Glenn Richards leads the law firm's Communications practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. He represents voice over internet protocol (VoIP) providers, cloud communications service providers, long distance carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, equipment manufacturers, private network operators, satellite operators, telecommunications trade associations, mobile application developers, wireless carriers, including MVNOs, and information service providers in transactional matters, and before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions and the International Telecommunication Union. He also represents banks, private equity firms and other investors in communications companies in managing the regulatory risks associated with mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and financings.
Mr. Richards is also a partner in the Global Sourcing practice, where he focuses on the negotiation of global telecommunications service contracts on behalf of large corporations. Mr. Richards clients include companies in the media, retail, financial services, consumer products, energy, real estate, legal and health care industries. Mr. Richards involvement includes evaluation of the existing telecommunications environment and marketplace, drafting of RFPs, evaluation of supplier responses and negotiation of the final contracts. Mr. Richards has negotiated with all major wireline and wireless carriers, including AT&T, Bandwidth.com, Bell Canada, CenturyLink, Level 3, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tata, TelMex, Telus, Time Warner and Verizon.
Mr. Richards is the author of numerous articles on telecommunications and is a frequent speaker on telecommunications issues such as broadband policy, the IP transition, VoIP, universal service, CALEA, and the local and interexchange markets.
- Legal 500 US, Telecom & Broadcast (2010, 2013-2015)
- Who's Who Legal, Regulatory Communications—DC (2013)
American Bar Association; Federal Communications Bar Association
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Meeting Client Expectations, Telecom Settlements and Negotiations, Leading Lawyers on Structuring Deals, Resolving Disputes, and Facing Regulatory Issues in Telecommunications Law, published November 2006, by Aspatore Books (part of the Inside the Minds series)
Along with a team of Fisher, Wayland lawyers, co-authored the chapter on Government Regulation of Multimedia, in Scott, Multimedia Law and Practice (1994 Supplement, Prentice-Hall)