Michael Donahue

Partner

About

Mr. Donahue has more than 20 years experience advising businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in the communications, technology, and software industries in nearly all aspects of their operation. Through his unique combination of in-house and outside counsel experiences serving some of the nation’s top communications service providers, Mr. Donahue has developed a proven record for delivering strategically sound, pragmatic management and proactive strategies for business clients. Mr. Donahue’s experience includes:

    • Formation, market entry, and market exit
    • Mergers/transfer of control, asset sales, financing and security arrangements
    • Drafting and negotiating wholesale and retail commercial agreements, including customer, vendor, service and sales contracts, and non-disclosure agreements
    • Advising clients regarding federal, state, and international data protection, security, and law enforcement regulations
    • Litigation and dispute resolution

About

Mr. Donahue has more than 20 years experience advising businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in the communications, technology, and software industries in nearly all aspects of their operation. Through his unique combination of in-house and outside counsel experiences serving some of the nation’s top communications service providers, Mr. Donahue has developed a proven record for delivering strategically sound, pragmatic management and proactive strategies for business clients. Mr. Donahue’s experience includes:

    • Formation, market entry, and market exit
    • Mergers/transfer of control, asset sales, financing and security arrangements
    • Drafting and negotiating wholesale and retail commercial agreements, including customer, vendor, service and sales contracts, and non-disclosure agreements
    • Advising clients regarding federal, state, and international data protection, security, and law enforcement regulations
    • Litigation and dispute resolution

Representative Experience

  • Cloud Communications solutions
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state public utility commission (PUC) advocacy, including rulemakings, declaratory petitions, adjudications, enforcement matters and formal and informal complaints
  • Market entry, including licensing, tariffs and network access agreements, and market exit
  • Mergers/transfer of control, asset sales, financing and security arrangements
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial agreements
  • Communications taxation and regulatory fee matters, including Universal Service Fund (USF) issues
  • FCC and state regulatory and tax audits
  • Regulatory compliance and reporting
  • Numbering issues

Publications

  • Interview, Does the FBI Need to Wiretap Websites to Do a Good Job?, WebPronews, May, 18, 2012
  • Quoted, The FBI is Hoping to Wiretap Internet Services – Should it be Allowed?, WebProNews, May 18, 2012

Education

Mr. Donahue is a graduate of the University of Southern California and received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

Admissions

Mr. Donahue is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Member of FCBA.

Practices

  • Cyber Security and CALEA
  • Telecommunications, VoIP, and Advanced Communications Services
  • Satellite: Land Mobile, Marine and Aero
  • Internet of Things & Connected Devices
  • Internet Law & E-Commerce
  • International Telecommunications
  • Information Privacy, Data Security and Consumer Protection
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  • Corporate, Contracts and Commercial Transactions
  • Communications Taxes and Fees
  • Communications Infrastructure and Access
  • Cloud Computing and Communications (SaaS / CaaS / IaaS)
  • Broadband Networks and Internet Applications
  • Telemarketing & Mass Market Sales
  • USAC Compliance, Audit Preparation and Defense
  • Wireless Communications and MVNOs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Moderator, CALEA Compliance for VoIP and Cloud Communications Providers, Law Seminars International (July 2013)
  • “The Growing Importance of Terms Addressing Cybersecurity and Law Enforcement Data Gathering,” Speaker, Strategies for Navigating Risks in Data and Technology Transactions, Best Approaches For Identifying And Allocating Risks In Technology Contracts, Law Seminars International (March 2014)
  • “CALEA Compliance for VoIP and Cloud Communications Providers”, Moderator, Law Seminars International (July 2013)