective representation. In our fight against an often difficult FCC, John is our Lone Ranger and Josh, his Tonto. Low-income America is a safer, more connected place because of their vigilance and skill.’

‘The considerable depth of John and Josh’s regulatory knowledge is matched by their business acumen and political acuity. They effectively guide us on which issues warrant our limited time and attention and have driven results that have saved our industry from extinction multiple times over the past eight years. We’d not be in business if it were not for their leadership.’

‘The team at Kelley Drye & Warren really go to great lengths to help us make educated, informed decisions about our business. They make sure we’re aware of all our options and the benefits and risks associated with each one. Then once a decision is made, they walk through each step of execution with us to ensure that we’re comfortable and compliant.’

‘Our Kelley Drye & Warren partners really care about our business and want to see us succeed. John Heitmann and Josh Guyan seek to understand the details and processes of our industry and our business so that they can advise us at a macro level. Despite their busy schedules, they make themselves available to us for questions or advice as often as needed. They’re incredibly knowledgeable and don’t hesitate to dig into the really difficult topics to fight for change.’

‘Kelley Drye is our ”go to” firm for any complicated telecommunications issues such as FCC rulemaking.’

‘I cannot praise Chip Yorkgitis enough. He has deep expertise of telecom law, never misses a deadline, and has very fair billing practices.’

Key clients

Verizon

ACA Connects (f/k/a America’s Communications Association)

Fiber Broadband Association

Infineon

Q Link Wireless

Peerless Network

Telkom Indonesia

Mediacom

Zipwhip

National Lifeline Association

Sprint Communications

TouchTone Communications, Inc.

Cyan Security, LLC

Five9

United TelePacific, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Lifeline Association and its advocacy for reforms and regulatory action necessary to ensure the viability of bridging the digital divide facing low-income Americans.
  • Advised Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc. – and, indirectly, the AFC members – in its development and presentation of aviation industry positions before the FCC in the Ligado and C-Band proceedings.
  • Advising Transaction Network Services Inc. on the FCC’s robocall proceedings and drafted comments asking the FCC to permit blocking of calls and implementation of the “SHAKEN/STIR” call authentication system to combat robocalls.

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

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. places a strong emphasis on new technology including unmanned aircraft, telemedicine and Internet-of-things. The team is also highly skilled in advising on infrastructure developments, most recently involving the deployment of 5G and development of rural broadband access. Practice head Tara Corvo acts as regulatory counsel to NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, and has extensive experience in advising cable, broadband, and content providers on regulatory and legislative matters. Russell Fox is an important name for the firm’s work on wireless issues, particularly in relation to spectrum auctions and policies. Cybersecurity and privacy is another hallmark of the practice, with Christopher Harvie a key name within this space.

Practice head(s):

Tara Corvo

Other key lawyers:

Russell Fox; Christopher Harvie

Testimonials

‘The team always gives practical, straightforward advice. Mintz is great about breaking down the legalese and providing advice that is actionable and easily understood by attorneys and business people alike.’

‘Scott Rader and Tara Corvo are assets to any organization. They are responsive, have extensive industry knowledge and are never intimidated by a large project.’

Willingness to work within the company’s culture.

Commitment to seeing a project through.

‘What makes both Chris Harvie and Seth Davidson standout is their depth of knowledge and understanding of the business and law, their dedication, and their responsiveness to the needs of the in-house counsel as informed by the business leads.’

‘The telecommunications team at Mintz is an indispensable partner in our business. Whether it’s a minor administrative matter or something complex, they’re available to sort it out and deal with it efficiently – and they treat it all with the same seriousness and level of attention. It allows me to focus on my business at hand and not have to look over their shoulder or worry about whether their tasks are being dealt with.’

‘Always available, always diligent and always with unique insight to offer into our matters, Scott Thompson is one of, if not the, best telecom attorney out there. I’ve been working with him for over 10 years and he is always my first choice to recommend as counsel for tricky, difficult matters. His expertise is unparalleled and I trust his advice implicitly.’

‘Very responsive, pragmatic, good sense of what is helpful to the business, professional and smart.’

‘Tara Corvo is my primary contact – Very responsive, pragmatic, good sense of what is helpful to the business, professional and smart.’

