Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP welcomes Lee G. Petro, a communications lawyer, as Of Counsel to the firm’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group in Washington, D.C.

Petro focuses his practice on representing broadcasters and wireless service providers before the FCC.  He represented television clients in rolling out their digital television service, and has worked on the cutting edge of moving radio clients to fixed wireless broadband service providers — helping clients in New Mexico and Alaska lead the transition to two-way broadband service.  He also represents commercial and noncommercial radio clients, assisting in the development of strategies for broadcast auctions, noncommercial filing windows, and in FM re-allotment proceedings.

“Lee brings with him valuable skills and experience that provide us with additional depth when serving the broadcast industry,” said Dick Edge, head of the firm’s Telecommunications & Mass Media Team.  “His practice enhances our ability to serve those clients in all matters — from day-to-day business issues to major technology advancements and mergers and acquisitions.”

Petro is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and its nonprofit charitable and educational organization, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation, having served on the Board of Trustees and as chair of the FCBA Foundation and co-chair of several FCBA committees during his career.  Laura Phillips, chair of Drinker Biddle’s Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group, is president-elect of the FCBA. 

“Lee is a leader among his colleagues in the communications bar,” Phillips said.  “We’re very happy to have him on board.” 

Petro earned his law degree from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of CommLaw Conspectus, The Journal of Communications and Law Policy, and his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.  From 1999 to 2002, Petro worked as an associate with Gardner Carton & Douglas, which merged with Drinker Biddle in 2007.

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