DLA Piper LLP (US)

Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Well-established telecom group noted for its understanding of complex legal and policy issues in regard to spectrum-based technologies. Fields additional experience in assisting a variety of clients in navigating compliance and enforcement issues stemming from the FCC. Practitioners benefit from the firm's global reach, handling various cross-border connected tech matters.

New developments The firm has added to its capabilities in this area through the hire of the respected Peter Karanjia, previously of Davis Wright Tremaine.

Strengths Interviewees describe the team as "solid, smart and practical" and note that its attorneys "have good strategic insights and very strong relationships at the FCC."

Work highlights Assisted WorldVu, the company behind the proposed OneWeb satellite constellation,  in connection with the necessary authorizations to allow the project to go ahead. The team also handled the establishment of joint ventures and corporate entities related to the project around the globe. The constellation will use hundreds of low-orbit satellites to deliver broadband services to parts of the world without internet access.

Notable practitioners

Nancy Victory advises in connection with the full range of regulatory and transactional matters pertaining to the telecommunications, wireless and satellite sectors. Industry sources refer to her as "a very smart, practical, strategic thinker," and note: " Telecom is a 24/7 game, and networks are constantly evolving. We need smart, forward-thinking lawyers – Nancy is just that."  She cochairs DLA's US telecom group.

Peter Karanjia recently joined DLA Piper from Davis Wright Tremaine. He is a highly respected appellate advocate with a particular focus on the telecommunications industry, and is also noted for his handling of FCC regulatory matters. Market observers affirm that Karanjia is "widely regarded as one of the go-to folks for appellate work." He is the newly appointed chair of the firm's administrative law appellate practice.

The "extremely experienced" Michael Senkowski is one of DC's standout names in the telecom space, having spent a long career at the cutting edge of regulatory matters affecting the telephone industry. He is also a go-to practitioner for satellite landing rights and spectrum issues. Senkowski is a cochair of DLA Piper's US telecom group.