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Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite — District of Columbia

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What the team is known for Strong team with experience advising major telecommunications and media companies on the full range of complex regulatory and transactional matters. Also known for its high-caliber litigation work.  

Strengths "The services we receive from the Covington & Burling team are top-notch. They are very responsive to our needs, offer positions that are well reasoned with the necessary legal underpinnings, and are proactive in bringing matters to our attention."

Another client describes the team's lawyers as "good communicators." 

Work highlights Advised 21st Century Fox on a number of FCC issues, including spectrum auctions and cable programming distribution. 

Acted for CBS Broadcasting in FCC policy proceedings regarding retransmission consent and cable programming distribution.

Notable practitioners  

Mace Rosenstein advises clients on federal communications law and regulatory matters. He has three decades of experience working for high-profile broadcasters. Market sources regard him as a "really sharp guy who knows the politics of the FCC and how to get things done on a practical level."

Yaron Dori advises on a broad array of regulatory issues, including policy development and compliance. "His knowledge of communications law is excellent," remarks one client, "and beyond just knowing the law, Yaron has an exceptional feel for the forces and personalities driving the FFC's decisions. The guidance he provides on advocacy matters is invaluable."

Cochair of the firm's communications and media practice group Jennifer Johnson is recognized for her advocacy on behalf of media outlets. Observers note that she has "deep knowledge of the area, and is very effective with clients and policymakers." Alongside her regulatory expertise, she also represents broadcasters in managing their assets. 

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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.

Notable practitioners  

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.

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What the team is known for High-quality team known for its strength on both regulatory and transactional work. Its full-service offering includes the ability to advise on cutting-edge areas such as drone-related regulatory issues. Acts on behalf of a number of key players in the telecommunications and automobile industries. 

Strengths The firm is praised by one client for its "depth of knowledge regarding FCC organization structure and FCC rulemaking processes."

Another client adds: "Since I started with the firm I have not had to go to any other lawyers. They offer fantastic analysis and evaluation of assets and where we fit in. Reading the letter of the law is simple enough but their experience helps to make informed decisions. If you want someone to worry about the stuff you don't know you should be worrying about you call Hogan Lovells."

Work highlights Counseled Vodafone on several high-profile federal regulatory issues, including net neutrality and IP transition.

Continues to represent the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in relation to the FCC's proposed expansion of WiFi into frequency bands used by car safety communications systems. 

Significant clients T-Mobile US, Gogo, Government of Mexico, NextNav, Consumer Technology Association.

Notable practitioners  

Former chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Michele Farquhar now leads Hogan Lovells' communications practice group. Her work covers the gamut of TMT law, including federal policy, M&A activity, coalition formation and spectrum auctions. "She is a great practitioner, very knowledgeable, very committed to her clients and has good access within the regulatory community, which is critical," according to one interviewee.

According to peers, Ari Fitzgerald has carved a niche in the automobile industry. His other areas of specialization include spectrum policy and wireless healthcare. He is described as an "excellent strategist with deep knowledge of wireless regulatory proceedings."

Steven Kaufman is co-head of the firm's satellite practice. He has recently been recognized for his work on one of the industry's most substantial deals. Clients say: "Steven is a great lawyer and adviser, very strategic, with a broad view of the satellite business's ups and downs. He is patient, objective and a clear communicator."

Randy Segal is, alongside Steven Kaufman, co-head of the firm's satellite practice. She offers her expertise in satellite system procurement, emerging technologies and big data analytics. She is described by clients as a "force of nature that keeps moving forward, achieving the best results and fulfilling all the legal requirements along the way."

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What the team is known for High-end litigation firm widely recognized by fellow practitioners for its appellate work. Represents an impressive array of Fortune 100 companies, financial services firms and startups in a full range of telecom disputes.

Strengths One client remarks: "They have very strong expertise in the communications space and they have a very strong appellate practice."

Notable practitioners  

Michael Kellogg is widely regarded as "the dean of the telecommunications Bar." His practice concentrates on federal regulatory, antitrust and appellate matters. He receives particular praise from peers for being a "top-notch appellate advocate." 

Scott Angstreich primarily represents companies from the telecommunications and energy sectors. He is well versed in regulatory issues and has argued before the US Supreme Court on a number of occasions. One interviewee comments: "At the FCC, they look to him with a great deal of respect. He is just a really smart guy who provides really good advice." 

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What the team is known for One of the leaders in the field, with notable strength in regulatory matters. Also capable of advising on high-stakes litigation and transactions. Clients are drawn from across the industry and include numerous household-name companies.

Strengths One respondent enthuses: "They are client-focused and make us feel like there is no one more important to them on their client roster. That's rare - and much appreciated."

