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Handling the challenges of a rapidly evolving industry

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr lawyers have been helping wireless carriers and tower companies achieve their business and infrastructure development goals for nearly thirty years. Our lawyers have been advocating and protecting the interests of our telecommunications clients in accordance with the 1996 Telecommunications Act, as amended. Our team helps clients meet the growing demand for wireless infrastructure and technological advances while navigating the continuously evolving law and regulations at all levels of federal, state and local government.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr lawyers know and understand the infrastructure development process. We 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 Arnstein & Lehr’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 Arnstein & Lehr attorneys:

  • Manage siting, zoning and related litigation for macro, small cell and DAS infrastructure development
  • Manage large and small raw land site builds for macro and small cell wireless facilities
  • Pursue expedited approvals of telecommunications projects under § 6409 of the Telecommunications Act
  • Litigate against local municipalities in federal and state courts under the Telecommunications Act and/or state law claims
  • Conduct due diligence on tower portfolios
  • Provide legal opinions for tower portfolio financing
  • Handle the acquisition and sale of tower portfolios
  • Advise on lease amendments in large-scale renewal projects or individual sites
  • 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