Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Telecommunications Department

District of Columbia
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What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as a leading broadband, cable and telecom firm. Advises leading telecom and broadcasting groups, with standout expertise in regulatory matters. Fields a number of attorneys who have previously held senior roles at the FCC and the FTC, as well as a number of alumni of state regulatory commissions.

Strengths"They have the deepest bench in town," reports one hugely impressed client. "It is an unparalleled service and value proposition. They're a fun group of lawyers as well – which makes them even more unique."

Another source says: "It's a great team to work with. They're very knowledgeable and well connected."

"The team is superb," says a third interviewee. "They are excellent value for us and they are always available to us, even if they are traveling."

Work highlights Acted for Verizon to successfully obtain FCC approval for its $3.1 billion acquisition of Straight Path Communications. The team also fended off a petition for stay and an application for review against the transaction.

Represented T-Mobile in regulatory proceedings before the FCC concerning infrastructure siting. The proceedings related to regulatory compliance issues and commercial transactions.

Notable practitioners

Adam Krinsky enters the rankings for the first time following broad market approval for his representation of communications providers and trade associations in connection with policy and regulatory matters, including obtaining transactional approval before the FCC. Interviewees attest to his "excellent judgment."

Managing partner Bryan Tramont enjoys an outstanding reputation in the telecommunications, broadcast and satellite space, and offers an exceptional track record in the most cutting-edge regulatory issues affecting the industry. "Bryan is among the most connected communications lawyers in town, and really does a great job of picking up information on topics of interest and piecing together developing issues," avers one recent client.

David Solomon offers a remarkable degree of experience in the field, having previously served as the inaugural chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. He remains a core asset for telecom and media companies in high-stakes enforcement proceedings.

Anne Swanson handles broadcast and broadband regulatory work as part of a diverse practice that also sees her advise on drone regulations. Her clients range from global GPS manufacturers to domestic radio and television stations.

Natalie Roisman acts for media companies and trade associations in connection with a raft of regulatory matters, including issues relating to cloud-based and set-top box business models, as well as consumer privacy and data security. "Natalie is the perfect blend of sound lawyering and top-shelf communication skills," comments one recent client, "and she has a great insight into how the FCC works and functions."

Russell Hanser continues to consolidate his reputation in the DC market, and is noted for his handling of an array of broadband, privacy and communications regulatory issues. Sources say: "He does good work and is very knowledgeable and experienced."