Another client was impressed by the firm's "extremely smart and professional group," saying: "They can turn high-quality work around quickly. They will take on big issues and organize our thinking."

Work highlights Acted as primary regulatory counsel for Time Warner Cable for the duration of its $80 billion merger process with Charter Communications.

Served as co-counsel for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in its ongoing DC Circuit appeal of the FCC's net neutrality order. 

Significant clients Verizon, Comcast, Cox Communications, The Carlyle Group, LogMeln.  

Notable practitioners  

Global chair of the firm's communications law team Matthew Brill is admired for his broad practice, which covers all aspects of telecommunication regulation. One impressed client remarks: "He is probably the best lawyer I've come across that knows about the telecommunications and wireless industries. He doesn't just operate at a high level, he really knows the details. He's very highly regarded and I've really enjoyed working with him."

James Barker is described by one client as a "highly responsive and exceptional attorney." He is frequently involved in the FCC's spectrum auctions and has specialist knowledge of the regulations relating to multichannel video programming distributors.  

According to his peers, John Janka is well respected in the satellite community. He has played a leading role in InfraMed's investment in an African satellite broadband program. Clients praise him for his responsiveness and "comprehensive approach" to problem solving.  

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What the team is known for Remains a premier firm for telecom work, in particular for matters relating to the FCC. Longstanding relationships with major carriers, manufacturers and industry associations. Recently launched a specialized Internet of Things practice group to bolster its telecom wireless team. 

Strengths "I would have to say the consistent excellence at Wiley Rein, with their junior and senior people walking on water, is quite staggeringly impressive."

Another impressed client adds: "The team's client service is remarkable," while commentators also describe them as "professional, experienced and responsive." 

Work highlights Represented the State of Tennessee in its challenge of an FCC ruling on municipal broadband. 

Acted on behalf of both the CTIA - The Wireless Association and the PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association defending an FCC order on wireless deployment. 

Significant clients AT&T, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, Samsung, Motorola Solutions.

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Former chairman of the FCC Richard Wiley offers deep experience and expertise across the entire range of communications and media legal issues. One market source remarks: "I love Richard Wiley. He is the dean of the whole FCC. He is just the godfather of the whole thing. He is much beloved by absolutely everybody."

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What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as a leading broadband, cable and telecom firm. Advises leading telecom and broadcasting groups, with standout expertise on regulatory matters. Also assists clients with drone technology issues. 

Strengths The team is praised by clients for its depth of professionals: "They are unmatched in terms of the swath of territory across which they can present lawyers with not only the necessary substantive legal expertise, but also a broad variety of real-world hands-on business and regulatory experience that increases their value mightily."

Another client adds: "They are very attuned to my company. When we miss stuff, they catch it. They also have amazing relationships with people at the FCC. I'm very fortunate to get to use them."

Work highlights Counseled Comcast on issues arising from the FCC's broadcast incentive spectrum auction.

Advised Verizon on the regulatory implications of its $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications.

Significant clients T-Mobile USA, NBCUniversal, DISH, Frontier Communications, Cox Communications.

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Managing partner Bryan Tramont is "the best telecommunications lawyer in the country," according to one source. He handles FCC regulatory matters and assists communications companies in gaining federal approval for M&A activity. Clients particularly value him as "well connected and an excellent strategist." 

As the former chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, David Solomon has particular expertise in enforcement matters. He recently assisted leading broadband providers in relation to adopting FCC requirements, most notably the Commission's net neutrality rules. "David brings a truly unique combination of savvy, experience and analytical skill," according to one client.

Natalie Roisman is recognized for her dual practice covering both telecommunications and cybersecurity law. She has recently handled a variety of regulatory matters for Comcast. Her clients describe her as "super-smart and strategic" and also value her "strong relationships with regulators."

Cheryl Tritt has a wealth of experience at the FCC. Her areas of expertise include wireless and VoIP technology. One peer remarks: "She is very well regarded for her knowledge and for the scope of her understanding of communications law."

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What the team is known for Continues to stand out for its regulatory and transactional advice for blue-chip clients, including major cable companies. Also regularly works with ISPs and local exchange carriers on matters relating to the FCC. Possesses additional notable strength in privacy proceedings and security compliance.

Strengths One client praises the firm as "masters of all things telecom and work in front of the FCC," adding: "They are extremely hard-working and client-focused."

Another adds: "They convey the impression somehow that we are the only client. It always feels as though we are their number one priority."

Work highlights Represented Comcast in matters relating to the FCC's regulatory plans for set-top boxes.

Sought conditions for EarthLink on the FCC and DOJ-approved takeover of XO Communications by Verizon. 

