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

Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing

Position

Associate

Career

Dana Zelman joined DLA Piper after five years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with time in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) and the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB).

In PSHSB, Dana worked on a variety of public safety communications issues, with a particular focus on 911 regulations (including E911 location accuracy; wireless resiliency; texting to 911; and Next Generation 911 governance and network security. She organized workshops on the use of smartphone applications in 911 service and on the security of next generation public safety communications networks, and served as liaison to the Cybersecurity Working Group of the Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture. Dana also worked on issues surrounding the security and use of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for emergency communications; implementation of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and related cyber risk management assurances; identity, credential, and access management (ICAM); and security of 5G networks and the Internet of Things.

In WCB, Dana served as Legal Advisor to Bureau Chief on matters related to telecommunications access policy and regulation and administration of the Universal Service Fund, including Connect America Fund, and other rural and tribal broadband deployment issues; Lifeline program; E-rate program; Rural Health Care program; and other USF-related issues.

Languages

Spanish

Education

J.D., University of Georgia; B.A., University of Georgia; A.B.J., University of Georgia

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Rising stars)

Dana ZelmanDLA 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

(Rising stars)

Dana ZelmanDLA Piper LLP (US)

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.