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Kevin M. Cookler

Member
Phone: 202-416-6749
Fax: 202-293-7783

Kevin M. Cookler's Profile Image

Kevin M. Cookler

Member
Phone: 202-416-6749
Fax: 202-293-7783

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.

Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors
  • Emory University, B.A.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
Professional Affiliations
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Heartland Joint Use Group
  • Associate Member of Utilities Technology Council (UTC)
Publications / Speaking Engagements
  • Heartland Joint Use Spring 2021 Meeting – Legal Panel; Heartland Joint Use Conference Spring 2018
  • UTC Telecom & Technology 2020 – “Regulatory Issues When Providing Broadband Services,” “Regulatory Update on FCC Wireless Infrastructure Siting policy,” and “Regulatory Update – Pole Attachments and Wireless Collocation”; UTC Telecom & Technology 2018
  • WISPAmerica 2018 — “What Forms Do I Need to Fill Out?”; “Emerging Issues for Drones, IoT and Related Applications”
  • Western Energy Institute 
Recognition
  • Utilities Technology Council (UTC) 2018 IMPACT Award (Lerman Senter – Services Category)