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Raul Magallanes

Raul Magallanes

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About Me

With nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry as first an engineer, a marketing manager, and as corporate counsel, Mr. Magallanes is an authority on Telecommunications & Technology Law.

Mr. Magallanes' primary areas of practice are regulatory licensing, compliance and transactional matters, the process and substance of VSAT licensing, and litigation before the FCC.

An innovator in drafting applications for the licensing of state of the art VSAT services, Mr. Magallanes drafted the application that led to one of the first ESV (Earth Stations on Vessels) licenses granted by the FCC. In addition, Mr. Magallanes focuses in finding cost effective regulatory solutions in select jurisdictions and interfacing with foreign service providers.

Mr. Magallanes is admitted to practice law in Texas and the District of Columbia. He holds two engineering degrees from Texas A&M University, an MBA from the University of Houston, and a JD from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is currently working towards an L.L.M. in Computer & Communications Law from Queen Mary School of Law at the University of London, UK. Mr. Magallanes writes a regular column for Via Satellite Magazine.







  • VSAT Licensing (ku, C, X-band)

  • UHF/VHF, Marine, Aircraft Radio

  • International 214 Authorizations

  • VoIP Regulatory Compliance

  • Telecom Contract Review


Firm Advantage

  • Technology-based legal advice 

  • Quick and personal response 

  • Niche services geared to specialty clients



Firm Services


Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Licensing: 100%
    10 years

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Edward August Maldonado

    I have had the pleasure of working with Raul on joint legal/FCC projects on multiple occasions over the years, and, have not the slightest hesitation in recommending him for legal work in the telecommunications sector. In the area of VSAT & Radio Frequency matters and licensure, Raul is a versatile blend of attorney & engineer – a true asset for this type of work. Raul’s experience and knowledge of FCC regulatory compliance in telecommunications, VoIP and RF broadcast separate him from others solely niched in broadband. In the State of Texas, I can think of no other attorney that I would consult and utilize as local counsel should my clients have a need or problem related to Texas law, regulation or litigation. Raul tackles legal issues in a meticulous manner that gives confidence that the problem or issue is being handled by a true professional with all practical options being considered. Likewise, Raul is English/Spanish bilingual, an immeasurable asset with cross border clients.


    Edward Maldonado Telecommunications Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

P.O. Box 1213
Frinendswood, TX, 77549



DCActive 200705/25/2015
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200508/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Distinguished Alumni AwardUniversity of Texas at San Antonio2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate General CounselRignet, Inc.2014 - Present
AttorneyThe Law Office of Raul Magallanes2007 - 2014
Corporate CounselCapRock Communications, Inc.2005 - 2007
Director of Bids & ProposalsMcLeod UA2000 - 2002
Satellite EngineerIWL Communications1999 - 2000
Systems EngineerImpsat USA1998 - 1999
Satellite EngineerSatellite Communications Systems, Inc.1996 - 1998
Transmissin EngineerLufkin Conroe Telephone Exchange1993 - 1996
Electronics EngineerTexas Engineering Experiment Stations1990 - 1992


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Communications Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
First FCC Ku band ESV LicenseGrant of license 2005

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Publication NameTitleDate
via satellite magazineInternet Filtering: Regulating Content2013
via satellite magazineWhat's in a Signature2012
via satellite magazineFor Legal Jargon...Click on this Link2012
via satellite magazineInternet Telephony: A Regulatory Oxymoron2012
via satellite magazineThe Role of Harmonized Standards2012
via satellite magazineDominand Carrier Regulation: Why and When is it Necessary2012
via satellite magazineUniversal Service: Balancing Interests2012
via satellite magazineTrademarks and Domain Names: The Battle for Brand Protection2012
via satellite magazineFCC Satellite Regulations up for a Change2012
via satellite magazineThe Trademark Clearinghouse2012
Via Satellite MagazineSending Personal Data Outside the European Economic Area2011
Via Satellite MagazinePrivacy Issues for US Companies Expanding to Europe2011
Via Satellite MagazineIf a Satellite Falls, Who is Responsible for Damages?2011
Via Satellite MagazineTelecommunications Services and the WTO2011
Via Satellite MagazineRegulatory Uncertainty: A Major Factor in Conflict Areas2011
Via Satellite MagazineWhen Industry and Government Don't Stay in Synch2011
Via Satellite MagazineEquipment Authorizations2011
Via Satellite MagazineFCC Auctions2011
Via Satellite MagazineWiretapping and Telecom2011
Via Satellite MagazineExtended Ku Band2011
Via Satellite MagazineMobile Satellite Service and 9112011
Via Satellite MagazineC-Band Small Apperture Terminals2011
Via Satellite MagazineFCC Dispute Resolution2011
Via Satellite MagazineFCC Spectrum Leasing2011
Via Satellite MagazineFCC License Assignment Options2011
Via Satellite MagazineWhat is Broadband?2010
Via Satellite MagazineTo Attach or Not to Attach?2010
Via Satellite MagazineA Maritime Regulatory Strategy2010
Via Satellite MagazineHas Ku Come of Age?2010
Via Satellite MagazineShould Your Opinion Count?2010
Via Satellite MagazineU.S. Landing Rights and International Satellite Services2010
Via Satellite MagazineFCC Authorization of Satellites: A Brief Introduction2010
Via Satellite MagazineExperimental Licenses: A Special Type of Authorization2010
Via Satellite MagazineWhat is Telecommunications?2010
Via Satellite MagazineThe FCC Responds to Comcast2010
Via Satellite MagazineFCC Jurisdiction for Maritime Communications2010
Via Satellite MagazineThe Case for Earth Station FCC License Modifications2009
Via Satellite MagazineThe Case for Earth Station FCC License Modifications2009
Via Satellite MagazineForeign Participation in the U.S. Telecom Market2009
Via Satellite MagazineThe Case for Hybird Satellite/Terrestrial Services2009
Via Satellite MagazinePrivacy Issues at Top FCC's List of Concerns2009
Via Satellite MagazineAssignments and Transfers of Control2009
Via Satellite MagazineSuccessfully Navigating FCC Enforcement Proceedings2009
Via Satellite MagazineRegulating VoIP and the Internet2009
Via Satellite MagazineTemporary Authorizations for Extraordinary Circumnstances2009
Via Satellite MagazineEIRP Density: A Regulatory Tool?2009
Via Satellite MagazineThe Status of 3.65GHz2009
Via Satellite MagazineThe Internet: How Neutral Should It Be?2009
Via Satellite MagazineRegulatory Status of Satellite Service Using Vehicle-Mounted Antennas2009
Via Satellite MagazineAuthorizations to Offer Services to and from the United States2008
Via Satellite MagazineUniversal Service Fund and its Impact on the Satellite Sector2008
Via Satellite MagazineC-Band ESV Licenses Clear Way for Entry to the Maritime Market2008
Sub Sea Telecom ForumSix Ways for Telecommunications Providers to be Proactive with FCC Regulations2008
2011Extended Ku BandN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thurgood Marshal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Univeristy of Houston Clear LakeBusiness AdministrationMBA2001
Texas A&M UniversityElectrical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Texas A&M UniversityEngineering TechnologyBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Queen Mary School of Law, University of LondonComputer and Communications LawLL.M - Master of Laws (in progress)N/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Distance Learning WeekendVoIP Regulations in the US2012
Satellite 2011Extreme Engineering2011
Satellite 2010Regulatory Update2010
Offshore Communications 2009Telecom Regulations2009
Pre Paid Press ExpoWireless Regulations2008
Offshore Communications 2008Changes in VSAT Regulations2008
Offshore CommunicationsEarth Stations on Vessels2007