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I have been practicing communications law since 1978, specializing in issues involving emerging spectrum-based technologies and FCC equipment authorization.  I have represented wireless broadband system operators, FCC licensees, cable systems, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, financing sources, and domestic and foreign investors in American communications companies.  I crafted the industry coalition proposal for restructuring the US 2.5 GHz regulatory regime that was largely adopted by the FCC in 2004, and has played an active role in the development of the 2.3 GHz, 3.65 GHz, 5 GHz and LMDS bands.


I appear before the FCC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Rural Utilities Service, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and federal and state courts. I regularly assist clients in connection with the FCC's rules governing equipment authorization and the allocation, licensing and regulation of spectrum. I frequently provide transaction support for clients implementing spectrum leases, asset and stock acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and financings. I also represent emerging wireless service providers in access, franchising and zoning disputes with local governments.


Practice areas


  1. Telecommunications: 70%
    38 years
  2. Media: 20%
    38 years
  3. Administrative Law: 10%
    38 years

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Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

2300 N Street NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20037


DCActive 198111/29/2015
NYCurrently registered 197903/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer, CommunicationBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyer, CommunicationsBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2015
Super LawyerThompson Reuters2014
Best Lawyer, CommunicationsBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2013
Best Lawyer, CommunicationsUS News/Best Lawyers2013
Best Lawyer, CommunicationsUS News/Best Lawyers2012
Outstanding Member AwardNational EBS Association2011
Best Lawyer, CommunicationsUS News/Best Lawyers2011
Best Lawyer, CommunicationsUS News/Best Lawyers2010
Special Achievement AwardChanging the World Technology Advancement Awards Dinner2009
Golden EagleWireless Communications Association International2004
EditorLaw & Policy in International BusinessN/A
President's AwardWireless Cable AssociationN/A
Lawyer of the YearPrivate and Wireless Cable MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP1996 - Present
Executive Vice President and General CounselNational Wireless Holdings, Inc.1993 - 1999
PartnerSinderbrand & Alexander1993 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wireless Communications Association InternationalOutside Counsel1986 - Present
Federal Communications Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
2.5 GHz Band RestructuringFCC largely adopting proposed rules
Satellite Broadcasting Co. v. FCCDC Circuit reversed and remanded (824 F.2d 1)
2.3 GHz Band Mobile Broadband EnhancementsFCC largely adopting proposed rules
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Publication nameTitleDate
Broadband Properties MagazineFCC to Consider Eliminating Key Provisions of Program Access Law2001
Law and Policy in International Business1976-1977 Administration Survey: Civil Aeronautics Board1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Columbia UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WiMAX Forum Operators SummitUS Government Support For Extending The Reach of Wireless Broadband2012
NEBSA 2012Recent FCC Developments2012
4GWERoaming in an LTE Emvironment2012
WiMAX Forum Rural Operators SummitLeveraging Public Funds to Build a Rural Broadband Network2011
WiMAX Forum Rural Operators SummitGovernment Perspectives on the Need for Rural Broadband Networks2011
WCAI Webinar SeriesUnderstanding The FCC's New Open Internet Rules2011
WCAI 4G CaucusAdapting Regulations to the New Realities of 4G Technologies2011
National EBS Association Annual ConferenceFCC Update2011
4G WorldRebanding 2 GHz for Mobile Broadband2011
WCAI WebinarThe BIP/BTOP Second NoFAs2010
NSMA 2010Wireless Regulatory Developments2010
NEBSA 2010A Regulatory Update2010
A Review Of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009Broadband Economic Stimulus2010
4G WorldThe 3.65 GHz Band: Regulatory Status and Potential Changes2010
Wireless Policy SummitBroadband Economic Stimulus2009
WiMAX Forum WebinarRural Broadband And The ARRA2009
WiMAX Forum Congress AmericasBroadband Funding Under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20092009
WCAI WebinarThe Future of the 3.65 GHz Band2009
WCAI WebinarMaximizing Success for Your Broadband Stimulus Application in Final Filing Round2009
WCAI WebinarThe National Broadband Plan: What’s in It for You?”2009
Redline Executive SeriesThe RUS and NTIA Stimulus Programs for Broadband2009
Occam Networks WebinarThe BTOP and BIP Programs2009
NSMA 2009Wireless Regulatory Developments2009
NEBSA/WCAI Webinar SeriesA State Officials Guide To The ARRA2009
NEBSA 2009EBS and the FCC2009
Internet Telephone Conference and ExpoBIP/BTOP -- ARRA Broadband Funding2009
Wireless International Symposium and Business ExpoThe FCC and Broadband Regulation2008
WiMAX World4G Spectrum Strategies2008
Space and Telecommunications Law Summit“Space & Telecommunications Law & Policy: Looking Back at the Past Eight Years, Looking Toward the Next Four.2008
NSMA 2008Wireless Regulatory Developments2008
NEBSA 2008What Can EBS Expect From The FCC?2008
Broadband Wireless WorldThe Impact of the 700 MHz Auction2008
WCAI Webinar SeriesUnderstanding The FCC's New Open Internet RulesN/A