Russell H. Fox

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  • Duke University (JD, 1981)
  • University of Rochester (BA, 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

With over 35 years in the wireless telecommunications industry, Russell is among the most experienced wireless communications attorneys in the country. Unique among his peers, Russell assists clients on federal legislative, regulatory, and transactional matters. He is frequently consulted on matters involving US spectrum use and policy.

Whether they are in the middle of a transaction with difficult regulatory issues, working with Congress on legislative drafting, or securing critical operational authority, clients value Russell’s accessibility and ability to find creative solutions. He works with major telecommunications providers, trade associations, equipment manufacturers, public safety organizations, and entrepreneurs proposing new products or services.

Before joining the firm, Russell was a partner and head of the telecommunications department in the Washington office of a major Chicago-based law firm, where he represented users and providers of telecommunications services and equipment. Previously, he was the executive director and president of the American SMR Network Association, Inc., where he established offices of a national trade association representing a segment of the wireless telecommunications industry.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a national wireless provider in the most successful spectrum auction in US history.
  • Negotiated landmark Consent Decree with FCC that preserved majority of client's FCC licenses.
  • Prevented, through regulatory and legislative processes, use of spectrum that would have harmed GPS reception. 
  • Secured regulatory approvals for the purchase, sale, or lease of hundreds of millions of dollars of spectrum assets. 
  • Regularly assists telecommunications trade associations and wireless providers offering input to key legislation affecting the wireless industry.
  • Provided guidance to application developer and others on compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Provides ongoing assistance on FCC licensing to a range of clients in multiple industries.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Telecom & Broadcast: Regulatory (2017 - 2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Fellow, Radio Club of America