Overview

Laura Phillips applies her expansive and incisive knowledge of the telecommunications industry to advise entrepreneurs on opportunities and challenges related to new communications technologies. She is particularly focused on spectrum auctions, network interconnection, access and universal service and counsels clients on regulatory matters stemming from communications-service convergence. A United States Certified Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Laura is an authority on the intersection of telecommunications and privacy. She also is deputy chair of the firm’s government and regulatory affairs practice group, where her goal is to ensure that all clients receive effective and efficient service.

Data Privacy

Laura helps telecommunications clients mitigate and manage the risks associated with handling and storing consumer data and information. She counsels on data privacy and cybersecurity issues, as well as information governance and data analytics, including advising on best practices for storing and managing data.

Regulatory Counsel

Laura advises clients on complying efficiently with government mandates, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and responding effectively to government hearings, investigations and enforcement actions. She helps clients anticipate future business challenges by advising them on emerging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and related issues. She has served as outside counsel to a major national wireless carrier, assisting in its process to reband the 800 MHz spectrum through negotiations and mediations with hundreds of incumbent FCC licensees.

Laura also successfully defends clients before the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the FCC against adverse audit findings. And she works with clients to design corporate compliance programs and best practices covering a range of FCC policy and legal issues, including TCPA, disabilities access and consumer billing practices.

Transaction and Business Counsel

Laura provides transaction counsel for acquisitions, mergers and other telecommunications deals, and negotiates communications services supply contracts.

Industry Analysis

Laura is a frequent contributor to the firm’s TCPA Blog, a resource analyzing TCPA-related litigation and regulatory developments. She also serves on the editorial board for the Faegre Drinker on Data blog, which discusses developments in privacy, cybersecurity, information governance and data analytics.

While in law school, Laura clerked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce.

Personal Interests

Laura enjoys acoustic guitar, theater and travel.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Certifications
United States Certified Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
Education

American University, Washington College of Law
J.D. (1986)

Trinity College
B.A. in Economics, with departmental honors (1980)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Professional Associations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)—Past President (2012-13), Secretary, Assistant Secretary; Privacy and Data Security Committee (Co-Chair, 2018-20); Executive Committee (2010-14); Continuing Legal Education Committee; Membership & Marketing Committee; Relations with Other Bar Associations Committee; Wireless Telecommunications Practice Committee
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2017-present
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications, 2010-present

Civic Activities

  • Trinity University — Board of Trustees, 2003-11

Firm Leadership

  • Deputy Leader, Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Chair, Government & Regulatory Affairs Group

Honors

  • Chambers USA — District of Columbia, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite, 2009-20
  • Best Lawyers®, Communications Law, 2020
  • Distinguished Service Award, Federal Communication Bar Association (FCBA), 2008-09

Awards Methodology

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