Carlton Fields has extensive experience representing internet, cable, local, wireless, and long-distance telecommunications providers as well as numerous manufacturers and suppliers to the communications industry. We understand that our telecommunications clients operate in a fiercely competitive industry that serves customers with high expectations. Meeting those expectations requires tremendous capital investment to anticipate cutting-edge technologies. In addition, the pressure to grab market share has grown as lines have blurred between telecommunication service providers, content providers, and financial services firms.

Our industry knowledge is firsthand. Some of our lawyers are former telecommunications industry executives, which makes us particularly attuned to our clients’ need for timely business-driven solutions. For example, our group is led by a former senior executive for AT&T Wireless Services whose positions at the company included vice president of business security and senior corporate counsel.

We also work with non-telecom clients on telecommunications issues that affect their businesses. For example, we assist clients with their telemarketing plans, helping them navigate the federal and state laws that regulate how they can market their services to clients. Alleged violations of the laws in this area have generated many recent class action lawsuits. As a leading national class action defense firm, we are well-equipped to handle these matters.

  • Litigation and Arbitration

    When our clients face litigation, they benefit from our telecommunications industry knowledge — it means we waste no resources getting “up to speed” on the industry’s particularities.

    Our comprehensive experience in federal and state courts across the country includes class action defense, dealer litigation, employment cases, consumer claims, cell site disputes, antitrust litigation, landlord-tenant disputes, zoning and permitting disputes, interconnection claims, condemnation proceedings, bankruptcy, and securities litigation.  Learn more about our experience in telecom litigation and arbitration.

  • Transactions
    Carlton Fields represents telecommunications companies in complex corporate finance transactions (both equity and debt); corporate acquisitions and divestitures; complex joint venture arrangements (including those related to asset sharing and network build-out); and contract matters, including those related to intellectual property licensing and outsourcing. Our knowledge of consolidation’s impact on the cable industry and wireless market is firsthand — we  acted as counsel in the transaction that created T-Mobile in the United States. In addition, we have represented telecommunications clients in billions of dollars' worth of corporate transactions, real estate purchase, sale, and leasing.  Learn more about our experience in telecom transactions.
  • Government, Regulatory and Compliance

    We represent telecommunications clients in their dealings with local, state, and federal governmental agencies across the country. Learn more about our experience in government, regulatory and compliance issues.

    • Real Estate and Transmission Sites
      • ​​Our telecommunications industry experience includes real estate purchase and sale, as well as leasing, transactions, such as those regarding the acquisition and disposition of network transmission facilities, retail locations, office space, and customer care centers. We have extensive experience addressing the unique issues telecommunications carriers face in connection with the location of cellular transmission sites and rights-of-way use. As telecommunications technologies evolve, so do our clients’ needs for space. We help them negotiate changes to leases, acquiring new property, and disposing of obsolete facilities and locations. 
    • Government Compliance 
    • Government Contracts 
    • Tax 
    • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity 
    • Employment Consulting 
    • TCPA Compliance

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