Significant clients Level 3 Communications, ARRIS Group, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Time Warner, Bloomberg.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Jones is held in high esteem for his knowledge of the wireline telephone communications sector. He has a wealth of experience appearing in proceedings before the FCC, especially in local competition policy matters. Clients say: "Thomas is an outstanding attorney. He is detail-oriented, a fantastic writer, incredibly bright and knows our issues as well as anyone in the field."

Clients consider James Casserly an "expert on cable, broadband and telecom. He is a pleasure to worth with. No one knows the industry better than he does." His areas of expertise include a range of transactional and policymaking matters.

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What the team is known for Knowledgeable team with government experience that is able to provide clients with a complete communications service. Consistently recognized for its excellent record of representing clients before the FCC. Possesses additional strength in regulatory enforcement, and wireless and satellite issues.

Strengths "In my experience, the Jenner team is particularly effective at developing and advising on creative ways to address regulatory challenges, and pushing the FCC and state regulators to accept solutions that other counsel would suggest are impossible."

Clients also appreciate the firm's ability to "weave legal and policy arguments together in a very effective way."

Work highlights Successfully assisted Charter Communications in gaining regulatory approval for its $90 billion merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House. 

Acted for CTIA - The Wireless Association in defense of wireless companies' privacy practices before the FCC.

Significant clients CenturyLink, Comcast, SoftBank, Searchlight, Ossia.

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Samuel Feder is highly respected in DC for his communications practice, which includes expertise in cable and telephone regulations. This year he has been involved in both Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable and advising on the Commission's high-profile set-top box proceedings. He is described as an "excellent attorney with a great reputation" by peers, while clients appreciate his "terrific insight."

John Flynn cochairs the firm's communications, internet and technology practice. His client base includes the country's largest telecommunications and wireless companies. "He has incredible industry expertise, is responsive and remains calm under even those most intense pressures," according to one client. 

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What the team is known for Highly specialized and sophisticated boutique telecommunications team whose lawyers possess extensive government experience. Strong reputation for counseling wireless and satellite clients in FCC matters. Maintains close relationships with major telecom companies.

Strengths One client praises the firm's deep understanding of the telecommunications space: "They help us read the tea leaves, and understand the DC legal and regulatory market."

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Richard Metzger leads the firm's telecommunications practice and is a former chief of the Common Carrier Bureau at the FCC. He is recognized for his expert knowledge of wireline and regulatory issues. Market sources say: "He is one of the smartest attorneys out there in the communications Bar. He is extremely adept in technology issues."

"Effective and clear advocate" Regina Keeney "helps her clients figure out the atmospherics of the FCC," according to commentators. As a former chief of three FCC bureaus, she has extensive experience in telecommunications space and advises clients on all aspects of federal regulation. 

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What the team is known for Wide-ranging telecom practice that works on behalf of cable operators, broadcasters and Fortune 500 companies. Notable for its advice on large-scale transactions, with significant experience representing hedge funds and private equity investors.

Strengths The team is praised by one client for its "deep understanding of the law, substantial amount of experience working on challenging issues, and impressive willingness to tackle each problem anew and look at it as a unique proposition."

"They have a real grasp on what is going on in DC from a regulatory perspective," comments another client.

Work highlights Represented investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald before the FCC in attempts to change certain rules regarding spectrum rights.

Advised Facebook on the regulatory implications of WhatsApp's international rollout. 

Significant clients 8x8 Inc, MSG Holdings, Crown Castle International, Unite Private Networks, TeleGuam Holdings.

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"Industry icon" Andrew Lipman handles regulatory and legislative work for a wide client base, including telecom carriers and Wall Street firms. He has extensive experience appearing before the FCC. One interviewee remarks: "His understanding of the FCC inner workings and his ability to, essentially, predict the future is very valuable."

William Wilhelm is described by clients as "absolutely wonderful to work with" and "great on substance." He represents clients on cutting-edge technology issues, regularly offering intellectual property advice and guidance on federal regulations. 

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What the team is known for Destination communications practice bolstered by the arrival of former FTC General Counsel Jonathan Nuechterlein. Represents broadcasters, internet providers and equipment manufacturers on a wide range of matters. Well known for its strong regulatory practice.

Strengths One client remarks: "Their work is thoughtful and presented well with no errors. They are very good at communicating with the client and they incorporate the client's own thoughts, so the final product is always excellent and polished." 

Work highlights Provided advice and counsel for AT&T on a range of FCC regulatory compliance issues. 

Acted for CenturyLink in the FCC's proceeding on business data services.  

