Partner Laura H. Phillips has been named president-elect of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the leading organization for communications lawyers. Phillips’ election was announced at the Friday, June 10, FCBA Annual Meeting. Her term begins July 1 and allows her to prepare to serve as president of the bar association in 2012-2013.
Phillips, the chair of Drinker Biddle’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group and member of the Telecommunications & Mass Media Team, has served in a number of capacities for the 2,000 member organization, including secretary, executive committee member and co-chair of several committees. The FCBA is made up of lawyers, engineers, consultants, economists, government officials and law students who study, develop, interpret and practice communications and information technology law and policy.
At the firm, Phillips counsels wireless and wired technology entrepreneurs. She represents those clients on issues related to the development of new technologies, including devoting substantive attention to the development of spectrum auctions, network interconnection, access, universal service, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and regulatory matters stemming from communications service convergence, the growth of wireless services and the Internet. Phillips is also outside counsel to a major national wireless carrier, assisting in its process to reband the 800 MHz spectrum band through negotiations and mediations with hundreds of incumbent FCC licensees.
Phillips has over 20 years of experience working in the telecommunications market and has been recognized by Chambers USA as "strong in terms of leadership, industry knowledge, strategic thinking and work ethic."