Communications

Constantly changing communications laws, regulations, and business practices can be a minefield for your business. Think of our attorneys as your well-travelled guides through this fiercely competitive, volatile business environment.

With decades of experience advising clients in the communications industry, we provide seasoned representation before regulatory and legislative bodies and in court as well as offer effective support through even the most intense negotiations. What’s more, our team includes former government officials with first-hand knowledge of how regulatory and legislative activity helps determine policy.

We pursue your interests aggressively — whether you’re in a win-win situation or an adversarial must-win action. You benefit from our advice and counsel on every aspect of your business, from regulatory and legislative proposals, to litigation, to simple or sophisticated commercial transactions, including acquisitions and financings.

Quick Facts


  • Interdisciplinary team approach with attorneys from our Antitrust, Real Estate, Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Corporate & Securities practices
  • Represent clients before the FCC, Congress, state public utility commissions, executive branch agencies, federal and state courts
  • Consult on government relations, business, and public relations through our affiliate, ML Strategies, LLC

Areas of Focus

  • Regulation and legislation: Provide policymakers with information on the impact of proposed rules and laws on clients’ businesses and service offerings; assist clients in navigating government regulations and compliance issues; counseling on regulatory and policy issues affecting broadband, Internet, digital media, and mobile technology business initiatives and strategies
  • Transactions: Domestic and international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions; financing arrangements; complex communications facilities and services procurement, leasing and licensing; telecommunications-related real estate transactions; building access agreements involving telecommunications companies and private owners; developing and leasing antenna facilities involving radio and TV stations, cellular carriers, and property owners; and workouts, bankruptcy, and insolvency
  • Litigation: Before state and federal courts, regulatory agencies, and alternative dispute resolution tribunals
  • Content, data, and information privacy and protection: Privacy, security, and confidentiality matters for data and voice transmissions, the distribution of high-value video and audio content, personal identification information, and more

Rankings & Recognitions

  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers:
    • Practice ranked National Tier 1 for Communications Law
  • Chambers USA:
    • Practice ranked in DC for Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory

Clients We Serve

  • Buyers and sellers of communications properties
  • Cable and broadband providers
  • Carriers and users of fiber optic facilities
  • Data center and colocation facility owners, operators, and tenants
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Investment banks in their capacity as underwriters, placement agents, and investors
  • Lenders to communications businesses
  • Online service and Internet companies
  • Private equity firms investing in the telecommunications field
  • Programming networks
  • Public safety agencies
  • Satellite operators and end-users
  • Trade associations representing the cable, wireless, and competitive telephone industries
  • Wireline and wireless service providers

Representative Clients

  • AMC Networks Inc.
  • Bright House Networks, LLC
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Cox Communications, Inc.
  • C-SPAN
  • CTIA–The Wireless Association®
  • Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • DRS Technical Services, Inc.
  • Forestry Conservation Communications Association (FCCA)
  • Home Box Office, Inc.
  • International Municipal Signal Association
  • Madison Square Garden, L.P.
  • Music Choice
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Omnispace, LLC
  • SES WORLD SKIES
  • Time Warner Cable, Inc.
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc.
  • Trimble Navigation Limited
  • Wi-Fi Alliance

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