Jeff Carlisle Joins Lerman Senter

Lerman Senter has announced that Jeff Carlisle has joined the firm as Counsel, bringing his 25 years of government, law firm and in-house counsel experience to one of Washington, DC’s leading communications law firms.

Jeff is well known for his wide-ranging background and expertise in the wireless, wireline and satellite industries. Jeff focuses primarily on regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters before the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies. He is an expert on spectrum, satellites, and mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies of telecommunications operators. In addition to representing providers of communications services, Jeff also counsels investors in communications companies on structuring transactions and navigating the regulatory process.

“I’m delighted to move my practice to a larger platform where I can leverage the experience of the talented attorneys at Lerman Senter,” said Carlisle. “With more than fifteen attorneys focused on FCC-regulated entities, Lerman Senter has the breadth and depth of expertise that will be a great fit for my clients. I am excited about the future that we can create together.”

“Jeff’s extensive and varied experience will be a great asset to our firm and our clients,” said Sally A. Buckman, Managing Member of Lerman Senter. “We are all looking forward to benefiting from his proven skills and depth of knowledge in many important areas of communications law, and we are very excited that he has decided to join our team.”

Before joining Lerman Senter, Jeff practiced on his own for three years. Prior to that, Jeff served as Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at LightSquared (now Ligado). From 2005 until 2008, he served as Vice President, Government Relations and General Counsel, Americas, of Lenovo, the global computer manufacturer.

From 2001 to 2005, Jeff served as deputy chief and then chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. At the FCC, he managed the development of the Commission’s policies on broadband and competitive entry into the local exchange market, and he was responsible for developing the Commission’s policies on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and bankruptcy of common carriers. Before joining the FCC, he had his own practice, and worked with a large national law firm. Jeff has spoken at numerous events on telecommunications, trade and security policy issues.

Lerman Senter has served the legal and regulatory needs of many of the country’s leading communications companies for more than 35 years. U.S. News and World Report ranks Lerman Senter as a “First Tier” Washington, DC firm, and the National Law Journal named Lerman Senter as a Top-Ranked Law Firm based on Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Three Lerman Senter attorneys have been included in Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law, and five attorneys have been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as “AV Preeminent” attorneys. Four Lerman Senter attorneys have been named to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers List, and one attorney has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list, for 2019. For more information on Lerman Senter, visit