Scott S. Patrick

Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Scott Patrick represents media, telecommunications and technology clients, primarily before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on regulatory, transactional and policy matters. He has counseled cable, wireless, broadcast, and broadband companies on a wide range of day-to-day and complex regulatory issues. Drawing on a breadth of experience, Scott understands the media and telecommunications industries and is particularly attentive to client needs. 

Select Experience

  • Represented and counseled hundreds of commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations and cable systems on day-to-day and technical regulatory matters, including licensing, permits, waivers and renewals.
  • Advocated wireless and broadcast spectrum issues before the FCC, and assisted in strategic policy planning. Actively participated in FCC rulemaking and developed industry support.
  • Participated in FCC review of wireless transactions as high as $3.9 billion. Engaged in broadband and competition policy analysis. Worked with economists and engineers to evaluate transaction impact.
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Experience

  • Represented and counseled hundreds of commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations and cable systems on day-to-day and technical regulatory matters, including licensing, permits, waivers and renewals.
  • Advocated wireless and broadcast spectrum issues before the FCC, and assisted in strategic policy planning. Actively participated in FCC rulemaking and developed industry support.
  • Participated in FCC review of wireless transactions as high as $3.9 billion. Engaged in broadband and competition policy analysis. Worked with economists and engineers to evaluate transaction impact.
  • Counseled broadcast television stations on channel repack matters and lobbied policy issues at the FCC, including international coordination. Participated in rulemaking and legislative initiatives, advised on implementation, negotiated channel agreements and obtained favorable regulatory waivers.
  • Counseled cable clients on digital television and technology implementation, including carriage, navigation device, enforcement, multicast and channel placement obligations.
  • Negotiated sales of wireless towers and broadcast stations. Prepared associated contracts and advised on transaction structures. Secured regulatory approvals and rule waivers, and defended against oppositions. Supervised due diligence.
  • Represented and advised clients on spectrum auction matters before the FCC, including controversies such as auction and bidding structures. Counseled on compliance issues and participated in rulemaking.
  • Advised financial institutions and investors on spectrum interference disputes impacting the technology industry.
  • Represented clients before congressional and FCC staffs in a “white spaces” spectrum dispute. Collaborated on legislative and regulatory strategies and implementation. Participated in FCC rulemaking proceeding.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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Prior Positions

  • Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau: Attorney (2012 to 2016)
  • Dow Lohnes, PLLC: Partner (1996 to 2012)
  • Naval Research Laboratory: Engineer (1989 to 1993)

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1990
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1987