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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

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 ‘exceptional‘ Trey 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.

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

The interdisciplinary team at Hogan Lovells US LLP advises its impressive client roster on a range of transactions, especially M&A, spectrum auctions, and joint ventures that are complex and high-value. It has particular expertise in new technologies, such as unmanned aircraft systems, Internet of Things, and healthtech. The firm’s satellite practice is co-headed by Northern Virginia-based Randy Segal and DC-based Steven Kaufman, both of whom are ‘brilliant individual lawyers’ that ‘bring an extra dimension to legal and commercial advice.’ Fellow practice group leader Michele Farquhar, based in DC, is noted for her expertise in the telecoms sector, owing in part to her extensive experience working at the FCC and the Department of Commerce. Trey Hanbury  has more than 20 years’ experience in spectrum policy and is one of the leading voices for wireless and competition policy in Washington, D.C. A former legal advisor to an FCC Chairman, Ari Fitzgerald advises on a wide range of communications and spectrum policy issues, and New York-based M&A specialist Alexander Johnson is another key contact. Senior associates Sean Spivey and Arpan Sura are also highly regarded.