Communications

Telecommunications really should be called telechange. Every aspect of the field is undergoing constant — and rapid — transformation: technology, service providers, regulations, infrastructure, even the type of content delivered. Few other elements of business — or daily life — are so volatile, yet so deeply embedded in every move we make. In this fiercely competitive environment, Mintz Levin offers you a map through the minefields, bringing our unique mix of skills and resources to the practice of communications law.

Mintz Levin provides seasoned representation before legislative and regulatory bodies and in court, and effective support in the array of negotiations that underpin your business activities and objectives. We pursue your interests aggressively, whether in positive win-win situations or more intense, adversarial must-win actions. You benefit from our counsel and advice on every aspect of your business, from regulatory and legislative proposals, to litigation, to day-to-day or complex commercial transactions including acquisitions, financings, and marketing activities.

Our communications clients include:

  • cable television companies
     
  • wireline and wireless service providers
     
  • programming networks
     
  • satellite operators
     
  • equipment manufacturers
     
  • online service and Internet companies
     
  • project management firms entering the telecommunications field
     
  • trade associations representing the cable, wireless, and competitive telephone industries.

We’ve advised and represented these clients in a broad range of regulatory, legislative, and litigation matters before the FCC, Congress, state public utility commissions, Executive Branch agencies, and federal and state courts, as well as on domestic and international business transactions.

At the Center of the Action—Washington, D.C.
Our Communications practice is based in our Washington, D.C., office. In addition to communications law, our D.C. office offers a full range of related capabilities, including corporate, litigation, antitrust, and intellectual property. In all these fields, we stress the proactive practice of law that has become Mintz Levin’s trademark.

Our Washington, D.C. team includes Charles D. Ferris, who served as Chairman of the FCC and chief counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and Speaker of the House Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Our Communications practice is chaired by Howard J. Symons, a communications industry veteran with 30 years experience. Before joining Mintz Levin, Howard served as Senior Counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the U.S. House of Representatives.

We Live in Your World.
The Regulatory and Legislative World. High tech and communications have become the economic backbone in every corner of the globe. No surprise then, that regulation and legislation affect virtually every aspect of the field, from the terms and conditions of service offerings to spectrum licensing and use. In this environment, you need the best resources to help you formulate positions and state your case. Mintz Levin has an excellent track record in regulatory and legislative representation. We bring knowledge of the issues, the industry, and the relevant personnel to your cause, approaching every challenge on multiple fronts.

Our team includes former government officials whose first-hand knowledge of telecommunications and media encompasses the legal and policy developments shaping the industry. We draw on this personal experience to help clients understand the institutions and people that will influence these policies. We also understand the frequent interplay between regulatory and legislative activity and the real-world business impact of government decisions.

The Transactional World. Our knowledge of the communications business isn’t limited to regulation. Mintz Levin’s corporate capability includes attorneys who specialize in communications transactions, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
     
  • financing arrangements
     
  • complex communications facilities and services procurement, leasing and licensing
     
  • telecommunications-related real estate transactions.

Technical, operational, regulatory, and industry-specific issues permeate communications transactions, and these issues often have significant financial meaning. Our corporate attorneys understand these issues and — working in tandem with our communications group — capture legal and regulatory nuances that are often overlooked.

As corporate and communications regulatory counsel, we represent:

  • buyers and sellers of communications properties
     
  • lenders to communications businesses
     
  • borrowers
     
  • investment banks in their capacity as underwriters, placement agents and investors
     
  • independent investors.

Mintz Levin has also helped clients address the complex issues presented by workouts, insolvency, and bankruptcy in the context of regulated communications companies.

The Litigation World. Mintz Levin’s litigators focus on winning — efficiently, and with accountability. In matters that require litigation in state and federal courts and before alternative dispute resolution tribunals, our clients benefit from our resourceful approaches, experienced advocacy, and solid understanding of the communications businesses in which they operate. Here, too, our involvement at every level of policymaking and business gives us unique insights into the best approach to appeals.

The Content, Data and Information Privacy and Protection World. We are proficient in privacy, security and confidentiality matters for data and voice transmissions, the distribution of high value video and audio content, personal identification information, and much more. With advancements in technology that make it possible to collect and collate more data about more people, privacy and security issues will only gain in prominence. Mintz Levin has advised a broad range of content owners and users, from broadcasters, cable and satellite operators, and programmers to mobile telephone companies, internet programmers, and digital music services.

Our experience embraces both traditional and new media intellectual property counseling, licensing and litigation.

The Bottom Line: Your World is Our World.
With substantive expertise acquired through decades of practice, Mintz Levin’s communications, corporate, litigation, antitrust, intellectual property, and real estate groups, augmented by our government relations affiliate ML Strategies, LLC, are ready to meet the sophisticated legal needs of communications businesses. From law and policy to acquisitions and financings, antitrust counseling, and the structuring of new telecommunications ventures, our comprehensive services help ensure that your company meets — and exceeds — ambitious goals.

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Diversity

Our attorneys and staff may come from many ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds, but when it comes to pursuing success for our clients and ourselves, we are cut from the same cloth. We know overcoming challenges, both legal and professional, takes dedication and support from our colleagues.

