Dave Thomas


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Communications
Mailing Address2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, District of Columbia, 20006-6801
University Cornell University, A.B., 1984; Boston University, M.S., 1987
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, J.D., 1990
AdmittedDistrict of Columbia


•Member, Advisory Board of Webster's New World Telecom Dictionary (Wiley Publishing, 2008)


Mr. Thomas is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Washington D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Thomas has a national practice in the telecommunications and broadband communications industries. His practice focuses on the deployment of competitive networks and services, with a particular emphasis on representing broadband providers in matters involving local franchising, rights-of-way, pole attachments, and similar issues.

During his 20 years as counsel to the nation's top cable and broadband companies, cable and telecommunications trade associations, and other competitive communications organizations, Mr. Thomas has become a nationally recognized authority in pole attachments, rights-of-way, federal, state and local broadband and telecommunications regulatory and communications plant deployment issues. He has handled cases in approximately 40 states.

Mr. Thomas is experienced in a wide range of regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters, and handles a variety of commercial, regulatory, and litigation matters involving competitive wireless and wireline telecommunications providers, broadcasters, and satellite communications companies. He has litigated federal preemption cases before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and federal and state courts. In addition to those bodies, he regularly appears in front of state public service commissions, state legislatures, and county and municipal governments.

A frequent speaker at communications and utility industry conferences, he has published works on a variety of domestic and international industry issues, including new technology deployment and spectrum use and allocation.


•Media, Technology and Telecoms, Legal 500, 2013-2015

Publications & News


•New Broadband-Friendly Laws In Ohio, Louisiana
Law360, August 18, 2014

FCC Law Blog Posts

• Cyberspace Oddity: The FCC Regulates Internet Services as Common Carrier Telecommunications Services, 'Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, ' February 27, 2015
• Headin' Down the Copperhead Road - the FCC Proposes New Rules for Legacy Infrastructure, January 5, 2015
• Turnin' Havana to Atlanta: The White House Opens Doors for U.S. Telecommunications Investment in Cuba and Latin America, December 19, 2014
• If They Could Be All You Wanted: The FCC Gets Serious About Small Cells, October 28, 2014
• Of Buckeyes and Batons Rouges: Ohio and Louisiana Adopt Comprehensive Pole Access and Attachment Rules, August 11, 2014
• Is Wheeler Gaga for Gigabit? The FCC Liberates 100 MHz of Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi, April 7, 2014
• Sleeper “Small” Cells: The Battle Over The FCC's Wireless Infrastructure Proceeding, February 27, 2014

Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, The Perfect Storm Critical Infrastructure & the Crucial Role of the Communications Network, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) 124th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, November 11-14, 2012


•Practical Approach: Business & Investing in the Telecommunications Sector in Mexico Under New Regulatory Framework
Sheppard Mullin New York, September 9, 2014


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Cyberspace Oddity: The FCC Regulates Internet Services as Common Carrier Telecommunications Services, “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet”
Stephen S. Gilson,Dave Thomas,Paul A. Werner, March 18, 2015
The FCC voted yesterday 3-2 along party lines to promulgate new rules necessary to protect the “Open Internet.” At the core of the Commission’s action lies its decision to reclassify Internet services as a “telecommunications” instead of “information”...

Turnin’ Havana to Atlanta: The White House Opens Doors for U.S. Telecommunications Investment in Cuba and Latin America
Cheryl Palmeri,Dave Thomas,Brian D. Weimer, February 25, 2015
Historic changes in relations between the United States and Cuba (that touch nerves in Hip-Hop and on Capitol Hill) and new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela may provide increased opportunities for U.S. business generally, and electronic communications technologies and infrastructure providers in...
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Dave Thomas

2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 100
WashingtonDC 20006-6801


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