Sharon Monahan handles a wide variety of matters for communications clients including FCC regulatory compliance and the implementation of federal, state and local laws impacting cable television operations.
Sharon also advises public and private companies in creating integrated compliance programs to manage legal risk. Sharon calls upon the expertise of Edwards Wildman practitioners who advise our clients in areas including governance, data privacy and security, employment and labor, anti-corruption, intellectual property, and antitrust to provide consistent and comprehensive implementation of customized compliance programs for clients.
Sharon also provides legal counsel to non-profit organizations in governance matters and compliance with requirements for charitable organizations.
•Sharon has assisted clients in obtaining FCC and related state and local regulatory approvals for numerous significant transactions, including Time Warner Inc./AOL, Time Warner Cable/Comcast/Adelphia, and the spin-off of Time Warner Cable from Time Warner Inc.
•Sharon advises chief compliance officers and other compliance professionals in on an ongoing basis in coordination of policy review and drafting, assessment of risk, program planning and implementation.
•For some of the nation's largest communications providers, Sharon has advised in the development of policies and drafted contracts governing providers' relationships with residential and commercial customers for cable, telecommunications, Internet, and wireless services.
•Sharon has drafted and negotiated hundreds of cable television franchise agreements with municipalities of all sizes in almost every state. Most recently, she has advised clients in obtaining state certifications. She has also negotiated and drafted local rights-of-way agreements in numerous states for the delivery of communications services.
•As in house counsel, Sharon guided all levels of management through negotiation of communications contracts. On an ongoing basis, she advises clients in compliance with constantly changing FCC rules and regulations governing areas such as customer service and notice requirements, emergency alert and closed captioning requirements, cable home wiring requirements, nonbroadcast programming requirements as well as FCC recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
•Sharon has advised an institution of higher education and its Washington-based public policy institute on a variety of nonprofit governance matters including guiding staff and board members in the implementation of best practices.
•While in the toy industry, Sharon negotiated domestic and international copyright and trademark license agreements, sourcing, distribution and manufacturing agreements, inventor agreements, software license agreements, advertising and public relations agreements, and celebrity service agreements. She also developed company policies for protection of intellectual property worldwide.
Before Edwards Wildman
Sharon was a Partner at Fleischman & Harding, a Washington, DC communications firm. Previously, she served as Vice-President, Legal Affairs for Century Communication Corp. She is also former in-house counsel to Hasbro, Inc. and served as Assistant General Counsel to Kenner-Parker Toys, Inc.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Sharon spent eight years as a director of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), a national organization for executive women. She also served as the national chair of WICT and, with the executive committee, she led the organization through strategic planning and a search for a new CEO. Sharon is a fellow in WICT's flagship Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and currently participates as a mentor for WICT in its Washington, DC chapter.
Originally from New England, Sharon resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where she is involved in a variety of civic, charitable and cultural activities. She currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of the restored Majestic Theater. Sharon is a lifelong swimmer. She also enjoys walking the historic battlefields and, with her husband, welcoming new and returning visitors to Gettysburg.