Helen E. Disenhaus

Helen E. Disenhaus

Of Counsel

Helen is a highly experienced attorney who is currently Of Counsel to the Firm.  She advises domestic and international clients in the telecommunications industry on transactional matters and on regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission and state and local regulatory bodies.  Her experience also includes advising clients on telecommunications regulatory matters involving international regulators and multi-national organizations.  She handles a wide range of legal matters for telecommunications companies and large users of telecommunications services, including general counseling on international and domestic telecommunications ventures and project development; federal regulatory issues and spectrum allocation matters; regulatory policy advocacy at the FCC and on Capitol Hill; communications-related litigation before the FCC, federal courts, and state public utility commissions; and a wide range of other transactions including mergers and acquisitions, capacity and equipment contracts, debt and equity placements, intercarrier arrangements, and interconnection agreements.

Helen specializes in devising innovative, pragmatic approaches to furthering her clients’ objectives in regulatory and transactional matters.  While knowledgeable in all areas of telecommunications, she has a particular expertise in submarine cable, satellite, and other international telecommunications matters, and in matters relating to the implementation of new technologies and spectrum uses.  She is well-regarded not only for the quality of her legal work and the breadth and depth of her experience, but also for her responsiveness and attention to the unique perspectives and requirements of individual clients.

Education

Yale Law School, J.D., 1977

Wesleyan University (CT), M.A.T., 1972

Mount Holyoke College, A.B., Cum Laude and with Great Distinction, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1970

Prior Experience

Communications Law Counsel, P.C., and predecessor firms, 2006-2014

Holland & Knight LLP, 2004-2005

Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP,  and predecessor firms, 1987-2004

Dow,  Lohnes & Albertson, 1977-1987

Fun Fact

Knows first-hand the world is full of wonderful coincidences.

Recent, Representative Matters

  • Representation of a large edge services provider in the development of multiple non-traditional international submarine cable projects.
  • Representation of a large edge services provider in numerous acquisitions of domestic and international fiber optic cable capacity.
  • Representation of a satellite operator in a NGSO satellite application proceeding.
  • Representation of a CLEC in multiple proceedings addressing inter-carrier compensation and robocalling issues

Practice Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Awards & Distinctions