Attorneys

Christine (“Chris”) McLaughlin

Senior Managing Attorney

t. (703) 714-1328

About

Christine McLaughlin has more than 20 years’ experience representing clients in a variety of communications and technology industries. She has worked for small communications “boutiques” and AMJUR 100 law firms, and has represented a wide array of clients, from small start-ups and non-profits to publicly traded companies. Ms. McLaughlin’s practice has focused on licensing and regulatory compliance matters before the Federal Communications Commission and state Public Utility Commissions, and on mergers, acquisitions and other transactional matters for telecommunications and media companies.

Representative Experience

  • Drafted and negotiated complex agreements and instruments, led due diligence teams and successfully obtained regulatory approvals for mergers and acquisitions of telecommunications and broadcasting companies totaling millions of dollars.
  • Created standard contract forms for enterprise software and hardware products, and successfully negotiated licensing and services agreements with a wide variety of enterprise customers, including businesses, hospitals, and governmental agencies.
  • Negotiated and drafted agreements for telecommunications and information technology products and services on behalf of various enterprises, including real estate developers and hotel chains, allowing them to improve on-site communications services and realize cost savings.
  • Assisted a major public transportation authority in drafting a Request for Proposal for system-wide wireless services, and in preparing and negotiating related contracts.
  • Advised investors and lead telecommunications regulatory due diligence review of a multinational satellite services provider, including review of licenses, permits and regulated assets in the U.S., as well as throughout portions of Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Assisted wireless equipment manufacturers in negotiating agreements with application developers and other providers of Internet services and products.
  • Advised and assisted wireless companies in nearly all facets of business, including filings with and reports to federal and state agencies, telecom-specific tax and regulatory fee issues, mergers & acquisitions, vendor contracts, customer contracts and some litigation matters.
  • Prepared telecommunications-related regulatory disclosures for numerous SEC filings of publicly traded telecom companies.
  • Successfully prosecuted hundreds of applications before the FCC and state Public Utility Commissions.
  • Advised participants and prospective applicants in FCC license auctions, including the one-time Incentive Auction for the reassignment of spectrum from television broadcasters for wireless telecommunications services.

Publications

Education

Ms. McLaughlin is a graduate of Fordham University, and earned her Juris Doctorate at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she also earned a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law.

Admissions

Ms. McLaughlin admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.  She is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.