Telecommunications & Wireless

Counsel emerging and established telecommunications and wireless companies on their legal, business and regulatory concerns


  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • 5,000+ high-growth clients, including wireless, broadband and cloud communications companies

  • 1,000+ M&A transactions for an aggregate value of $345+ billion since 2016

  • Represent telecommunications and wireless clients in commercial transactions with local and long distance telephone service providers, equipment and other technology providers, data partners and joint venture partners

  • #1 law firm for VC Financings in the US and Globally in Q3 2020 (PitchBook)

  • 1,000+ VC deals annually, representing both companies and investors across a range of technology-related market segments

  • Extensive contacts with emerging telecommunications companies and potential strategic partners and investors

  • 2020 Tech Firm of the Year (Law360)

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  • 500+ securities cases in the last 10 years for companies like Brocade, CenturyLink, Copper Mountain Networks, Lantronix, Qualcomm and Synopsys – one of the most active practices for the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation in the US

  • One of the most active corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practices in the country, handling 100+ cases in court over the past 5 years for unsecured creditors’ committees such as RadioShack, Great Lakes Comnet, CompUSA, Wave2Wave Communications, Yipes Communications, Beyond Oblivion and KIT Digital

  • Represent clients in a broad range of disputes relating to transactions, corporate governance, communications standards, open access, wireless license rights, spectrum auctions and spectrum allocations

  • Significant complex commercial and consumer class action litigation for companies such as CenturyLink, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, HTC and XO Communications

  • Team has litigated a series of cases relating to the application of privacy laws to the alleged interception of internet communications through “deep packet inspection”

  • Obtained the first court decision affirming that transit is subject to the local competition provisions of the Communications Act, representing a competitive carrier in an appeal of an arbitration decision in the US District Court for the District of Nebraska

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  • Represented industry pioneers in one of the first successful contested applications for CLEC status in a rural area, the first interconnection arbitration at the FCC and some of the first successful petitions to revoke rural exemptions from the competition requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996

  • Actively involved in all varieties of Federal Communications Commission rulemaking proceedings and other policy initiatives important to the sector

  • Represent clients in enforcement proceedings ranging from individual complaints, notices of inquiry and notices of apparent liability to broad, industry-wide inquiries

  • Consult on regulatory and corporate governance issues related to the Securities Exchange Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, JOBS Act, equity and other compensation matters, stockholder rights plans, stockholder proposals and proxy contests, and NASDAQ, NYSE Mkt and NYSE listing requirements

  • Counsel US and foreign companies on compliance with US laws and regulations governing the cross-border movement of goods, services and technology and affecting the way US companies conduct business overseas

  • Provide regulatory compliance advice on international, federal, state and local employment and labor laws, including affirmative action, discrimination, wage and hour, health and safety, unions and collective bargaining, compensation and benefits

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  • Serve as IP counsel to some of the largest telecommunications, wireless and related companies in the world such as HTC, Motorola Mobility, NVIDIA and Qualcomm

  • 100+ PTAB proceedings

  • 100+ trademark and copyright cases since 2010

  • 30+ Section 337 ITC investigations

  • 24,000+ patents under our management across 120+ jurisdictions worldwide

  • 22,500+ trademarks under our management across 180+ jurisdictions worldwide

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Group Contacts
Michael Basile  Partner Washington, DC
Robert M. McDowell  Partner Washington, DC
Christy Burrow  Special Counsel Washington, DC
Chris Coulter  Partner London
John Feore  Senior Counsel Washington, DC
J.G. Harrington   Special Counsel Washington, DC
John Logan  Special Counsel Washington, DC
Jason Rademacher  Special Counsel Washington, DC
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