‘The team that I work with at Mintz is experienced in the issues that impact me and my company. What makes them unique is that they understand not only the specifics of the law and regulations but also the nuances that enter into compliance considering more than just the black and white for compliance. ’

‘Tara Corvo is richly experienced. She has ability to cut right to the core of problems and can draw on that experience in many ways to serve our needs. Seth Davidson also can draw from his experience to help us understand how it is that the law and regulation applies to us and prepare us to preclude issues before they might become problems. His understanding of copyright law, for example, is very valuable to us. Ari Moskovitz rounds out the team I have worked with. Diligence and attention to detail are his critically important attribute. ’

‘The Mintz legal team has tremendous depth of knowledge about the telecommunications industry. They have worked in the industry for many years and bring their experience to bear on the issues that affect our company. Each member has a unique background in telecommunications and when an unusual issue arises, there is always someone at the firm who has unique knowledge in the area and can lend his or her expertise to the matter at hand.’

Key clients

A&E Networks

Altice USA

AMC Networks Inc.

AST&Science

Atlantic Broadband

Bustle Digital Group

Charter Communications, Inc.

Comcast Corporation

Conterra Networks

Cox Communications

Cox Media

Crown Castle

CTIA – The Wireless Association

Discovery Communications, Inc.

DRS Technical Services, Inc.

Entergy Services, Inc.

Everstream Solutions

ExteNet Systems, Inc.

FIF Airebeam LLC

Grain Management, LLC

GuRu Wireless, Inc.

Horizon Towers

IMC Chicago

Inmarsat Government

Jeffries & Company

Kymeta Corporation

Maritel, Inc.

MEASAT Communication Systems

MediaCom Communications Corporation

MSG Networks

Music Choice

NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

NfinityLink Communications, Inc

Ooma

Powersouth Energy Cooperative

Radwin Ltd.

SBA Communications

SES World Skies U.S. Government

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Skyway Towers, LLC

Starz

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.

The Boeing Company

T-Mobile,

Work highlights

  • Brought a program carriage complaint against AT&T to force them to comply with this carriage agreements law.
  • Advised the Wireless Infrastructure Association in challenging FCC orders designed to promote the deployment of broadband and 5G.
  • Advising AST&Science on pursuing cellular network carriers to offer to their customers access to satellite broadband connectivity using their current smartphones.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a solid reputation for representing Chinese clients, and most notably defended Huawei against certain security threat accusations. The team has also been assisting China Telecom (Americas) with its expansion into the US, including navigating the sensitivities surrounding Chineses investment. Practice head Andrew Lipman led the work for both Huawei and China Telecom (Americas) and also acts for US telecoms companies, investment firms and social media companies. Fellow practice head Catherine Wang is also a seasoned adviser in this space, with experience handling regulatory approvals before state, federal and international bodies. Ulises Pin is another respected name, noted for his experience of submarine cable systems.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lipman; Catherine Wang

Testimonials

‘The firm is extremely responsive and professional. The level of telecom and federal court law is exceptional.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable and have tremendous amount of experience with telecom regulation.’

‘Strong blend of US domestic and international regulatory experience, particularly in the infrastructure, satellite, and hardware areas.’

Key clients

Crown Castle International

Uniti Group

Huawei Technologies

EQT AB

Hawaiki Submarine Cable

Securus

China Telecom Americas

Zayo Group

Cincinnati Bell

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Advised US private equity firm Digital Colony Partners and Swedish infrastructure investment fund EQT AB in the $14.3bn purchase of Zayo Group Holdings Inc.
  • Representing the Chinese global technology manufacturer Huawei Technologies in its efforts to defend itself against US policies targeting sales by Huawei that are deemed to pose a national security threat to the integrity of US communications networks or the communications supply chain.
  • Acting US regulatory counsel to China Telecom (Americas) Corporation, the largest international subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited, itself the largest broadband operator in the world and the largest CDMA mobile operator in the world.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP is a highly respected name in the broadcasting industry, as illustrated by its client roster which includes Walt Disney and the National Association of Broadcasters. This reputation is largely owed to practice head and DC based Sherrese Smith, who is a former chief counsel to the FCC chairman. Smith’s recent workload has included matters relating to media ownership, cloud services, and over-the-top streaming services. In addition to broadcasters, Smith has also acted for major investors such as Bank of America and Royal Bank of Canada with respect to regulatory clearance of major financing and M&A transactions. The team also features the Atlanta-based associate Andrew Erber, who is an expert in data and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Sherrese Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Erber

