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Jeff’s practice focuses on complex regulatory and transactional matters involving communications and technology, with particular emphasis on broadband and media services and applications, including domestic and international spectrum allocations and licensing for new terrestrial and satellite-based mobile broadband networks. These matters involve the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, various federal law enforcement and national security agencies, the International Telecommunications Union, foreign regulatory and competition agencies, as well as Congress and the federal courts. Jeff has provided counsel to both established companies and new entrants, as well as to investors, underwriters and lenders active in the field.

Examples of Jeff’s wide-ranging practice include:

  • Devising and implementing successful regulatory strategies for the deployment of various low-power technologies, including obtaining a new spectrum allocation for mobile biomedical telemetry devices, and waivers of existing allocations for a new high-speed rail safety system.
  • Representing a major metropolitan area consortium of universities, public school boards and public television stations in the acquisition and subsequent leasing to a major wireless carrier of over 100 MHz of mobile broadband spectrum.
  • Lead outside counsel managing a multinational team of lawyers, engineers and technical consultants in a successful effort to obtain a global spectrum allocation for a new generation of broadband satellite systems.
  • Overseeing the diverse regulatory compliance components of major telecommunications mergers, acquisitions and funding efforts, including funding for, and participation in, broadband spectrum auctions.
  • Advising foreign governments, carriers and trade associations on various aspects of regulatory and competitive developments in the US and global communications markets, including providing counsel to foreign legislators and regulatory and competition authorities with respect to the development of new pro-competitive legislation for their home markets.

Upon graduation from law school in 1975, Jeff joined the Law College faculty for a year, then entered private practice with a small specialty litigation firm, where he focused on appellate matters. In 1978, he was appointed Senior Attorney at the Citizens Communications Center, a Washington, DC-based public interest communications law firm, where he continued to concentrate on appellate cases. In 1981, he joined the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching communications law and administrative and appellate practice and procedure in a clinical setting. While in this position, Jeff was appointed by the federal judge presiding over the AT&T divestiture case to act as counsel for amici curiae. In 1983, Jeff left the Georgetown faculty to help establish a new communications law specialty firm, where he developed a wide-ranging domestic and international regulatory and transactional practice. In 1992, he and another partner moved to the Washington, DC office of the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, to develop a new communications law group at that firm. At the end of 2008, Jeff left Paul, Weiss to return to his small firm roots.


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