Significant clients DIRECTV, RNC Television, Siris Capital Group LLC, Antares Capital, Natixis.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Nuechterlein returned to private practice after serving as General Counsel of the FTC. He now co-leads Sidley's communications regulatory practice, where he has recently been involved in advising on the FCC's major net neutrality proceedings. "He is one of the best telecom attorneys in the industry. He is truly one of the smartest people I have ever met, and brings a fresh and well-reasoned perspective to knotty issues," remarks one client.

Mark Schneider has decades of experience appearing in front of the FCC, and is respected for his work on behalf of broadcasters, telephone companies and wireless providers. Clients appreciate his straightforward advice and value his "excellent mastery of the rules and prior proceedings of the FCC."

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What the team is known for Prominent telecom team known for its impressive roster of clients. Stands out for its sizable transactional practice and regular work for leading telecom groups. Offers strategic counseling on high-profile issues such as net neutrality and spectrum policy.

Strengths One client "could not be more impressed," commenting: "Their depth of resources is amazing - they are always able to find an attorney with the right set of resources. They listen to the questions at hand, ask probing questions themselves, and help us structure our policies and agreements in a way that will work best for us."

"They have such a breadth of experience and they just have the ability to get the deal done," comment sources.

Work highlights Advised AT&T on spectrum exchanges with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Provided FCC regulatory counsel to Talen Energy during its acquisition by Riverstone Holdings.

Significant clients PPL Corporation, Harris Corporation, KQED, KCETLink, Crowley Technologies.

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Chair of the firm's telecommunications, internet and media practice group Maureen Jeffreys is highlighted for her impressive leadership skills and technical ability. Her practice is focused on FCC regulatory proceedings and M&A activity in the communications sector. She works on behalf of the country's largest wireless and wireline carriers, most notably AT&T. 

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What the team is known for Regularly advises a wide range of clients, including TV networks and telecom companies. Undertakes the full range of work including providing regulatory advice related to both state and federal bodies. Supported by its team of highly regarded litigators.

Strengths One client appreciates "their responsiveness and attentiveness to our needs as a client," adding: "The bottom line is that they know their stuff and they do a good job for us."

"They were fantastic," adds another client. "I would give them the highest grade possible. They handled proceedings in a responsible fashion."

Work highlights Represented the CTIA in a DC Circuit appeal relating to an FCC order on a new telephone numbering services provider.

Advised Bright House Networks on issues relating to Charter Communications' acquisition of Time Warner.

Significant clients Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, T-Mobile, Crown Castle, CableLabs, Nexus Communications.

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Paul Glist's renowned practice is focused on solving complex issues for cable companies. He has particular expertise in set-top box regulation. Clients note his high technical expertise and leadership skills: "He does a great job of coordinating and keeping everyone on the same page."

Former Deputy General Counsel of the FCC Peter Karanjia is an experienced litigator and appellate lawyer. He is recommended for his work on behalf of major telecommunications companies. "He is very good at thinking through issues and staying calm under pressure," notes one appreciative client, adding that he is "very good at research, writing and crafting arguments."

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What the team is known for Offers a wide scope of litigation, transactional and regulatory services. Considerable strength in communications law, corporate structuring and purchase agreement negotiation. Also notable for its expertise in such areas as multichannel video programming, e-commerce and satellite communications.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's consistently high-quality work: "They are deep in wisdom, and have depth and breadth."

Work highlights Represented a number of industry leaders, including Disney, 21st Century Fox and CBS Broadcasting, in the FCC's set-top box proceeding.

Advised Al Jazeera Media Network on the closure of its US cable news channel.  

Notable practitioners  

Ivan Schlager is well regarded on Capitol Hill; he works on regulatory issues for media companies and is particularly known for his previous experience working at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). One client says: "You have to have Ivan on your deals because he understands how the gears of Washington work. When you have a complicated transaction, he is the person who will make strategic decisions."

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What the team is known for Undertakes a wide range of work for household-name clients. Regularly works on cutting-edge internet matters, with recent work including advice relating to net neutrality. Heavily involved with FCC matters such as spectrum applications, regulatory rulings and wireless license prosecutions. 

Strengths One client praises the firm's extensive network of attorneys: "Steptoe has deep expertise in corporate and telecoms. It has the ability to pull together highly skilled cross-disciplinary teams from its US and international offices to support international transactions." 

Work highlights Represented DISH before the US Court of Appeals regarding the FCC's Open Internet ruling, which was successfully upheld.

Acted as Netflix's primary regulatory counsel on a variety of telecommunications and media issues.

Significant clients Bloomberg, The Internet Association, M2M Spectrum Networks, Level 3 Communications, INCOMPAS.

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Pantelis Michalopoulos heads the firm's telecom, internet and media group, and advises clients on new or unprecedented areas of technology law. "His biggest strength," according to one client, "is his ability to come up with innovative solutions. Of course, he is steeped in the law, but he comes up with business solutions to complicated legal issues."

