Communications

Venable's communications experience and relationships deliver solutions to your communications challenges. The laws, regulations, investigations, and procedures (including litigation) relating to communications, privacy, data breach, and cybersecurity are bewildering, time-consuming, and a challenge to your success. Venable has assembled an experienced, action-oriented team that loves to devise strategies for navigating laws, regulations, and procedures to achieve your goals in a timely manner and executes those strategies in an accountable way.

Our legal team has a combination of attorneys who have served in the federal executive branch agencies, as members of Congress, and on congressional staffs and have long helped shape policy and rule-making, practicing before federal and state agencies. We marshal the facts, understand the agency processes, and use our knowledge of the process and our relationships with the decision-makers to accomplish goals. 

Venable has always striven for practical solutions, not just legal memos. We clarify what you can do and how to do it, not just what you can't do.

Venable focuses on legal scholarship, regulatory insight, and advocacy. Venable can provide seasoned, insightful analysis of your regulatory situation and devise the best legal argument possible—but we have the experience to know that these do not always prevail. We are also adept at using our relationships, our knowledge of the processes, and the levers of decision-making to put you on a successful footing and on the road to achieving your goals.

We have inaugurated major rule-makings, leading multifaceted campaigns at the FCC, before other agencies, and on Capitol Hill to have rules and policies adopted or to fend off unwanted regulations. We have successfully managed investigations, audits, and Notices of Apparent Liability.

Venable has over a century of experience staying on the cutting edge of technology, the lifeblood of the communications industry. To be successful in communications law, you must be experienced and understand the technologies that routinely disrupt and revolutionize communications. We understand the communications axiom, New technology defies conventional legal models. Our mission has been to find innovative ways for service providers, entrepreneurs, inventors, and communications users to bring new technology on line, a challenge that demands attorneys who have the capacity to synthesize and understand the entire communications playing field. 

Venable covers the world of communications. Whatever your concern, challenge, or goal, we are likely to have the experience, insights, relationships, and strategy you need.

Client Focus

Providers of Communications Services
  • Entrepreneurial providers, domestic and international
  • Internet service providers
  • Local exchange carriers
  • Public safety service providers
  • Rural telephone companies
  • Telecommunications companies, local and long distance
  • VOIP providers
  • Wireless providers
  • Wireline companies 
Users of Communications Services
  • Banks
  • Call centers
  • Customer service organizations
  • Direct marketers
  • Governments/municipalities
  • Hotel chains
  • Insurance companies
  • Public safety services 
 

Government Experience
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More than 20 attorneys experienced in communications issues, including:

  • Former FCC attorneys
  • Former state public utilities attorneys
  • Member, Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Attorney general of Arkansas
  • Intern, Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry Security
  • Intern, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Intern, Department of Justice, Civil Division, Consumer Protection Branch
  • Legal Intern, Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau, Investigation and Hearings Division
  • Assistant Attorney General, Maryland
  • Representative, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Bronx District Attorney
  • Chairman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Energy and Commerce Committees
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • Congressman, United States House of Representatives
  • Staff member, United States House of Representatives, House Appropriations Committee
  • Legislative Director, United States House of Representatives, Office of Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • Active Duty Officer, United States Marine Corps, 1988-1993
  • Reserve Officer, United States Marine Corps, 1994-2010
  • United States Senator, United States Senate
  • United States Senate, Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Technology and the Law

Recognition
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Two attorneys recognized as “among the top 25 privacy experts” by Computerworld