 

Founded in 1933, when it was almost impossible for a diverse attorney to thrive at one of Boston’s larger law offices, Mintz Levin was established by two young Jewish attorneys who knew how it felt to be excluded. The firm’s commitment to diversity is a natural outgrowth of their struggle to carve out a more inclusive professional path -- a history that helps explain our dedication to celebrating the differences that create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in which to practice law.

My father and his partners were committed to building a firm that was inclusive and progressive in terms of its approach to diversity. He often reminded me that as an immigrant child from the age of six, he had benefited from opportunities, and that it was his joyful duty ‘to give back.’

— Richard Mintz (1921 – 2011)

We strive to support diverse attorneys and have formal and informal mentoring programs to help diverse attorneys succeed. Mintz Levin’s Professional Development programs support the professional growth of our attorneys, with specific programs for women and minority attorneys.

 

Mintz Levin is a demonstrated leader in promoting the rights of women, people of color, and the LGBT community. Our core values spell out our goal of creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in which to practice law or work in the legal profession.

 

Quick Facts

  • Women lead numerous practices at Mintz Levin.
  • Nearly half of the attorneys at the firm are women.
  • Percentages of women Members and Associates at the firm exceed the NALP average for firms of a similar size.
  • In 1993 — a decade before it was mandated by the legislature — the firm was one of the first to offer health benefits for same-sex domestic partners.
  • In 1986, two Mintz Levin partners were instrumental in creating the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG), a nonprofit organization founded by a consortium of major Boston firms committed to improving the hiring and retention of lawyers of color.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Gold Standard Certification from Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Top Ten Family Friendly Firms by the Yale Law Women
  • Top 20 Law Firms in the US for diversity efforts by Vault 
  • Score of 100% on Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign
  • Corporate Courage Award from the City of Boston 

 

There was a partner here with a large number of higher education clients. It was great to be able to raise my hand and say, ‘I’m interested in learning that,’ and then have the firm say, ‘We won’t look outside for this capability; we’ll see how you develop.

— Tyrone Thomas, Associate

 

Diversity Initiatives

  • The Diversity Committee reflects the firm’s diversity and meets monthly to formulate and adopt policies that impact recruiting, retention, mentoring, and work allocation.
  • Richard Mintz Scholarship is awarded to a first-year law student of color and provides $10,000 toward the student’s second year of tuition, a paid summer position at the firm between the student’s first and second years, and an ongoing work relationship with the firm throughout the student’s second year.
  • The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Group has been meeting regularly since 2003 and provides opportunities for mutual support, sharing concerns, and informal mentoring for the firm’s LGBT attorneys and staff members.
  • MIATTY is an affinity group for minority attorneys and senior professionals that seeks to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the firm. MIATTY has been meeting on a quarterly basis for over a decade.
  • The Women’s Initiative sponsors numerous professional, networking, and social events aimed at supporting and enriching the lives of our female attorneys.
  • The Sponsor & Retention Program helps Associates of color build long-term careers at Mintz Levin by pairing them with a sponsoring Member, helping them develop a network within the firm, and helping them build supportive, collegial relationships with their

 

Diversity Partnerships

 

We participate in and support numerous diversity-related efforts throughout the country aimed at recruiting and supporting the professional development of diverse attorneys and promoting diversity.

 

In addition to hosting an annual interview workshop in Boston for law students of color, the firm participates in job fairs for students of color in Boston and DC, and the National LGBT Law Association’s Lavender Law Job Fair. We also participate in the Boston Lawyers Group 1L Summer Diversity Clerkship Program.

 

Partners in Diversity Nationwide

·         American Intellectual Property Association Education Foundation

·         Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Law (ALPFA)

·         Athena San Diego

·         Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth (BAGLY)

·         The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG)

·         Boston University Law School Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)

·         The Commonwealth Compact

·         DC Minority Attorney Networking Series

·         Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association

·         Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

·         Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP)

·         Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

·         Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF)

·         Korean American Bar Association of San Diego

·         Lambda Legal

·         Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association

·         Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)

·         National Black Law Students Association

·         The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association

·         New York Asian Women’s Center

·         New York Minority Attorney Networking Series

·         La Raza Lawyers of San Diego

·         South Asian Bar Association (SABA)

·         Women Lawyers Alliance

 

 

Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship

The Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship is designed to help make our workplace and profession more diverse. Named in memory of Richard Mintz, a partner in the firm for 57 years and the son of one of the firm’s original members, the scholarship provides the recipient with a paid summer position in the firm’s Boston office, $10,000 toward the second year of law school, and a continuing working relationship with our firm  throughout that year.¿¿

 

"My father and his partners took their responsibility very seriously -- to build a firm that was inclusive and progressive in terms of its approach to diversity," said Richard Mintz.

 

 

Diversity Committee

 

The Diversity Committee’s mission is to understand and value diversity in our firm and clients and to integrate diversity into our vision, culture, business, mission, policies, and practices.

 

We weave our mission into the firm’s strategic planning and direction. We are responsible for leading the firm’s ongoing diversity efforts. In addition to focusing on expanding opportunities at the firm for attorneys and staff who are of color, women, or part of the LGBT community, we are committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and throughout our communities.