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Dow Lohnes PLLC 
Washington, District of Columbia

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About this office:

Dow Lohnes serves as a strategic partner with its clients in a number of dynamic industries including communications and traditional media, new media, information technology, education, healthcare, real estate and more. Dow Lohnes's service offerings have grown as its clients' businesses have become more complex and demanding. With offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta, the firm has over 150 lawyers and professionals supported by extensive resources and a considerable depth of experience. Dow Lohnes possesses the strength of a large Washington-based regulatory practice as well as a sophisticated business and transactional law practice. Together with litigation, intellectual property, tax and human resource practices, the firm offers a comprehensive array of legal services. Above all, Dow Lohnes is committed to working in partnership with its clients and providing them with superior legal counsel.

Business Transactions & Corporate Practice (Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, and Finance):

Dow Lohnes's corporate lawyers specialize in mergers and acquisitions, private and public securities offerings, loan and financing transactions, joint ventures and venture capital investments, among other things. The firm enjoys a diverse clientele made up of media, communications, telecommunications, entertainment and information technology companies, leading investment banks, underwriters, private equity and venture capital firms and lending institutions — all of whom we guide through complex negotiations, multi-level financings and all other phases of major transactions from inception to closing.

Communications & Telecommunications:

Dow Lohnes's communications and telecommunications groups encompass one of the largest and most diverse communications law practices in the United States. Our lawyers represent all segments of the communications and media industries including commercial and non-commercial broadcast stations, cable television operators, cellular, PCS, paging and other wireless communications companies, local and long distance landline service providers, commercial satellite operators and broadband service providers. Dow Lohnes lawyers are well-versed in assisting other entities who need to know how changes in the industry affect their non-telecommunications businesses.

Compensation, Employee Relations & Benefits:

Dow Lohnes has a large and sophisticated practice in Compensation, Employee Relations and Benefits, which offers an integrated approach to human resource matters. Our compensation and benefits lawyers address issues including the creation, administration and termination of a wide range of employee benefits such as qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health care programs, incentive compensation plans and equity-based plans. Our labor and employee relations lawyers counsel clients on executive employment and talent employment contracts, employment policies, employee development and discipline, compliance with federal and state employment laws, collective bargaining negotiations, discrimination, affirmative action plans and more.

Government Relations:

Dow Lohnes's government relations practice spans the full range of congressional, executive branch and administrative agency lobbying for a wide range of clients, with a particular focus on media, telecommunications, information technology, health care, energy and environmental, and education issues. Our lawyers, along with the government relations professionals of our affiliate Dow Lohnes Government Strategies, work closely with Members of Congress, senior federal officials and key staff members. The firm's government relations services include: strategic planning, design and implementation of lobbying campaigns, including the organization and coordination of grassroots initiatives, drafting legislation and congressional committee report language and preparing witness testimony for hearings.

Intellectual Property:

Dow Lohnes has developed a distinguished intellectual property, media and information technology practice and represents a broad cross-section of businesses ranging from traditional and new media to computer, software to communications and telecommunications to education. The firm's areas of expertise include trademark and copyright law, patent law, unfair competition, and merchandising, as well as the protection, acquisition, and licensing of intellectual property. Our clients include national media firms with interests in broadcasting, as well as companies involved in computer hardware and software, the Internet, entertainment, information technology, telecommunications, cable television, satellite communications, newspapers and book publishing. We also represent a wide range of colleges, universities and public broadcasting stations.


Dow Lohnes litigators represent clients from large, publicly held companies to small, closely held businesses, as well as individuals and estates. The firm's litigators regularly practice before federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country, and on teams before federal agencies. The firm has specific expertise in areas such as securities litigation, intellectual property and technology issues, communications and telecommunications, commercial law, antitrust, federal and state taxation, Constitutional and First Amendment issues, labor and employment, criminal law and government investigations, environmental law and higher education.

Media & Information Technologies:

Dow Lohnes's media and information technologies attorneys represent clients in traditional and new media, information technology, telecommunications and other industries. The attorneys handle matters ranging from the protection, acquisition, licensing and use of intellectual property to negotiating matters affecting virtually every kind of internet business. Dow Lohnes represents some of the largest information technology companies on transactions, intellectual property and public policy issues.

Postsecondary Education:

Dow Lohnes provides specialized legal services to clients in the postsecondary education community. Our lawyers are experienced in leveraging human and capital resources to promote new ways of delivering educational services such as e-learning, navigating the complicated regulatory environment that surrounds instruction across state and national borders, and protecting and capitalizing on the value created by such activities. Dow Lohnes offers its education clients a unique blend of expertise in finance, intellectual property, technology and corporate law.


Dow Lohnes's tax lawyers have developed a diverse national practice in federal, state and local tax matters. Engagements involve all areas of corporate, partnership, trust, and individual federal and state income taxation, as well as estate and gift taxation, sales and use taxation, employment taxation, and the taxation of foreign and nonprofit entities. Our affiliate, Dow Lohnes Price Tax Consulting Group LLC has specific and extensive experience in state and local tax requirements, transfer issues, tax planning, audits and appeals and transactions.


Statement of Practice Summary:
General Civil and Administrative Practice including Antitrust, Aviation, Cable Television, Commercial TV and Radio Broadcasting, Communications, Compensation and Benefits, Corporate, Employee Relations/Benefits, Educational Institutions, Environmental, Estate Planning and Administration, Financial Institutions, Government Contracts, Government Relations, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Media and Information Technology, Labor, Legislation, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Non-Profit Institutions, Public Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Real Estate, Satellite Communications, Securities, Telecommunications and Telephones and Tax.

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