Edward Smith > 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

Intellectual Property and Technology; Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing; Telecom; Technology; Media, Sport and Entertainment

Position

Partner

Career

Edward “Smitty” Smith is a well-known and highly respected former FCC official.

He focuses his practice on telecommunications matters and advises clients on the full range of issues in the wireless and satellite sectors, including spectrum policy, auctions, regulatory actions, equipment approvals, rulemakings and enforcement.

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., Brown University

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Edward SmithDLA 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.