Carl W. Northrop
Carl W. Northrop
Phone: (202) 789-3113
Carl W. Northrop
specializes in the representation of companies in the telecommunications industry, with a particular emphasis on the wireless telecommunications and common carrier sectors.
represents mobile and fixed service providers of broadband and narrowband services delivered over wireline networks, terrestrial wireless systems, satellites and the internet.
recently has been selected by his
peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice of Communications Law, and currently is listed in Super Lawyers in the Communications, Administrative Law and Mergers and Acquisitions specialties.
also was recognized in April 2010 by DC Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the Washington, D.C. area for excellence in Communications Law based on peer reviews.
Mr. Northrop handles diverse legal matters for communications companies, including general counseling on federal regulatory issues, regulatory policy advocacy at the Federal Communications Commission
(the FCC) and on Capitol Hill, licensing work (including representation in FCC
spectrum auctions), communications-related litigation before the FCC
, federal courts, local courts and state public utility commissions, international telecommunications ventures, and a wide range of other communications-related transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equipment contracts, public and private debt and equity placements, intercarrier arrangements, interconnection agreements, agency and resale contracts, mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) arrangements, construction and management agreements, and communications-related trademark arrangements.
broad-based practice also encompasses the representation of suppliers of goods and services to the telecommunications industry including financial institutions (banks, underwriters, private equity and venture capital firms), equipment manufacturers, billing and software suppliers, application providers, communications tower and site owners and engineering firms.
In addition, Mr. Northrop
has represented both service providers and purchasers in major contracts for communications services, and has acted both as an arbitrator and as an expert witness in various disputes arising out of communications contracts.
r. Northrop graduated with high distinction in 1972 from the University of Michigan from which he received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree.
He received his Juris Doctor in 1976 from the Georgetown University Law Center where he served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
While at Georgetown, Mr. Northrop
was the recipient of both the Best Brief and Best Oral Advocate awards in the Beaudry Cup moot court competition.
As a member of the District of Columbia Bar, Mr. Northrop is admitted and qualified to practice before the D.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
He is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
Mr. Northrop is a member of the Board of Governors of the Georgetown University Alumni Associations, and a member emeritus of the Alumni Board of the Georgetown University Law Center.
He has served for many years as a director of the House of Ruth, a charitable organization that operates 13 facilities in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to helping women, children and families overcome childhood trauma, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health disorders and substance abuse.
also has an active pro bono practice devoted to child custody, adoption and guardianship cases in the family courts in DC and Maryland.