Prior to joining Keller and Heckman LLP, 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, 2015 and again in 2016 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 Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - the highest ranking available indicating professional excellence.
Mar 07, 2016 Jack Richards and Greg Kunkle Quoted in Mission Critical Article 3 Secondary Market Spectrum Opportunities for Critical Infrastructure
Oct 27, 2015 Jack Richards to Present at Heartland Group Conference
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
Feb 11, 2016 Webinar: 2016 Spectrum Update
Mar 10, 2015 Complimentary Pole Attachment Update Webinar
Apr 17, 2014 Webinar: FCC Continues Tower Enforcement: Know Your Tower ABCs
Apr 29, 2009 ENTELEC 2009 Conference and Expo
Feb 19, 2016 Pole Attachment Bill of Rights for Electric Utilities
Aug 01, 2015 Jack Richards and Thomas Magee Author Article Pole Attachments: Here We Go Again in UTC Journal
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