Key clients

National Association of Broadcasters

Walt Disney Company

Fox Corporation

Royal Bank of Canada

Walmart

Bank of America

EchoStar Corporation

Cox Enterprises

TEGNA

Work highlights

  • Representing the National Association of Broadcasters in various cutting-edge issues impacting the industry including media ownership issues and first-of-its-kind strategic and policy issues arising from cutting-edge technological changes in the industry.
  • Represent Cox Communication before the FCC in connection with the Commission’s proposed auction of the 3.7-4.0 GHz spectrum band (known as the “C-band”) for future 5G technologies and the repack of existing earth station operations into the 4.0-4.2 GHz portion of this band.
  • Represented Walmart in FCC regulatory issues (including closed captioning and CVAA compliance) in connection with the sale of its video streaming platform, Vudu, to Fandango, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP stands out in both litigation and regulatory counseling, and has a strong emphasis on the satellite and space communications segments. Cross-border work is another focus for the team, which has experience covering regulatory issues across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Practice Brian Weimer is a key name for regulatory work, and counts Charter Communications as a key client. He works alongside Dave Thomas, who is an expert in broadband regulations at state, federal and local levels. Another name to note is Ray Rutngamlug, who focuses on commercial agreements for cable service providers. Litigation work is primarily led by Paul Werner, who has acted before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. Associates Drew Svor and Abraham Shanedling are promising names at the junior level.

Practice head(s):

Brian Weimer

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The team shows a valuable dedication and commitment to the client and its business. They get to know your business from both the operational and strategic perspectives which allows the firm to provide insights and creative options beyond the basic stellar legal advice rendered.’

‘Brian Weimer and Drew Svor in the Washington DC office have shown an investment in the company that rivals some of our most dedicated employees. They give practical, timely and thorough advice that works for the business and is always aimed at improving and maximizing opportunities for the company.’

Key clients

SES S.A.

OneWeb

Charter Communications

Ness Technologies S.A.R.L.

Snap

Astra Capital Management

Piper Networks

Rakuten

Susan L. Uecker, Receiver

Comcast Communications

Cox Communications

California Cable & Telecommunications Association

Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association

LCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Telecommunications Association of Maine

Vero Fiber Networks

Work highlights

  • Serve as lead FCC regulatory and litigation counsel to SES with respect to the ultra-high stakes C-band transition.
  • Secured a favorable resolution of high-profile litigation in the New York Supreme Court raising novel issues of first impression for Ness Technologies.
  • Acted as primary regulatory counsel on FCC and international regulatory matters to OneWeb.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's recent work has been reflective of several industry trends, including the deployment of 5G, net neutrality and First Amendment issues. It has also played a role in one of the market's most significant regulatory challenges, having advised DISH Network on its antitrust-related opposition to the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. That matter was led by Pantelis Michalopoulos, who has broad experience across the telecoms, wireless and satellite industries. Also recommended in the team are of counsels Andrew Gologny, who has experience in antitrust matters as well as in licensing and compliance in the telecoms and media sectors, and Christopher Bjornson, who handles matters across the areas of wireless, satellite, video programming and Internet.

Practice head(s):

Pantelis Michalopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Gologny; Christopher Bjornson 

Testimonials

‘Expertise in statutory copyright licenses and the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 is pretty rare, so it’s great to find experts in this field.’

‘Pantelis Michalopoulos stands out for his expertise in telecom law affecting satellite distributors.’

‘Steptoe has been advising our company since its founding, and are among our most trusted advisors. They possess a very unique knowledge in the specialized regulatory areas in which we practice. This unique knowledge makes them an irreplaceable partner in certain strategic discussions and in structuring our business and responding to regulatory issues.’

‘Pantelis Michalopoulos and his team have deep and valuable knowledge in the FCC, telecommunications and satellite regulatory space. They are constantly and readily available and provide outstanding customer service. They know how to apply their unique knowledge to provide us with valuable strategic insight that is simply not available anywhere else.’

Key clients

DISH Network

Mozilla

beIN Sports

INCOMPAS

Etsy, Inc. Coalition for Internet Openness

Inmarsat

ACA Connects—America’s Communications Association

Capstone

Vimeo

SmartSky Networks

MeetingOne

Claro SA

Crisis Text Line

Work highlights

  • Helped DISH Network achieve a victory across courts and agencies in relation to the Sprint/T-Mobile merger.
  • Advised Mozilla Corporation on challenging the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
  • Represented ACA Connects in its plan to transition the transport of video to fiber to make way for 5G use of the electromagnetic frequencies.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has a diverse offering which includes advising on rule making and adjudicatory proceedings, regulatory compliance and obtaining approval for transactions. Practice co-chair Jonathan Friedman has a solid client roster of cable operators, video programmers, and equipment manufacturers. Fellow practice head Michael Hurwitz focuses on net neutrality, online video, and media ownership issues. Daniel Alvarez has also been active in the areas of net neutrality and open internet, though he also stands out for his work in cybersecurity and privacy matters, generally.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Friedman; Michael Hurwitz

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Alvarez

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and knowledgeable, both with respect to the law as well as FCC practice. Efficient and responsive to the client.’

