Jack Richards: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Jack Richards

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Telecommunications
    University Pennsylvania State University, B.A., with distinctions, 1972
    Law SchoolPenn State, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1975
    Admitted1975, Pennsylvania; 1988, District of Columbia

    Federal Communication Bar Association


    Prior to joining Keller and Heckman LLP in 1986, Jack Richards served for 10 years as an Attorney at the Federal Communications Commission, where he held senior policy and management positions, including Legal Assistant to Commissioner Mimi Weyforth Dawson, Chief of the Enforcement Branch, Legal Advisory and Enforcement Division, and Chief of the Rules Branch, Land Mobile and Microwave Division, of the Private Radio (now Wireless Telecommunications) Bureau.

    Mr. Richards represents petroleum and natural gas companies, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, mobile radio and microwave operators, trade associations and others at the FCC and elsewhere on licensing, regulatory, and telecommunications transactional matters.

    He works with investor-owned electric utilities and rural electric cooperatives on pole attachment matters, including drafting, reviewing, and negotiating pole attachment and joint use agreements.

    Mr. Richards serves as counsel to the American Petroleum Institute (API) on telecommunications matters before the FCC and as the General Counsel of the Energy, Telecommunications and Electrical Association (ENTELEC). His clients also include the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which he has represented before the FCC since 1986.

    Mr. Richards was selected in 2014 and again in 2015 as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in the Communications category. Annually, no more than five percent of the lawyers in each state or territory are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

    In 2015, he received the Corporate LiveWire Award in the category of Telecommunications - Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Richards is AV PreeminentTM Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - the highest ranking available indicating professional excellence.

    Jun 20, 2014 Lincoln Assassination Tour for Summer Associates
    May 05, 2014 Jack Richards Named 2014 Super Lawyer
    Dec 27, 2013 Jack Richards Authors Article on The Spectrum Disconnect at the FCC in Pipeline & Gas Journal
    Nov 12, 2013 Keller and Heckman Partners Jack Richards and Greg Kunkle Author Article for Radio Resource Magazine
    Sep 18, 2013 Jack Richards, Dawn Livingston, and Wes Wright Will Attend the ENTELEC Fall Meeting
    Jun 18, 2013 Keller and Heckman's Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts
    Apr 09, 2013 Keller and Heckman Attorneys to Attend and Speak at ENTELEC Spring Conference

    Mar 10, 2015 Complimentary Pole Attachment Update Webinar
    Apr 17, 2014 FCC Continues Tower Enforcement: K&H Webinar - Know Your Tower ABCs
    Jan 17, 2013 Registration is Closed - A Keller and Heckman Webinar Assessing Pole Attachment Appeal
    May 15, 2012 ENTELEC 2012 Conference and Expo
    Oct 04, 2011 Register Today! - Pole Attachment Strategies for Electric Utilities Webinar (October 4, 2011)
    May 24, 2011 ENTELEC 2011 Conference and Expo
    Apr 13, 2010 ENTELEC 2010 Conference and Expo

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    Dec 29, 2014 Happy Holidays From the Telecommunications Practice Group
    Dec 01, 2014 Jack Richards Authors Article FCC Order Frustrates CII Entities in MissionCritical Magazine
    Sep 15, 2014 The Energy Industry Deserves Adequate Spectrum Resources
    Mar 31, 2014 Pole Attachment Jurisdiction, Private Broadband, FCC Fees
    Jan 13, 2014 Telecom Predictions for 2014 -- Vol XI Issue 2
    Dec 27, 2013 Jack Richards Authors Article on The Spectrum Disconnect at the FCC in Pipeline & Gas Journal
    Dec 23, 2013 Happy Holidays! -- Volume X, Issue 52


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    911 Reliability Rules, Drone Privacy, Millimeter Wave Radar Frequencies, FirstNet Meeting, Complimentary Webinars: Pole Attachments and Emergency Communications, Vol XII, Issue 10
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Tracy P. Marshall,Jack Richards, April 6, 2015
    Last week the FCC released an Order extending the Comment and Reply Comment period for its proposed rules governing the reliability of 911 infrastructure. The proposed rules expand those adopted by the FCC last year in a number of ways. (Vol. XI, Issue 18). For example, the new rules would expand...

    911 Reliability, Net Neutrality, Drones, Muni Broadband, and FirstNet - Vol. XII, Issue 13
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Tracy P. Marshall,Jack Richards, April 1, 2015
    More than two dozen parties filed comments in response to the FCC’s proposed rules to enhance the reliability of the nation’s 911 infrastructure. The proposed rules would expand the scope of entities subject to the FCC’s reliability rules to include all entities that provide 911,...

    "Net Neutrality" Proposal, 911 Wireless Location Rules, AWS-3 Auction is Good News for FirstNet, FCC Considers Preempting State Muni Broadband Laws, FCC Fines Land Mobile Licensee for Unauthorized Operation, Vol XII, Issue 6
    C. Douglas Jarrett,Gregory E. Kunkle,Thomas B. Magee,Tracy P. Marshall,Jack Richards, March 27, 2015
    Last week, FCC Chairman Wheeler released a Fact Sheet and published an article in Wired Magazine outlining his proposed net neutrality rules. The Chairman¿s proposal would reclassify broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service subject to regulation by the FCC under Title II of...

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    Jack Richards

    Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
    WashingtonDC 20001


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