Paul Besozzi concentrates his practice in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the telecommunications field includes regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service and infrastructure providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

    Paul represents clients before the federal and state regulatory and policy-making agencies and organizations, including the Federal Communications Commission, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Congress and state public service commissions, in matters relating to rulemaking, ratemaking, licensing, adjudication, enforcement, compliance and grant opportunities, such as those that were available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    He also specializes in advising clients on regulatory compliance, enforcement, rulemaking and legislative issues relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Junk Fax Act overseen by the Federal Communications Commission, and works with litigation colleagues on these issues. He further works with applicants and appellants dealing with the Universal Administrative Company, particularly on E-Rate Program matters and data privacy and security requirements as applied to telecommunications carriers and broadband internet service providers.

    His extensive transactional experience includes asset and stock transactions and a broad variety of commercial and business agreements for the entities he advises, including spectrum leases, interconnection arrangements and wireless-infrastructure-related agreements.

    Paul was a partner in his own telecommunications law firm for a decade, after serving as general counsel and minority counsel to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. Paul served as a member and editor of the Georgetown Law Journal during law school and was elected Phi Beta Kappa while attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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    • Represented wireless licensees in various asset and other transactions totaling more than US$500 million.
    • Represented trade association in various state and federal proceedings setting network access rates.
    • Represented various appellants challenging USF funding decisions.
    • Represented telecom provider in connection with multijurisdictional regulatory approvals in four major ownership transactions.

    Education

    • George Washington University, M.B.A., 1977
    • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1972
    • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., cum laude, 1969

    Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 1973

    Courts

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Executive Board, HoyaGateway, 2015-present
    • Member, Board of Governors, Hoyas Unlimited, 2012-present
    • Director, Procurement Round Table, 1991-present
    • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association, 1984-present
    • Member, Board of Governors, Georgetown University Alumni Association, 1993-2015
    • Member, Board of Visitors, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2001-2012
    • President, Georgetown University Alumni Association, 2008-2010
    • Member, Board of Directors, Georgetown University, 2008-2010
    • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
    • Recognized as Arcritas Star Lawyer, 2017, 2018
    • Recognized as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Telecommunications, Super Lawyer magazine, 2012-2014, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
    • Recognized for Communications Law in The Best Lawyers in America
    • “Top Rated Lawyers,” The Wall Street Journal, December 2015
    • Recommended for Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory, The Legal 500, 2015
    • Profiled in “Legal Leaders: Washington DC and Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers,” ALM, 2013
    • Who’s Who In American Law
    • Who’s Who Among Practicing Attorneys
    • John Carroll Award for service to Georgetown University, April 2005
    • William Gaston Award for service to Georgetown University, January 1996

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    During his career, Paul periodically has authored various articles and reports in trade publications covering the wireless and other components of the telecommunications industry, as well as appearing on panels and at conferences. A sample of such efforts includes:

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