Lee G. Petro is Of Counsel to the firm’s Telecommunications & Mass Media Team in the Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group.
Lee focuses his practice on representing broadcasters, telephone companies and wireless service providers before the Federal Communications Commission. He has represented broadcasters and fixed wireless broadband service providers in their transition to digital service — helping clients in New Mexico and Alaska lead the transition to two-way broadband service. He works with BRS and EBS clients with regard to excess capacity leasing matters and related transactions, and routinely works on broadcast and wireless transactional matters, including asset purchase agreements, spectrum leasing arrangements, and interference reduction agreements. Lee also prosecutes trademark applications before the Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of his telecommunications clients, and has represented clients before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice relating to merger and acquisition issues.
Since 2009, Lee has served as pro bono counsel to the Martha Wright Petitioners in an FCC proceeding that has sought to end excessive telephone rates for inmate calling services. Lee has led a coalition of public interest organizations and the legal team that resulted in the August 2013 FCC decision that imposed price caps on the interstate ICS rates, and an annual reporting requirement for the service providers.
Lee is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and its nonprofit charitable and educational organization, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation. Lee is currently serving as Assistant Secretary of the FCBA. He also has served on the Board of Trustees and as chair of the FCBA Foundation and co-chair of several FCBA committees, including the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee, during his career. In 2013, Lee was named the FCBA Foundation’s “Volunteer of the Year” for his work on the Foundation’s College Scholarship Program.
Lee authors a monthly column in Radio Magazine, and has spoken on panels for the National Association of Broadcasters, state broadcast associations and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. A graduate of the Institute for Communications Law Studies at the Catholic University School of Law, Lee served as editor-in-chief of CommLaw Conspectus, The Journal of Communications and Law Policy, and was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of dicta…, The Columbus School of Law Student Magazine.