Markham Erickson specializes in internet law issues, including cybersecurity. His client base includes multinational content providers, television broadcasters and internet companies. "Markham is as knowledgeable on internet matters as anyone I have ever met," enthuses one client, who adds: "He is particularly good at interacting with the agencies and Capitol Hill. He is smart politically and just a first-rate lawyer." 

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What the team is known for Impressive practice that combines policy and regulatory prowess with a high level of expertise in transactional matters. Serves a range of industry leaders, including telecommunications, banking and retail clients. 

Strengths One client remarks: "The team is highly knowledgeable about FCC issues and coordinates well with other practice areas such as corporate and tax."

Another client describes the team as "excellent, knowledgeable and effective." 

Work highlights Advised Disney on the FCC's potential redefinition of the term 'Multichannel Video Programming Distributor.'

Assisted in the formation of Omega Wireless, which aimed to raise funds for the FCC's high-profile spectrum incentive auction.  

Significant clients Sunbeam Television, FiberTower, Federated Wireless, CTIA - The Wireless Association, AT&T.

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Tom Davidson is a go-to attorney for clients seeking counsel on federal regulatory and compliance issues. Clients say: "Tom is a smart, thorough attorney. He is very knowledgeable on regulatory matters affecting media companies and communications service providers. He approaches legal problems with an appreciation of the business context in which they arise and with the goal of obtaining a practical solution for the client." 

Jennifer Richter garners respect for her FCC-oriented practice. Recently she represented CTIA - The Wireless Association regarding the resolution of drone spectrum issues. One interviewee remarks: "She was wonderful at making you feel as though you were her most important client."

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What the team is known for Formidable regulatory practice with noted experience handling proceedings before the FCC. Has continued to develop expertise in spectrum, drone technology and M&A regulatory compliance.

Strengths According to one client, Cooley offered "a wealth of experience in the practice group and the reach back to other members of the firm was seamless."

Work highlights Counseled Gray Television on the regulatory implications of its $425.5 million acquisition of Schurz Communications' TV and radio stations.  

Has continued to advise CBS Affiliates Association and Fox Affiliates Group on regulatory matters.

Significant clients Meredith Corporation, Cox Communications, Comcast, Garmin International, Bahakel Communications.

Notable practitioners  

John Feore is recommended by clients for his advice on the full range of FCC regulatory matters. They appreciate his "calm and even-mannered counsel. He has been practicing on the regulatory front for many years and understands the inner workings and quirks." His practice is primarily focused on representing broadcasters.

Anne Swanson is "just terrific – she is knowledgeable, motivated and effective." Recently, she has used her spectrum expertise in a major refinancing for Bahakel Communications. She continues to work closely with GPS manufacturers and television broadcasters. 

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What the team is known for Broad practice group with expertise in communications regulatory compliance, intellectual property matters and litigation. Possesses particular strength in relation to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, representing wireless operators before the FCC and advising video content carriers.

Strengths "My impression is that they are an exceptional team," remarks one client. "Not only do they know the statutes and regulations that affect our company, they are also great litigators."

Another client concurs: "They have been very helpful and have good depth." 

Work highlights Has continued to represent Sprint in its 800 MHz Rebanding Project.

Advised Northstar Wireless on the FCC's high-profile wireless broadband spectrum auction.

Notable practitioners  

Laura Phillips is held in high regard by clients, who describe her as "a leader in the field." They appreciate her responsiveness, industry knowledge and "precise guidance." She offers advice on spectrum licensing and communications service convergence issues.

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What the team is known for Strong reputation for litigating before the FCC and FTC, as well as for its impressive data security, telecom and broadband offering. Also known for its capabilities in enforcement matters and investigations.

Strengths The team is praised for its commitment to providing a full service: "The talent and conviction of the firm's attorneys is notable in every interaction we've encountered. They are highly trained and well equipped to provide additional support when required."

Clients also value the firm's regulatory strengths: "They are good at maintaining a dialogue with government entities. Given that our industry is dynamic and things change quickly, they keep us attuned to the rules and changes that impact us. They make us better prepared from a business perspective." 

Work highlights Acted for plaintiff Peerless Network in two disputes with AT&T and Verizon.

Represented Total Call Mobile in disputing a potential $51 million fine imposed by the FCC over alleged fraud. 

Significant clients Vodafone Americas, DISH, Telstra, Level 3, Telkom Indonesia.

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Chair of the firm's communications practice John Heitmann works on behalf of a broad array of clients including telecommunications and wireless providers. One client remarks: "John is very much a relationship-driven person and has high integrity. He is very proactive about making sure there is an open dialogue of communication. He would be the first person we call.

