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Gail A. Karish


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

Gail A. Karish is a telecommunications attorney who advises local governments and municipal utilities on a wide range of cable and telecommunications law matters, including broadband and fiber network acquisitions, leases and irrevocable right of use (IRU) agreements; franchising and contract negotiations with cable, media and telecommunications companies; wireless facilities zoning and planning matters;  pole attachment disputes; interlocal cooperation and governance issues; and local, state and federal regulatory compliance. She also drafts ordinances and legislation and advocates before the Federal Communications Commission and state utility commissions. Gail is a member of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, she was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a nationally recognized telecommunications law firm.

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.


  • York University, LL.M. (1997)
  • McGill University, LL.B. and B.C.L. (1989)
  • American University, M.I.S. (2004)
  • University of Manitoba, Canada, B.A. (1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, Canada (1991 - inactive)
  • California (2006)


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


  • Spanish
  • French
Gail A. Karish

  • 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
  • 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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