Kevin Cookler advises on regulatory, transactional, litigation, and policy matters for private wireless licensees and commercial wireless providers, electric and gas utilities, wireless internet service providers, equipment manufacturers and vendors, and other technology companies. He represents clients before the FCC, Federal Aviation Administration, state public utility commissions, and other agencies on issues such as spectrum policy and acquisition, FCC licensing, enforcement and compliance, corporate transactions, pole attachments and joint use, local zoning, antenna structure registration and lighting, tower leases, and federal environmental and historic preservation compliance for wireless facilities.
Most recently, Kevin assisted an investor-owned utility with securing FCC spectrum licenses and regulatory approvals for towers and other infrastructure to support large-scale deployment of a wireless communications network for mission-critical applications. In another matter, he successfully negotiated various tower and site leases, spectrum purchase, and lease agreements on behalf of wireless internet service providers and utilities. On behalf of a trade association group, his advocacy led the FCC to update rules for over-the-air reception devices to lower barriers to deployment of wireless broadband service, and secured multiple waivers of FCC rules for utilities and wireless internet service providers to continue to operate Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum. And in a multi-year FCC rulemaking proceeding, Kevin led the effort for a utility company to defend against proposed rule changes to the spectrum band that would have forced it to relocate its operations.
Along the way to these successes, Kevin’s clients appreciate his attention to detail, ability to explain complex regulatory issues in a simple and concise manner, and his experience working on highly technical issues. His background in both the courtroom and working for federal regulators gives him unique insight and experience to handle a wide range of matters, and the skills to successfully guide clients to the right approach or to litigate when necessary. He himself especially values Lerman Senter’s deep bench of communications law experts — a ready resource of on-point experience and key contacts at the FCC.
Kevin completed a federal clerkship for the Honorable James F. Merow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, where he assisted in handling complex commercial litigation claims. While in law school, he served as a legal intern for the Federal Communications Commission, Common Carrier Bureau – Policy Division, and Wireless Bureau – Commercial Wireless Division.