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What the team is known for Niche telecom practice with a diverse client base that includes startups and publicly traded companies. Prides itself on its ability to offer conflict-free regulatory advice to small-to-midsized carriers.

Strengths The team is "top-notch in terms of their effectiveness and their reputation among the FCC. They come fully prepared to handle these matters and you get everything you need."

Work highlights Provided counsel for General Communication on spectrum auction and compliance issues.

Represented Iowa Wireless Services before the FCC in a wireless roaming dispute with AT&T. 

Significant clients Competitive Carriers Association, Carlson Wireless Technologies, PCS Partners, Nova Wireless, Senet. 

Notable practitioners  

Founding member of the firm Carl Northrop has a wealth of communications experience and is singled out for his strong advocacy on behalf of wireless providers. "It is nice to know you have someone who is standing up to the big carriers," remarks one client.

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Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

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Cheryl Tritt has a wealth of experience at the FCC. Her areas of expertise include wireless and VoIP technology. One peer remarks: "She is very well regarded for her knowledge and for the scope of her understanding of communications law."

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Wiley Rein LLP

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Former chairman of the FCC Richard Wiley offers deep experience and expertise across the entire range of communications and media legal issues. One market source remarks: "I love Richard Wiley. He is the dean of the whole FCC. He is just the godfather of the whole thing. He is much beloved by absolutely everybody."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Global chair of the firm's communications law team Matthew Brill is admired for his broad practice, which covers all aspects of telecommunication regulation. One impressed client remarks: "He is probably the best lawyer I've come across that knows about the telecommunications and wireless industries. He doesn't just operate at a high level, he really knows the details. He's very highly regarded and I've really enjoyed working with him."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Former chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Michele Farquhar now leads Hogan Lovells' communications practice group. Her work covers the gamut of TMT law, including federal policy, M&A activity, coalition formation and spectrum auctions. "She is a great practitioner, very knowledgeable, very committed to her clients and has good access within the regulatory community, which is critical," according to one interviewee.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Samuel Feder is highly respected in DC for his communications practice, which includes expertise in cable and telephone regulations. This year he has been involved in both Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable and advising on the Commission's high-profile set-top box proceedings. He is described as an "excellent attorney with a great reputation" by peers, while clients appreciate his "terrific insight."

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Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kellogg is widely regarded as "the dean of the telecommunications Bar." His practice concentrates on federal regulatory, antitrust and appellate matters. He receives particular praise from peers for being a "top-notch appellate advocate." 

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Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jonathan Nuechterlein returned to private practice after serving as General Counsel of the FTC. He now co-leads Sidley's communications regulatory practice, where he has recently been involved in advising on the FCC's major net neutrality proceedings. "He is one of the best telecom attorneys in the industry. He is truly one of the smartest people I have ever met, and brings a fresh and well-reasoned perspective to knotty issues," remarks one client.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mace Rosenstein advises clients on federal communications law and regulatory matters. He has three decades of experience working for high-profile broadcasters. Market sources regard him as a "really sharp guy who knows the politics of the FCC and how to get things done on a practical level."

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Senkowski joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in 2016. He has decades of experience providing transactional and regulatory support to major telecommunications companies and wireless providers. Sources say: "Mike is a real deal-maker. He knows how to get a deal done."

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Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Bryan Tramont is "the best telecommunications lawyer in the country," according to one source. He handles FCC regulatory matters and assists communications companies in gaining federal approval for M&A activity. Clients particularly value him as "well connected and an excellent strategist." 

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Helgi Walker of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP cochairs the firm's administrative law and regulatory practice group. She is recognized for her strengths in appellate and litigation matters. Market sources describe her as an "amazingly good litigator."

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Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Angstreich primarily represents companies from the telecommunications and energy sectors. He is well versed in regulatory issues and has argued before the US Supreme Court on a number of occasions. One interviewee comments: "At the FCC, they look to him with a great deal of respect. He is just a really smart guy who provides really good advice." 

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Barker is described by one client as a "highly responsive and exceptional attorney." He is frequently involved in the FCC's spectrum auctions and has specialist knowledge of the regulations relating to multichannel video programming distributors.  

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients consider James Casserly an "expert on cable, broadband and telecom. He is a pleasure to worth with. No one knows the industry better than he does." His areas of expertise include a range of transactional and policymaking matters.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Davidson is a go-to attorney for clients seeking counsel on federal regulatory and compliance issues. Clients say: "Tom is a smart, thorough attorney. He is very knowledgeable on regulatory matters affecting media companies and communications service providers. He approaches legal problems with an appreciation of the business context in which they arise and with the goal of obtaining a practical solution for the client." 

