Eric DeSilva > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
500 EIGHTH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20004
United States
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Work Department

Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing; Intellectual Property and Technology; Telecom

Position

Partner

Career

Eric focuses his practice on wireless telecommunications issues and regulations with extensive knowledge of wireless policy and spectrum auctions.

He counsels wireless companies on various contractual regulatory issues spanning licensing, leasing, management, operational, and resale, and advises clients on relationship structuring with minimal network regulatory requirements.

Eric represents clients on transactional issues related to FCC licensees, including structuring domestic and non-US investments, compliance with wireless attribution and control rules, and securing FCC approvals for acquisitions and transfers of control of authorizations.

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law School; B.S., University of Maryland

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading lawyers)

Eric DeSilvaDLA 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.

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

DLA Piper LLP (US) has ‘decades of experience handing complex and politically charged mergers‘, specifically large telecoms mergers. This work includes the firm’s role as counsel to T-Mobile on its precedent-setting merger with Sprint, including the divestiture of Sprint’s prepaid business to DISH. Key clients include major satellite operators, media conglomerates and internet-based companies ranging from the likes of Amazon to small tech start-ups. Joint group head Michael Senkowski, a former Chief of Staff of the FCC, has extensive experience in spectrum allocation and wireless policy. Co-head Nancy Victory assists clients in areas of new technologies and services, including connected car matters. Victory and Senkowski stand out ‘as smart leaders who leverage decades of experience on behalf of clients‘. Eric DeSilva focuses on wireless matters, including 5G and Private LTE. Edward Smith ‘combines legal talent’ and a ‘persuasive personality‘, and is a go-to lawyer within the group for wireless and satellite matters, namely mergers, acquisitions, and spectrum policy. Associates Dana Zelman and Peter Shroyer also come highly recommended. John Beahn departed to join Shearman & Sterling LLP. Lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.