Gail A. Karish is an attorney in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group in the firm’s Ontario office. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, she was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a nationally recognized telecommunications law firm.
Ms. Karish advises local governments and numerous municipal utility clients on a wide range of cable and telecommunications law matters. This includes franchising and contract negotiations with cable, media and telecommunications companies, local, state and federal regulatory compliance, such as wireless zoning and pole attachments, interlocal cooperation and governance issues, network acquisitions, expansions, and service agreements. Ms. Karish also assists with drafting ordinances and legislation, advocacy before the Federal Communications Commission, state utility commissions, and related litigation.
Prior to her private practice, Ms. Karish worked in-house at the Miami-based long distance telecommunications carrier and subsidiary of Entel-Chile where she was responsible for state and federal licensing and regulatory compliance matters, and corporate and commercial contracts associated with the company’s launch of retail and wholesale telecommunications and internet services serving the U.S. Hispanic market.
Ms. Karish started her legal career in the energy sector in Canada at Ontario Hydro, a large government-owned electric utility. She represented the utility at environmental and rate tribunals. She then assisted the utility’s international division to develop and implement an international investment strategy, focused on privatization opportunities in Latin America, and was instrumental in the company's 1994 acquisition and management of a Peruvian electric utility.
Ms. Karish has made numerous public speaking engagements including at the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the California Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, the American Public Power Association, the Bay Area Technology Forum, and the Alliance for Community Media.