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 Discerning 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.


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

United States Certified Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

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

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

Insights & Events

Podcast October 2020

Faegre Drinker on Law and Technology Podcast: The Internet of Things

1 min read  
Updates July 2020

The U.S. Imposes New Export Control, Telecommunications and Other Measures in Response to China’s Actions in Hong Kong and Xinjiang Province

5 min read  
Updates June 2020

U.S. Commerce Department Revises Export Controls on Huawei, Permits Some Sharing of Export Controlled Technology in Setting Standards for 5G and Other Technology

4 min read  
Updates April 2020

FCC Votes to Repurpose L-Band to Boost U.S. Companies in 5G Race

4 min read  
Updates April 2020

Trump Administration Establishes the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector

6 min read  
Updates April 2020

FCC Launches Telehealth Initiatives for COVID-19 (and Beyond): Guidance for Health Care Providers

13 min read  
Updates April 2020

Congress Enacts the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act, Spurring Efforts to Identify, Remove and Replace Covered Telecommunications Equipment and Services

7 min read  
Updates March 2020

FCC Clarifies Application of TCPA’s ‘Emergency Purposes Exception’ Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

5 min read  
Updates January 2020

FCC Signals It May Be Prepared to Greatly Expand Its Proposed Ban on Huawei and ZTE Equipment

3 min read  
Media Mentions January 2020

Laura Phillips Shares Outlook on Entertainment and Media Industry M&A Activity for 2020

1 min read  

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


  • Chambers USA — District of Columbia, Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite, 2009-21
  • Best Lawyers® Communications Law, 2020-21
  • Distinguished Service Award, Federal Communication Bar Association (FCBA), 2008-09

Awards Methodology

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