Innovative technologies require innovative representation. Like our clients, Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice is on the cutting edge of the communication and information revolution. We take pride in developing practical and creative solutions to the myriad of challenges our clients face—never losing sight of our clients’ strategic objectives and the need for efficiency in this fast-moving, high-performing and global arena.
John Heitmann, Partner
John Heitmann, chair of the Communications practice, counsels wireless, wireline and cable broadband and telephony service providers, and other entities, large and small, international and domestic, on policy, compliance and strategic initiatives involving the communications regulatory landscape on both the federal and state levels. With more than 20 years of experience, John advises clients on regulatory policy and compliance with the Communications Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and the numerous other federal and state laws governing telecommunications, privacy and information security.
Hank Kelly, Partner
Hank Kelly is the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office. Hank’s practice is focused exclusively on communications, energy and public utility law and regulation, where he provides clients with a deep bench of legal and business experience that is specific to the ongoing challenges they face.
Steve Augustino, Partner
Steve is a partner Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington, D.C. Office. His telecommunications practice is both broad and deep, ranging from regulatory, legislative and administrative law counsel to transactional advice, advocacy and litigation. An advocate since the early days of competition in telecommunications, Steve has guided clients through the shifting policies, exponential growth and extraordinary innovation in the telecommunications industry over the last 25 years. His clients include companies and organizations from developing and established markets, including major wireless service providers, manufacturers, trade associations and emerging telecom businesses.
Tom Cohen, Partner
Tom is a partner in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on providing legal counsel to further the business interests of entities engaged in the provision of wireline and wireless telecommunications, cable (video) and broadband, including Internet services. He has significant experience in federal and state administrative and legislative advocacy and business-related legal matters, including contracts, transactions and litigation.
Chip Yorkgitis, Partner
Chip is a partner in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington, D.C. Office. He represents clients with interests and concerns related to spectrum management. He has acted as counsel to users of spectrum on issues related to spectrum allocation, interference resolution, private and NTIA coordination of stations and spectrum sharing, management of stations, adherence to operational and technical regulations, interconnection, Federal Communication Commission (FCC) radio station licensing, foreign ownership, antenna structure marking and lighting requirements, and FAA obstruction evaluations.
Josh Guyan, Partner
Josh is a partner in Kelley Drye & Warren’s DC Office. He advises providers of wireline, wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and satellite services on domestic and international experimental compliance and licensing, as well as Universal Service Fund (USF) requirements. Josh advocates on behalf of clients at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), before state commissions and on Capitol Hill. He provides comprehensive telecommunications due diligence reviews, as well as advises on technical and regulatory compliance, including new voice and data services for compliance with FCC and state regulations.
Alysa Hutnik, Partner
Alysa Hutnik is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her experience ranges from counseling to defending clients in FTC and state attorneys general investigations, competitor disputes at the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureaus, consumer class actions and competitor-brought litigation claims. Much of Alysa’s practice is focused in the digital and mobile space in particular, including cloud, mobile payment, calling/texting practices and big data-related services.
Mike Dover, Special Counsel
Mike is special counsel in the Kelley Drye & Warren’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on technology litigation and dispute resolution. Mike has extensive first and second chair experience before various federal courts, state courts and state public service commissions across the country. Mike’s clients include a wide range of established and emerging technology companies throughout the U.S.
Denise Smith, Special Counsel
Denise is special counsel in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on representing telecommunications companies before federal and state regulatory agencies and courts. In particular, Denise represents and counsels clients on numerous aspects of the Federal Universal Service Fund program, including enforcement actions, regulatory filing obligations, eligible telecommunications carrier ("ETC") designation applications and other relevant issues.
Brad Currier, Senior Associate
Brad Currier is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on communications matters, with an emphasis on investigations, audits, and enforcement actions. Brad currently serves as co-chair of the Enforcement Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association, helping to educate industry stakeholders about the FCC’s investigation and enforcement processes.
Avonne Bell, Associate
Avonne Bell is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on telecommunications and technology matters.
Chris Laughlin, Associate
Chris Laughlin is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on communications matters.
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