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John J. Heitmann, Practice Chair
jheitmann@kelleydrye.com
Phone: (202) 342-8544
Fax: (202) 342-8451

The communications industry is in the midst of a major paradigm shift. The Internet and mobile technologies are changing the way in which we communicate and consume information and media. Innovative technologies require innovative representation. Like our clients, Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice is on the cutting edge of this 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.

We are proud to represent:

  • Established and emerging telecommunications carriers
  • VoIP and Internet application providers
  • Wireless and satellite companies
  • Cable operators, competitive video service providers, broadcasters and media companies
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Large users of communications services
  • Systems integrators
  • Investment banks, venture funds and hedge fund managers

Facing complex legal, regulatory, and competitive marketplace challenges, these entities require counsel experienced in a wide range of industries, practices, markets, agencies and courts. They come to Kelley Drye for our extraordinary array of legal talent and our ability to help them develop and implement their strategic business goals and identify new business opportunities in the rapidly evolving communications field.

Our services include:

Federal & State Regulatory
  • Telecom Policy & Legislation
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Licensing & Registration
Disability Access
  • CVAA
  • HAC
  • Closed Captioning
Business & Strategic Planning
  • Wireless, MVNO & Mobile
  • CLEC & Cable Telephony
  • Broandband & VoIP
  • Wireline
  • Internet & New Media
  • Conferencing
Telecom Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financings
  • Interconnection Agreements
  • Carrier Contracts
  • Technology Contracts
Internet
  • Content
  • Apps
  • E-commerce
International Markets & Team Telecom
  • Entry Regulation
  • CFIUS & Team Telecom
  • National Security Agreements
  • Submarine Cables
Digital Media & Technology
  • Network Agreements
  • Regulatory & Legislative
  • Litigation
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity
Privacy & Information Security
  • TCPA, CPNI & CAN-SPAM
  • Mobile Marketing
  • "Internet of Things"
  • Cybersecurity
  • Apps
Enforcement, Investigations & Audits
  • FCC, OIG & FTC
  • State PUC & AG
  • USAC
Communications Litigation
  • Intercarrier Compensation Disputes
  • Interconnection Agreement Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • TCPA Defense
Universal Service Fund Wireless

 

Communications Honors and Awards

Practice Recognition
Best Law Firm 2016 Ranked in Best Law Firms; U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ® (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Chambers USA 2016 Ranked in Chambers USAfor “Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite: Regulatory” (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Illinois practice ranked in Chambers USA for “Communications” (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

 

Individual Recognition
John J. Heitmann John J. Heitmann

The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Communications Law, 2016-2017.

Selected to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Communications/Media, Advertising/Technology Transactions and Consumer Law, 2016.

Ranked by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in the Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite area, 2012-2016, and in the Privacy & Data Security area, 2013-2014.

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the areas of Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory, 2011-2016 and Data Protection & Privacy, 2011-2013, 2015-2016.

Recognized as a Trailblazer in Regulatory & Compliance by National Law Journal, 2015.

Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Privacy & Data Security area by Chambers Global, 2014-2015.

Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Telecom and Media, 2014

Selected as a 2011 Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting.

 

 

Steven A. Augustino Steven A. Augustino

Selected to the Washington DC Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Communications, 2014-2016

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory area, 2011 and 2013-2016.

 

 

 

Thomas W. Cohen Thomas W. Cohen

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory area, 2012-2016.

Won the Fiber-to-the-Home Council's Star Award (2006)

 

 

 

Henry T. Kelly Henry T. Kelly

Ranked as a leading practitioner in the Communications area by Chambers USA from 2002-2016.  Ranked as a Tier 1 attorney in Communications.

Named “Lawyer of the Year”, The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Communications Law, 2013.

The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Communications Law, 2012-2016

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Telecoms & Broadcast – Regulatory area, 2012-2014 and 2016.

Designated as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Communications Law, 2007-2010, 2012-2017

 

Jameson J. Dempsey Jameson J. Dempsey

Recommended in US Legal 500 for his work in the Data Protection & Privacy area, 2015-2016.


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