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Ari Fitzgerald
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building close working relationships.

“The small group dynamic of our practice has fostered close working relationships of the type often found at boutique law firms, without sacrificing the clear advantages that come from working in a global, full-service firm.”

- Ari Fitzgerald, Partner, Washington, D.C.

Focus

My practice focuses on communications regulatory law and policy. I practice before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the executive branch of government (specifically the White House, Commerce Department, and State Department), and legislators on Capitol Hill. I also practice before international regulatory agencies such as the International Telecommunication Union.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

I became familiar with Hogan Lovells’ predecessor, Hogan & Hartson, through my previous work in government. While serving in government, especially at the FCC, I often came into contact with lawyers from the firm. I grew to appreciate the firm’s reputation for high-quality work product and integrity.

When I joined the firm, I expected to work closely with a group of well-qualified, highly motivated, and well-respected lawyers on communications regulatory and other matters. My expectations have largely been exceeded.

Experience

Most firms do not have practices, such as mine, that combine communications law and policy, so I know I have had opportunities that I would not have had at other firms.

I am one of a small team of firm partners who have a particular emphasis on wireless and spectrum-based communications. My practice mainly focuses on laws and policies that apply to providers of wireless and satellite-based services. I represent clients in a large number of spectrum policy-related regulatory proceedings at the FCC and other U.S. and non-U.S. agencies with responsibility for communications policy, and I advise clients on a wide variety of communications-related policy and compliance matters. I represent many providers of wireless and satellite services, trade associations representing providers of wireless and satellite services, investors in those companies, and companies that are developing technologies for use in the provision of wireless and satellite services. Many of my clients are involved in developing new and cutting-edge communications technologies, services, and applications, and many are headquartered outside the United States.

My practice group currently consists of seven partners, two counsel, one senior advisor, nine associates, and two paralegals located in Washington, D.C., Brussels, and Berlin. I work on a regular basis with lawyers in Berlin and Paris who also represent communications companies. I enjoy the window into international communications policy developments that these collaborations make possible. The small group dynamic of our practice has fostered close working relationships of the type often found at boutique law firms, without sacrificing the clear advantages that come from working in a global, full-service firm.

People

Hogan Lovells values teamwork and mutual respect. Since joining the firm, I have received a tremendous amount of support from my colleagues. Lawyers in the Communications, Regulatory, and other firm practice groups have always been willing to pitch in and help with client projects and I have enjoyed getting to know the many smart, energetic, and interesting people who work here.

Hogan Lovells appreciates that its lawyers have personal lives and interests outside the law. I have developed several close friendships during my time at the firm and regularly socialize, play tennis, attend concerts, and participate in volunteer activities with my firm colleagues outside of work. The firm also encourages us to be good citizens. I am Deputy Co-Chair of the firm’s Citizenship Panel, which coordinates its philanthropic and pro bono activities and am very active in a number of civic, charitable, and volunteer organizations. I have always felt that the firm appreciated and supported such involvement.

Pro bono

The firm expects its lawyers to provide pro bono services and encourages them to bring pro bono opportunities to the firm. I have always received tremendous support on my pro bono projects from my colleagues. I have worked on a number of impactful pro bono projects over the years, including advising the Government of Sao Tome and Principe on reform of its mobile services sector; working with a number of Balkan, West African, and Southeast Asian countries on policies to expand access to telecommunications and broadband services; and a number of other projects to promote investment in the U.S. telecommunications sector by minorities, women, and small businesses.

Word to the wise

Hogan Lovells is a great firm that offers a wide range of opportunities for lawyers at all stages of their careers. It stands out among its peer firms because of its global reach, the strong reputation of its lawyers in their respective fields, and the wide diversity of its practice areas.

Lawyers at Hogan Lovells are willing to provide as many opportunities as one desires for professional and leadership development. Young lawyers who are willing to take the initiative and seek out such opportunities are generally very successful at the firm.