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Yaron Dori advises on a broad array of regulatory issues, including policy development and compliance. "His knowledge of communications law is excellent," remarks one client, "and beyond just knowing the law, Yaron has an exceptional feel for the forces and personalities driving the FFC's decisions. The guidance he provides on advocacy matters is invaluable."

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Feore is recommended by clients for his advice on the full range of FCC regulatory matters. They appreciate his "calm and even-mannered counsel. He has been practicing on the regulatory front for many years and understands the inner workings and quirks." His practice is primarily focused on representing broadcasters.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to peers, Ari Fitzgerald has carved a niche in the automobile industry. His other areas of specialization include spectrum policy and wireless healthcare. He is described as an "excellent strategist with deep knowledge of wireless regulatory proceedings."

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Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's communications practice John Heitmann works on behalf of a broad array of clients including telecommunications and wireless providers. One client remarks: "John is very much a relationship-driven person and has high integrity. He is very proactive about making sure there is an open dialogue of communication. He would be the first person we call.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to his peers, John Janka is well respected in the satellite community. He has played a leading role in InfraMed's investment in an African satellite broadband program. Clients praise him for his responsiveness and "comprehensive approach" to problem solving.  

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Jones is held in high esteem for his knowledge of the wireline telephone communications sector. He has a wealth of experience appearing in proceedings before the FCC, especially in local competition policy matters. Clients say: "Thomas is an outstanding attorney. He is detail-oriented, a fantastic writer, incredibly bright and knows our issues as well as anyone in the field."

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Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Effective and clear advocate" Regina Keeney "helps her clients figure out the atmospherics of the FCC," according to commentators. As a former chief of three FCC bureaus, she has extensive experience in telecommunications space and advises clients on all aspects of federal regulation. 

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chérie Renee Kiser of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP is managing partner of the firm's Washington, DC office. She has significant expertise in the telecommunications and broadband industries. "She is top-drawer," notes one client. "She's extraordinarily smart and an expert in her area. She is a terrific communicator, and can communicate with both attorneys and business folks."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Industry icon" Andrew Lipman handles regulatory and legislative work for a wide client base, including telecom carriers and Wall Street firms. He has extensive experience appearing before the FCC. One interviewee remarks: "His understanding of the FCC inner workings and his ability to, essentially, predict the future is very valuable."

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Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Metzger leads the firm's telecommunications practice and is a former chief of the Common Carrier Bureau at the FCC. He is recognized for his expert knowledge of wireline and regulatory issues. Market sources say: "He is one of the smartest attorneys out there in the communications Bar. He is extremely adept in technology issues."

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Pantelis Michalopoulos heads the firm's telecom, internet and media group, and advises clients on new or unprecedented areas of technology law. "His biggest strength," according to one client, "is his ability to come up with innovative solutions. Of course, he is steeped in the law, but he comes up with business solutions to complicated legal issues."

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Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

As the former chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, David Solomon has particular expertise in enforcement matters. He recently assisted leading broadband providers in relation to adopting FCC requirements, most notably the Commission's net neutrality rules. "David brings a truly unique combination of savvy, experience and analytical skill," according to one client.

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Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Flynn cochairs the firm's communications, internet and technology practice. His client base includes the country's largest telecommunications and wireless companies. "He has incredible industry expertise, is responsive and remains calm under even those most intense pressures," according to one client. 

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Glist's renowned practice is focused on solving complex issues for cable companies. He has particular expertise in set-top box regulation. Clients note his high technical expertise and leadership skills: "He does a great job of coordinating and keeping everyone on the same page."

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Goldberg Godles Wiener & Wright

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Goldberg of Goldberg Godles Wiener & Wright is "unparalleled in satellite matters," according to market sources. He has served the satellite and telecommunications industries for decades, and has extensive experience assisting clients with FCC rules and regulations. 

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Dodson Greenberg of Paul Hastings LLP is a respected practitioner who provides transactional and technology licensing services for communications and broadcasting companies. One client notes: "Eric's unique attribute as an attorney is that he is very deal-minded. He is exceptional at bringing us opportunities, as well as working on deals we give him. He is very proactive in pitching us ideas, which is rare among attorneys." 

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's telecommunications, internet and media practice group Maureen Jeffreys is highlighted for her impressive leadership skills and technical ability. Her practice is focused on FCC regulatory proceedings and M&A activity in the communications sector. She works on behalf of the country's largest wireless and wireline carriers, most notably AT&T. 

