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Gail A. Karish

Partner

Los Angeles
300 South Grand Avenue
25th Floor
(213) 617-7491
Washington, DC
2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 5300
(213) 617-7491


Gail A. Karish is a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP who focuses on telecommunications, assisting clients – mainly local governments and municipal utilities—with a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters involving: broadband and fiber networks, leases and indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreements;  cable and telecom franchising, renewals and transfers; wireless facilities and right of way ordinances; cell site leases; encroachment agreements; pole attachment agreements and disputes; public-private partnerships and governance issues; and local, state and federal regulatory compliance. She advocates before the Federal Communications Commission and state utility commissions.

Prior to her private practice, Gail 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. 

Gail 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.

Gail speaks frequently to organizations on telecommunications topics, including 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.

Education

  • York University, LL.M.
  • McGill University, LL.B. and B.C.L.
  • American University, M.I.S.
  • University of Manitoba, Canada, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Ontario, Canada (inactive)

Awards

  • Profiles in Diversity Journal, Women Worth Watching (2015)
  • National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (NATOA) Ovation Award (2013)

Memberships

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (NATOA)
  • States of California & Nevada Chapter of NATOA (SCAN NATOA)
  • SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (SEATOA)
  • Washington State Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (WATOA)

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
Gail A. Karish
Partner
  • April 1, 2016, "Telecommunications Law Update," Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association
  • March 18, 2016, "Game of Drones: Everything You Need to Know About Using Drones," Alliance for Community Media Western States Region 2016 Conference
  • March 14, 2016. "Lighting the Way to Connected Communities,"  SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

  • June 18, 2014, Legislative and Regulatory Panel, States of California & Nevada Chapter (SCAN) of National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) 18th Annual Spring Conference and STAR Awards 

  • May 18, 2014, "Developments in Cable TV Franchising," International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Mid-Year Seminar

  • April 3, 2014, "Update on FCC Wireless Rulemaking (FCC 13-122), League of California Cities Transportation," Communications and Public Works Committee Quarterly Meeting

  • April 2, 2014, "Private Access to Public Rights-of-Way," Lorman Live Webinar

  • March 29, 2014, "How FCC Rules Could Affect Wireless Siting in Los Angeles And How You Can Affect Those Rules," City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County Biennial Spring Retreat

  • March 19, 2014, "Wireless Facility Regulatory Update," SCAN NATOA, Inc. Live Webinar

  • October 25, 2013, "Plenary Session: Cable – Broadband Policy Update," Alliance for Community Media (West) Annual Conference

  • October 24, 2013, "Surviving DIVCA: Who Has Survived and How Have They Done It?," Alliance for Community Media (West) Annual Conference, Special Preconference

  • October 17, 2013, "Private Access to Public Rights of Way," Lorman Audio Conference





Gail A. Karish
Partner

 

  • “Local Governments Feeling the Effects of Current Trends in Telecommunications Law” in Inside the Minds: Recent Developments in Telecommunications Law, Thomson Reuters, 2015
  • Wireless Industry Seeks to Limit Local Zoning Authority, Western City, April 2014
  • Cellular Antennas on Special District Property, CSDA Magazine, September 2013
  • The Explosion of Digital Information Needs: Is Your City Prepared?, PublicCEO.com, June 14, 2012
  • Wireless Antenna Issues, League of California Cities, Spring City Attorney's Conference, May 2012 (co-authors H. Steiner and J. Van Eaton)
  • “Communications Law Issues in Technology Projects and Contract Negotiations” in CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices, A. Shark, ed., pp. 215-28, Washington: Public Technology Institute, 2009 (co-author F. Ellrod).
  • “Copyright Office Issues Report to Congress Recommending Phase Out of Statutory Licenses Governing the Retransmission of Distant Over-the-Air Broadcast Signals” Multichannel Video Compliance Guide, August 2008.
  • “Taking Control of Your Communications Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Governments” 90 Public Management 26 (No. 6, July 2008) (co-author N. Miller).
 

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