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Handling the challenges of a rapidly-evolving industry

For more than 25 years, Saul Ewing lawyers have been helping wireless carriers and tower companies achieve their business objectives and infrastructure development goals. Our lawyers know the telecommunications industry, and have been advocating and protecting its interests throughout the adoption, interpretation, and application of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Today, Saul Ewing lawyers remain on the front lines – helping clients meet the exponentially-growing demand for wireless infrastructure, balance business needs, technological advances, and ever-evolving legislation, and navigate the numerous, often-overlapping regulations at all levels of government.

Saul Ewing lawyers know and understand the infrastructure development process. Our lawyers have helped strategize and execute some of the largest site builds in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Collectively, we have obtained thousands of siting approvals – most from very challenging, anti-tower jurisdictions – and fought hundreds of zoning battles. Typically, speed-to-market is the priority, but, when necessary, we go to court and advocate for our clients. We advise on administrative law and approvals, including issues relating to historic and agricultural preservation. We work with state and local governments to interpret, apply, and, at times, amend or rewrite statutes and regulations. Our lawyers have won numerous cases in state and federal courts, including landmark federal cases.

While high-stakes battles may present interesting challenges, our primary goal is to help clients achieve their business growth and infrastructure development objectives – without drama or delays. We help with leasing,  due diligence for tower acquisition, tower replacement agreements, and other asset protection issues. With the maturity of the tower industry has come the need to manage, extend and defend portfolios of leases and owned tower, rooftop and other antenna sites.  Our telecom attorneys help address and litigate disputes with landlords, landlord creditors, and government agencies, and defend rights of first refusal and other lease provisions in state courts and federal district and bankruptcy courts. In short, we know the relevant law, we know the telecommunications industry, and we get to know our clients so that we can add value to their operations.

Saul Ewing’s ‘personality’ syncs well with our company because the firm’s lawyers are practical and down-to-earth without pomposity, smart and hard-working, and willing to roll up their sleeves.

Experience

In addition to wireless carriers and tower companies, our lawyers have served as counsel to major trade organizations in the telecommunications industry.  Saul Ewing attorneys:

  • Manage siting, zoning, and related litigation
  • Manage large and small raw land site builds
  • Pursue approvals under § 6409 Protect rights and, when necessary, litigate under the Telecom Act Conduct due diligence on tower portfolios
  • Provide legal opinions in tower portfolio financing
  • Draft lease amendments in large scale renewal projects
  • Document complex tower deals with landowners, such as tower relocations
  • Defend rights of first refusal in tower leases
  • Defend tower assets in litigations involving bankruptcy of landlords, creditors’ judgments, subordinations, and other threats
  • Advise tower companies on tax, insurance, securities, and government contracts

Recognition

The group includes attorneys who have been named to the following lists:

Trade Groups & Associations
  • MDDCWA Maryland DC Wireless Association)
  • PWA (Pennsylvania Wireless Association)
  • PCIA, The Wireless Infrastructure Association
  • SWAP (State Wireless Association Program)

Contacts

George Asimos
Gregory E. Rapisarda