Dave Thomas


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Communications
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.


Legal 500, 2013, 2014




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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...

Is Wheeler Gaga for Gigabit? The FCC Liberates 100 MHz of Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi
Douglas A. "Drew" Svor,Dave Thomas, April 11, 2014
On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and by unanimous vote, the FCC’s First Report and Order on U-NII will...
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Dave Thomas

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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