Key clients

Comcast Corporation (including NBCUniversal)

CommScope Inc.

NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Granite Telecommunications, LLC

ForgeLight, LLC

INCOMPAS

Work highlights

  • Advised Comcast on 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.
  • Advised Comcast and NCTA on various FCC proceedings to eliminate or streamline outdated media regulations.
  • Advised Comcast on various regulatory and legislative initiatives related to encouraging the deployment of broadband infrastructure.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is well versed in regulatory counseling and litigation. Practice head Chérie Kiser is based in Washington DC and covers the full range of telecoms-related work at both a federal and state levels. Her recent workload has involved assisting clients with the deployment of rural broadband and the urgent need for telemedicine during the Covid-19 pandemic. Also recommended is counsel Angela Collins, who has particular expertise in advising local exchange carries and VoIP service providers.

Practice head(s):

Chérie Kiser

Other key lawyers:

Angela Collins

Key clients

Cable One, Inc.

Tempo Telecom LLC

Zito Media

Lingo Management, LLC

GG Telecom

Work highlights

  • Represented Cable One, Inc. as regulatory counsel in its recent acquisition of Fidelity Communications’ data, video, and voice business and related assets located in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
  • Represented Cable One, Inc. in the regulatory aspects of its recent transactions with three communications service providers: Valu-Net LLC, Wisper ISP, LLC, and AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC.
  • Represented the underwriters in connection with the regulatory aspects of a public offering by T-Mobile US, Inc. of its common stock resulting in gross proceeds of approximately $16bn.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP has a track record in advising on telecoms, broadcasting, broadband and wireless issues. Key contacts in the team include Washington DC-based Matthew DelNero, who is a former senior official with the FCC, and Robyn Polashuk in Los Angeles, who focuses on TV licensing and distribution work.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With an impressive client roster including telecoms giants the likes of AT&T and Comcast, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is fully capable of advising on a full range of regulatory issues such as media ownership rules, net neutrality and antitrust. Practice head Helgi Walker has extensive experience in public and administrative law, and appellate attorney Miguel Estrada is another key figure in the service group.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has been most active in the area of emerging technologies, including P2P messaging services, telemedicine and autonomous vehicles. Former FCC official Angela Giancarlo co-heads the practice group and has advised General Motors on spectrum policy as it relates to autonomous vehicles. She has also been assisting GCI with its engagements with healthcare providers to modernize services and records. Fellow practice head Howard Waltzman is advising the P2P Alliance, a coalition of P2P messaging service providers, on issues relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Both partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Angela Giancarlo; Howard Waltzman

Key clients

General Motors

CTIA-The Wireless Association

GCI Communication Corp.

tyntec, Inc.; tyntec Group, Ltd.

USTELECOM

P2P Alliance

AT&T

Work highlights

  • Drafted and filed an FCC petition related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) on behalf of a coalition of providers and users of P2P text messaging services.
  • Provide advocacy on spectrum-related policies, including use of of the 5.9 GHz band for collision avoidance systems in autonomous vehicles.
  • Provided strategic counsel on a wide range of new and emerging federal legislative, regulatory and public policy issues that impact the industry.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has a longstanding history in traditional broadcasting and telecoms, with a client roster consisting of TV and radio stations and satellite providers. The team is also highly skilled in newer technologies such as VoIP, over-the-top services, and 5G networking. Glenn Richards co-chairs the team and has been particularly active in matters relating to internet-of-things and cloud technology. Fellow practice head Scott Flicker is highly skilled in broadcasting transactions, specifically those involving mergers between TV groups.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Richards; Scott Flick

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice unique is their commitment to not only understanding our business but also to understanding the technology that drives the business. Our technology is unique and cannot fit into cookie cutter legal moulds. I also appreciate the depth of the team; the timely delivery of important FCC updates, and their availability on a moment’s notice.’

‘Glenn Richards is the lead partner and our go-to regardless of the issue. Glenn seems to be available 24X7 and has shown real interest in the success of our company. He has introduced junior associate (Simone Wood) and senior associate (Jessica Nyman) who both provide excellent support on a variety of complex issues. In particular, they have supported FCC filings we have made (many on very tight deadlines). Glenn always directs us to the best lawyers inside Pillsbury to match the legal issue and our somewhat unusual company profile.’

