Michael Senkowski > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing; telecom; Media, Sport and Entertainment

Position

Partner; Co-Chair, Global Telecom Practice

Career

For more than 30 years, Mike has represented both startup entrepreneurs and industry leaders in telephony, wireless, international, and Internet issues. He has handled hundreds of telecommunications transactions, ranging from small deals to five of the largest telecom mergers in history. He has engaged in virtually all aspects of telephony issues resulting from the Telecommunications Act of 1996. 

Mike is highly experienced in spectrum allocation and wireless policy issues for both service providers and manufacturers. He is experienced in the full range of advocacy venues important to telecom decision making. Businesses turn to him when they are facing investigations of compliance forfeiture proceedings.

Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School; B.A., Yale University

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Michael SenkowskiDLA 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

(Leading lawyers)

Michael SenkowskiDLA 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.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

DLA Piper LLP (US) has extensive experience in handling, among other areas, cloud computing, data, fintech, artificial intelligence, and blockchain matters for prominent software, IT, telecoms, entertainment, retail and consumer goods corporates. The team has been especially busy advising on high-profile M&A-related transactions, intellectual property matters and outsourcing agreements. Washington DC-based Nancy Victory and Michael Senkowski provide ongoing assistance to a prominent mobile telecommunication company concerning a proposed merger between the client and another US telecoms entity. The practice group is jointly headed by Silicon Valley-based Victoria Lee, Gregory Manter in San Diego, and Los Angeles-based Vincent Sanchez. Other key partners include Tzung-Bor Wei in Silicon Valley and Palo Alto-based Jeffrey Aronson.