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Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

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Global Regulatory




Ari Fitzgerald provides strategic, legal, and policy advice on a wide range of communications and spectrum policy issues to some of the world’s largest and most dynamic communications network operators and equipment manufacturers, as well as a diverse assortment of industry trade associations and investors. He especially enjoys helping automobile manufacturers, medical device suppliers, consumer electronics device makers, and other technology companies bring new and innovative communications-related products and services to market.

Ari had a distinguished career in government before joining Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) as a partner in 2001. He was a legal advisor to former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Bill Kennard, as well as deputy chief of the FCC’s International Bureau. He also served as a legal advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he advised the White House, executive branch agencies, and the U.S. attorney general on constitutional and federal statutory interpretation matters.

Ari started his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. district judge, and worked for several years after his judicial clerkship as legal counsel to former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Ari worked as a financial analyst in the corporate finance department of the global investment bank First Boston Corporation before entering law school.

Today, Ari serves on the board of directors of Crown Castle International, a large, publicly owned operator of towers and other communications infrastructure, and on the advisory board of several private technology companies and policy advocacy organizations. He also serves on the board of several nonprofit entities, including as vice president of the Yale Law School Alumni Executive Committee, secretary of the Multicultural Media and Telecommunications Council, president of the Duke Ellington Fund, and as an advisory board member of Catholic Charities Legal Network.


English, Spanish


Board of Directors, Crown Castle International
President, Duke Ellington Fund
Vice President, Yale Law School Alumni Executive Committee
Federal Communications Bar Association
Advisory Committee, Mobile Future
Advisory Committee, Spectrum Bridge


J.D., Yale Law School, 1990
Henry Luce Scholar, 1985
A.B., Harvard College, magna cum laude, 1984

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

A ‘go-to‘ firm in Washington DC for domestic and international regulatory matters, Hogan Lovells US LLP hosts dedicated industry groups, offering clients a multidisciplinary approach where their sector overlaps with telecoms and broadcast. Companies may further rely on the firm’s deeply ingrained litigation team which in a recent highlight represented SNR Wireless against the FCC concerning a denial of auction bidding credits valued at $1.3bn. Head of the communications, internet, and media practice Ari Fitzgerald is a distinguished expert on regulatory matters pertaining to communications and spectrum management but especially in the wireless sector. Co-leading the practice with Fitzgerald, Mark Brennan is a specialist in the intersection of telecoms and technology, heading the firm’s global technology and telecoms industry sector group. Their team includes Michele Farquhar, a prominent figure in the industry who guides her clients through policy, license, and compliance matters, spectrum auctions, M&A and litigation. Trey Hanbury advises key telecoms players such as T-Mobile and DISH Network on strategic matters. Up-and-coming specialists such as counsel Arpan Sura handle high-impact internet related matters before the FCC. Additionally recommended is associate George John for his expertise in the space and satellite sectors. With Gerry Oberst‘s arrival from in-house telecoms positions, the firm welcomes a former colleague and specialist in satellite, broadcast, and technology back into its Washington DC office. Tony Lin has departed the practice.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions

With a dedicated telecoms transactions team closely supported by the firm’s regulatory practice, Hogan Lovells US LLP handles key mandates both on the domestic and foreign level, with Washington DC leading all operations. Based in Northern Virginia and offering extensive multi-jurisdictional experience, Randy Segal co-heads the space & satellite practice and advises companies on transactions involving innovative technologies. In the past year, she has led the team in advising Columbia Capital and its portfolio companies in their dealings with FCC spectrum auctions, development of 3D GPS communications systems, and global hybrid satellite-terrestrial networks. Back in Washington DC Steven Kaufman co-heads the space & satellite practice together with Segal, advising clients on joint ventures, financings, and M&A. Head of the firm’s global technology and telecoms industry sector group Mark Brennan is an expert on international telecoms and internet law, counselling clients such as Advance Publications on cutting-edge issues on the intersection of telecoms and technology. The firm’s communications, internet, and media practice is lead by Ari Fitzgerald , a regulatory powerhouse who advises communications network operators, manufacturers, industry associations, and investors on communications and spectrum policy matters and strategy. Counsel Arpan Sura is active in relation to spectrum policy proceedings and advises on the intersection of consumer protection and telecoms. They welcome senior counsel Gerry Oberst back to the Washington DC office, a seasoned advisor on issues pertaining to satellite, broadcast, and technology issues. Tony Lin has departed.