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Marc Martin of Perkins Coie LLP is praised by clients for being "extremely responsive" and for providing sound legal advice. He provides regulatory guidance for telecommunications and technology companies.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dara Panahy of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is praised for his experience negotiating satellite agreements. His other areas of expertise include federal regulations, wireless systems and international trade. One client states: "Dara is an outstanding attorney. He is very well known in the industry, and very well positioned to put deals together and keep them together."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jennifer Richter garners respect for her FCC-oriented practice. Recently she represented CTIA - The Wireless Association regarding the resolution of drone spectrum issues. One interviewee remarks: "She was wonderful at making you feel as though you were her most important client."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Schneider has decades of experience appearing in front of the FCC, and is respected for his work on behalf of broadcasters, telephone companies and wireless providers. Clients appreciate his straightforward advice and value his "excellent mastery of the rules and prior proceedings of the FCC."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Randy Segal is, alongside Steven Kaufman, co-head of the firm's satellite practice. She offers her expertise in satellite system procurement, emerging technologies and big data analytics. She is described by clients as a "force of nature that keeps moving forward, achieving the best results and fulfilling all the legal requirements along the way."

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anne Swanson is "just terrific – she is knowledgeable, motivated and effective." Recently, she has used her spectrum expertise in a major refinancing for Bahakel Communications. She continues to work closely with GPS manufacturers and television broadcasters. 

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Victory joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in 2016. She counsels wireless providers and telecommunications companies on issues relating to FCC regulation, rulings and proceedings. Market sources say: "Nancy is great. She has years of experience, a big client base, does high-quality work and is very well connected. Her knowledge of the industry and regulations really stands out."

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Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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." 

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Dentons LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Todd Daubert of Dentons LLP chairs the firm's communications and technology sectors. Clients say: "Todd is extremely talented at understanding the realities of running a business and at ensuring compliance with the law, while still managing to explain legal realities and give legal guidance in a practical fashion." 

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Markham Erickson specializes in internet law issues, including cybersecurity. His client base includes multinational content providers, television broadcasters and internet companies. "Markham is as knowledgeable on internet matters as anyone I have ever met," enthuses one client, who adds: "He is particularly good at interacting with the agencies and Capitol Hill. He is smart politically and just a first-rate lawyer." 

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cochair of the firm's communications and media practice group Jennifer Johnson is recognized for her advocacy on behalf of media outlets. Observers note that she has "deep knowledge of the area, and is very effective with clients and policymakers." Alongside her regulatory expertise, she also represents broadcasters in managing their assets. 

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Kaufman is co-head of the firm's satellite practice. He has recently been recognized for his work on one of the industry's most substantial deals. Clients say: "Steven is a great lawyer and adviser, very strategic, with a broad view of the satellite business's ups and downs. He is patient, objective and a clear communicator."

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Lerman Senter PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Lerman of Lerman Senter PLLC is "very good at broadcast transactions," according to market sources. Alongside sales and acquisitions, he also handles employment and regulatory matters for radio and television companies.

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TLP: Telecommunications Law Professionals PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Founding member of the firm Carl Northrop has a wealth of communications experience and is singled out for his strong advocacy on behalf of wireless providers. "It is nice to know you have someone who is standing up to the big carriers," remarks one client.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Laura Phillips is held in high regard by clients, who describe her as "a leader in the field." They appreciate her responsiveness, industry knowledge and "precise guidance." She offers advice on spectrum licensing and communications service convergence issues.

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Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Natalie Roisman is recognized for her dual practice covering both telecommunications and cybersecurity law. She has recently handled a variety of regulatory matters for Comcast. Her clients describe her as "super-smart and strategic" and also value her "strong relationships with regulators."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Ivan Schlager is well regarded on Capitol Hill; he works on regulatory issues for media companies and is particularly known for his previous experience working at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). One client says: "You have to have Ivan on your deals because he understands how the gears of Washington work. When you have a complicated transaction, he is the person who will make strategic decisions."

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Paul Hastings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sherrese Smith of Paul Hastings LLP was formerly chief counsel at the FCC and advises clients on a range of regulatory matters. "Sherrese is absolutely magnificent in terms of her knowledge of the regulatory landscape in the US and her knowledge of how the FCC works. She also has a really good understanding of our business needs."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Wilhelm is described by clients as "absolutely wonderful to work with" and "great on substance." He represents clients on cutting-edge technology issues, regularly offering intellectual property advice and guidance on federal regulations. 

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

"Wonderful lawyer" Heather Zachary of WilmerHale is praised for her ability to "identify what is important and what is not." She provides litigation and regulatory support for wireless providers and telecommunications companies. Clients also benefit from her strong privacy and data security capabilities.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Former Deputy General Counsel of the FCC Peter Karanjia is an experienced litigator and appellate lawyer. He is recommended for his work on behalf of major telecommunications companies. "He is very good at thinking through issues and staying calm under pressure," notes one appreciative client, adding that he is "very good at research, writing and crafting arguments."

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