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.