Ron Quirk

Senior Managing Attorney

About

Ronald E. Quirk, Jr. is Head of The CommLaw Group’s Internet of Things & Connected Devices Practice Group. Mr. Quirk’s career spans more than 20 years, including several years at AMLAW 100 firms and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). He has successfully represented clients ranging from small proprietorships to Fortune 500 corporations in matters before the FCC, Department of Justice (“DoJ”), Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), Department of Transportation (“DoT”), Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), state public utility commissions (“PUCs”), international regulatory entities, and state and federal courts.

Mr. Quirk’s focuses his practice on a variety of legal and regulatory matters that are of particular importance to Internet of Things (“IoT”) businesses seeking to solidify and expand their markets, including: spectrum procurement; FCC licensing; privacy and cybersecurity; telecommunications contracts; 5G infrastructure siting and related smart city issues; autonomous vehicle regulatory requirements; radiofrequency (“RF”) equipment compliance; digital signage regulatory requirements; RF equipment experimental licensing; commercial wireless technology standards; E911 and other public safety requirements; and broadband deployment to commercial and residential buildings.

Mr. Quirk has published several articles and white papers on various topical telecommunications issues, including: FCC compliance, spectrum auctions, wireless telecommunications tax, unlicensed telecommunications, state and federal privacy laws, equipment authorization and marketing, and bankruptcy.

About

Ronald E. Quirk, Jr. is Head of The CommLaw Group’s Internet of Things & Connected Devices Practice Group. Mr. Quirk’s career spans more than 20 years, including several years at AMLAW 100 firms and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). He has successfully represented clients ranging from small proprietorships to Fortune 500 corporations in matters before the FCC, Department of Justice (“DoJ”), Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), Department of Transportation (“DoT”), Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), state public utility commissions (“PUCs”), international regulatory entities, and state and federal courts.

Mr. Quirk’s focuses his practice on a variety of legal and regulatory matters that are of particular importance to Internet of Things (“IoT”) businesses seeking to solidify and expand their markets, including: spectrum procurement; FCC licensing; privacy and cybersecurity; telecommunications contracts; 5G infrastructure siting and related smart city issues; autonomous vehicle regulatory requirements; radiofrequency (“RF”) equipment compliance; digital signage regulatory requirements; RF equipment experimental licensing; commercial wireless technology standards; E911 and other public safety requirements; and broadband deployment to commercial and residential buildings.

Mr. Quirk has published several articles and white papers on various topical telecommunications issues, including: FCC compliance, spectrum auctions, wireless telecommunications tax, unlicensed telecommunications, state and federal privacy laws, equipment authorization and marketing, and bankruptcy.

Representative Experience

  • Facilitated successful multimillion dollar merger of the two largest messaging carriers in the U.S. Tasks included preparing FCC license transfer application & exhibits, drafting antitrust documents and preparing extensive whitepaper on FCC wireless matters including the state of competition in the messaging industry.
  • Negotiated and drafted transactional documents such as interconnection agreements; roaming contracts; asset purchase agreements; spectrum leasing, partitioning and disaggregation contracts; service agreements; vendor contracts; equipment lease and purchase agreements; and RFP responses.
  • Obtained U.S. and international authorizations for wireless and satellite services.
  • Advised clients on public safety and private wireless regulatory matters.
  • Assisted clients in spectrum auction proceedings and oversaw spectrum process while at FCC.
  • Advised RF equipment manufacturers, importers and vendors on U.S. and international regulatory compliance regarding testing, authorization, marketing and importation.
  • Successfully negotiated FCC rule waivers on behalf of wireless clients.
  • Represented clients in federal rulemaking proceedings to protect them from the encroachment of government overreach, streamline existing regulations, and preserve their access to 5G spectrum.
  • Assisted commercial businesses, including the hospitality industry, on wireless broadband & private network deployment.
  • Defended clients in all phases of FCC
  • Enforcement Bureau proceedings, safeguarding clients’ rights when the FCC alleges rule violations.
  • Advocated on behalf of clients in FCC formal and informal complaint proceedings.
  • Assisted clients in gaining access to necessary infrastructure, such as rights-of-way, utility poles and conduits, commercial buildings, and wireless structures.

Publications

  • Author: “Maintaining HIPAA Compliance While Preparing for HIPAA Audits,” Health IT Security, June 24, 2015;
  • “Much Ado About Spectrum,” Wireless Design and Development, May 2008;
  • “Open Access at 700 MHz: Opening Doors for Mobile Devices,” Wireless Design and Development, January 2008;
  • “The DTV Transition: Unlimited Equipment Opportunities,” Wireless Design and Development, July 2007;
  • “Unlicensed Communications Products and the FCC: Deploy Carefully – the Network you save could be your Own,” Wireless Design and Development, February 2007;
  • “Barcodes on Steroids; The Perceived Mandatory Microchip Implant Threat and Other Reasons for RFID Privacy Laws,” Techlink, August 2006;
  • “FCC Compliance Challenges,” RFID Journal, May 25, 2006;
  • “Don’t Get Behind the Regulatory Eight-Ball,” RFID Journal, April 11, 2005;
  • “FTC Doesn’t Want to Get Involved in Rulemaking for now, Neither Do GOP Senators,” RFID Operations, May 2005;
  • “Regulatory Roundup” Monthly Column, RFID Operations, April 2005 – August 2005;

Education

Mr. Quirk is a graduate with distinction from George Mason University(1988), and he earned his Juris Doctorate from Catholic University School of Law in 1994, where he also earned a Certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies.   While at Catholic, Mr. Quirk was Lead Article Editor for the communications legal journal, CommLaw Conspectus.

Admissions

Mr. Quirk is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Practices

  • Internet of Things & Connected Devices
  • Telecommunications, VoIP, and Advanced Communications Services
  • Satellite: Land Mobile, Marine and Aero
  • Internet Law & E-Commerce
  • International Telecommunications
  • Corporate, Contracts and Commercial Transactions
  • Broadband Networks and Internet Applications
  • Cloud Computing and Communications (SaaS / CaaS / IaaS)
  • Wireless Communications and MVNOs