What the team is known for Strong practice that offers a range of legal advice covering both litigation and transactional matters. Also well known for its regulatory expertise, particularly in relation to the FCC. Assists clients on spectrum, internet privacy, wireless technology and satellite issues.
Strengths "Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis has an excellent team. Every single lawyer with whom we have worked has been intelligent, creative and very responsive. We have been impressed by their ability to collaborate with each other, resulting in even better and more strategic advice."
Another client remarks: "Their depth and breadth of knowledge really meets and often surpasses our needs. They have a familiarity with complex regulatory issues that other firms do not."
Work highlights Advised Northstar Wireless in a pending action against the FCC regarding small-business bidding credits, worth a total of $3 billion, for the Commission's wireless spectrum auction.
Represented Comcast in a number of wireless internet regulatory matters before the FCC.
Significant clients Google, Microsoft, Broadcom, Facebook, DISH.
Head of the firm's communications practice John Nakahata is well regarded for his deep understanding of common carrier regulatory issues. Clients say: "John is extremely well respected in the industry and at the FCC. His knowledge of how to navigate the FCC process is invaluable. He is highly ethical and understands our business. He is a brilliant lawyer and has excellent command of the details."
Paul Margie is best known for his expertise in spectrum issues and telecommunications regulation. He acts on behalf of both wireless and wireline service providers. Clients know him as "one of the top spectrum lawyers in the US; he is very highly regarded by the FCC and that is extremely valuable," and they say: "He has a lot of credibility with regulators and rightly so."
Managing partner William Wiltshire is best known for his work in the satellite industry but his practice also focuses on media and technology matters. He advises businesses on their regulatory requirements relating to FCC rulings. Clients describe him as "creative, responsive and very knowledgeable" and they appreciate his "sound legal advice."
Founding partner and "creative genius" Scott Blake Harris returned to the firm in 2014 having served as General Counsel of the Department of Energy. He specializes in communications, technology and energy law. He now represents broadband and content delivery network providers before the FCC. Clients value his pragmatic and strategic approach and "cannot praise him enough."
Former General Counsel of the FCC Christopher Wright is known as an appellate and communications lawyer. In both guises he represents major telecommunications players and wireless companies. He is "phenomenal at appellate law," according to one interviewee.