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David S. Keir

Phone: 202-416-6742
Fax: 202-293-7783

David Keir's practice spans a broad spectrum of federal telecommunications regulation, involving matters in most areas of FCC oversight, including broadcasting, cable, satellite, international carrier, wireless services, and experimental licensing. He has been a Member of the firm since 1999 and the principal attorney in the firm's Satellite practice since 2013. He advises satellite, telecommunications, technology, and broadcast clients in licensing and rulemaking proceedings, and on a variety of regulatory, compliance, transactional, and other business matters.

David has more than three decades of experience practicing before the FCC and has represented entrepreneurial and growing companies in numerous policymaking proceedings leading to the implementation of new communications services and technologies, including the authorization of earth station networks used to provide in-flight internet connectivity. He has successfully obtained both experimental authorizations and permanent licenses for clients offering a variety of new and innovative services, including one of the first licenses granted under the FCC’s “smallsat” rules implemented in 2020.

A broad variety of FCC-licensed and FCC-regulated entities turn to David for assistance in responding to complaints and administrative investigations before the FCC's Enforcement Bureau involving content regulation, contests, spectrum compliance, competitive bidding rules, consumer protection and other regulatory matters. He has also developed training materials for radio and television station owners to prevent violations of the broadcast indecency regulation, and has provided counsel concerning federal and state regulation of advertising and promotional activities, including the evolving requirements related to online data collection and security.

David credits the firm’s unique focus on FCC regulatory practice, the diverse expertise of its attorneys across virtually all areas of FCC regulation, and their collaborative, problem-solving spirit as particularly valuable in providing strategic advice to clients.

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D.
  • Harvard College, A.B., cum laude
Bar and Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Professional Affiliations
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Society of Satellite Professionals International