‘Deep, nuanced and critical understanding of communications regulatory ecosystem.’

‘Clear understanding of detailed FCC rules; internalizes the broad vision and client goals; and extraordinarily responsive.’

Key clients

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B.

Standard Media Group LLC

Standard General L.P.

ONE Media, LLC

University of Missouri

Live Sports Radio, Inc.

Mercury Capital Partners

Shield Media LLC

WFMJ Television, Inc.

Voice on the Net Coalition

Vaughan Media

NCIC Inmate Communications

32 Technologies

VDL, Inc d/b/a Global Telecom Brokers

Tamer Media

MediaCo Holdings Inc.

National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations

Community News Media LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Grupo Televisa in a complex transaction involving Televisa’s interest in Univision Communications and the sale by Univision’s existing private equity shareholders of all other interests in Univision to Forgelight LLC and Searchlight Capital Partners, LP.
  • 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 previously acquired by Disney in its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
  • Represented Standard General in its successful negotiations with Emmis Communications to create a new jointly owned and publicly traded entity, MediaCo Holdings, which acquired Emmis’s top-rated radio stations in New York, with Standard General acquiring the controlling interest in MediaCo.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a highly experienced regulatory team which has carved a particular niche in advising on telecoms and communications issues involving Puerto Rico. Washington DC-based Mark Dever leads the practice and has strong expertise in spectrum auctions and licensing work. Other key figures in the team include Robert Kelly, who serves as lead counsel to clients including 800 MHz Transition Administrator LLC, and Eduardo Guzmán, who has experience of matters across Latin America and is a key name for the firm’s Puerto Rico-facing work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dever

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kelly; Eduardo Guzmán 

Key clients

Relocation Payment Clearinghouse LLC

800 MHz Transition Administrator, LLC

Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

Securus Technologies, LLC (f/k/a Securus Technologies, Inc.)

Northstar Wireless, LLC

Puerto Rico Telephone Company d/b/a Claro (a subsidiary of América Móvil)

Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc. d/b/a Claro

Telecommunications Law Professionals

A telecoms-focused boutique firm, Telecommunications Law Professionals has a highly experienced team which represents national and regional telecoms operators, as well as major financiers, law firms looking for regulatory assistance and major technology companies branching into telecoms. Firm founder and managing partner Carl Northrop has extensive experience in both regulatory matters and dispute resolution. Fellow founder Michael Lazarus is another key name and has advised clients before the FCC and state regulators. Also recommended are Dennis Corbett, who focuses on wireless infrastructure and new technology, and Gregg Skall, a new arrival from Womble Bond Dickinson. Jessica Gyllstrom is another standout member in the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lazarus; Carl Northrop

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Gyllstrom; Dennis Corbett; Gregg Skall

Testimonials

‘Great client relations, attentive and proactive.’

‘Mike Lazarus is particularly attentive and client-focused.’

‘Highly experienced and well versed in all areas of expertise. Interactions with the FCC are never questioned.’

‘The team manages the clock to which we are billed very efficiently to help manage our costs.’

‘Dennis Corbett is the gold standard for doing things right and he’s highly accurate and knowledgeable. He takes professionalism to the highest level I’ve ever experienced in my 35 years.’

‘TLP is a boutique law firm that punches above their weight in terms of size and the work product generated. TLP is excellent at timely client correspondence, research, and creative project management.’

‘I primarily work with Jessica Gyllstrom, Member of the firm. Jess and I have worked together for several years (including in my current position and past employment) and I am always impressed by her timeliness when answering client correspondence and her attention to detail. Jess has a positive, can-do attitude and works well under tight timeframes. She’s also skilled at providing pointed, thorough answers to complicated telecommunications questions. I have also frequently worked with Michael Lazarus, Managing Member. Like Jess, Mike is adept at outlining thoughtful and creative answers to complicated questions or projects under expedited timeframes. Mike is also a consistently optimistic individual to collaborate with – I have very much enjoyed the projects that Mike and Jess have been a part of in the past.’

Key clients

AST & Science

GCI Communication Corp./The Alaska Wireless Network

Pine Telephone Company

Cox Media Group

Skyriver Spectrum and Technology LLC

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

American Tower Corporation

Competitive Carriers Association d/b/a CCA

ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio

Go Long Wireless LLC

Intrado Communications, LLC

Starry, Inc.

California Broadcasters Association & Missouri Broadcasters Association

Uniden America Corp.

Media-Com, Inc.