Gail A. Karish focuses on telecommunications, assisting clients – mainly local governments and municipal utilities—with a wide range of matters, including: broadband and fiber network acquisitions; leases and indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreements; franchising and contract negotiations with cable, media and telecommunications companies; public-private partnerships and governance issues; pole attachment disputes; cell site leases; wireless facilities zoning and planning matters; and local, state and federal regulatory compliance. She 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.