Gina Keeney offers clients strategic advice in high-stakes transactions and on a wide range of telecommunications policy issues. She has represented Sprint in its mergers with SoftBank and Clearwire, Globalstar in its successful effort to obtain flexibility for its spectrum, and Nextel in its merger with Sprint and the FCC’s complex 800 MHz rulemaking. She also has advised participants in FCC spectrum auctions. Gina has served as an expert witness in high-profile litigation and prepared witnesses for testimony before Congress.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading telecommunications lawyers by The Best Lawyers in America©, Legal 500, Lawyer Monthly Magazine, Super Lawyers® and other major publications, Gina has a top tier ranking in Chambers & Partners®. Chambers describes Gina as a “a hugely respected figure in the DC telecom space” with “strong market approval for her handling of cutting-edge policy, regulatory and transactional matters.”
Prior to joining Lawler, Metzger, Keeney & Logan, Gina played a prominent role in shaping U.S. telecommunications policy in several senior government positions. She served as the first Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where she was responsible for spectrum policy, and led a total of three FCC Bureaus. As Chief of the International Bureau, Gina was responsible for international and satellite communications policy and licensing as well as for representing the Commission with foreign regulators, communications ministries, and international organizations. Gina led the FCC’s implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a dramatic overhaul of telecommunications policy, as Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau. She also served for nine years as Counsel and Chief Counsel for Communications to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, where she advised on nominations and issues relating to telecommunications policy and legislation.