Gail A. Karish

Partner

Tel: (213) 617-7491

Location(s)

At a Glance

Gail represents public agencies in a wide range of telecommunications matters.

 

She helps clients with matters involving broadband and fiber networks, cable and telecom franchising, wireless communications and public-private partnerships.

 

Gail speaks frequently to organizations on telecommunications topics.

Gail A. Karish is a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP who focuses on telecommunications, assisting clients in California and across the country with a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters involving broadband and fiber networks, cable and telecom franchising, wireless communications and public-private partnerships.
 
Gail’s clients are mainly public agencies, such as local governments, water districts and municipal utilities. Public agencies can serve a variety of roles in relation to telecommunications infrastructure – regulator, owner, service provider, customer, partner – and Gail’s clients come to her for advice and guidance on issues that arise in all these contexts. She also represents some cooperatives, nonprofits and small competitive providers. Gail’s telecommunications practice regularly involves:

 

Regulatory Advice and Advocacy

  • Advice on compliance with federal and state wireless siting laws, shot clocks and other regulations affecting individual permit applications
  • Revision of local codes, applications and processes governing wireless facilities siting and right of way permitting
  • Assistance in broadband planning, and in revising master plans, local ordinances and regulatory processes to encourage broadband deployment
  • Advice on compliance with federal and state cable and telecom franchising laws, including those applicable to competitive franchising, renewals and transfers
  • Assistance with meeting state and federal regulations and reporting requirements applicable to providers of broadband, cable, voice over IP and other communications services, and related filings
  • Representation before the FCC and state utility commissions, such as the California Public Utility Commission, on proposed rulemakings, licensing and regulatory approvals, and pole attachment disputes


Negotiations and Drafting Agreements

  • Cable and telecom franchises, renewals and transfer agreements
  • Fiber network indefeasible right of use, or IRUs, fiber leases, pole attachment, property access, encroachment and collocation agreements
  • Macro cell site, small cell and distributed antenna system leases and licenses
  • Communications services subscriber agreements, wholesale/bulk services agreements, and related policies (e.g., privacy, acceptable use, network management)
  • Evaluating, structuring and implementing opportunities for public-private partnerships


Prior to her private practice, Gail worked in-house at a Miami-based long distance telecommunications carrier that was a 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 infrastructure in Canada at Ontario Hydro, a large government-owned electric utility where she initially represented the utility at environmental and rate tribunals. She then assisted the utility’s international division to develop and implement an 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 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, and its regional chapters such as SCAN-NATOA, WATOA, SEATOA and the Alliance for Community Media. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California. She was licensed but is now inactive in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Education

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


Awards

  • Profiles in Diversity Journal, Women Worth Watching, 2015
  • National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors Ovation Award, 2013
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors
  • States of California & Nevada Chapter of NATOA
  • Washington State Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors
  • SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors
CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way
Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2017

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way

Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates
Legal Alerts Apr 18, 2017

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before April 26 Hearing

FCC Opens Door to New Regime of Multichannel Video Programming
Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2016

FCC Opens Door to New Regime of Multichannel Video Programming

FCC Will Seek Comments

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26
Legal Alerts Jan 22, 2016

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26

State AG Opinion Could Positively Impact Many Local Governments

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites
Legal Alerts Sep 4, 2015

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites

Localities Should Contact the Governor Immediately to Urge a Veto

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings
Legal Alerts Jul 13, 2015

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings

Local Governments Can Protect Themselves and the Public By Filing Comments

FCC Begins Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger
Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2015

FCC Begins Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

Local Governments May Also Have Authority to Review, Raise Concerns and Seek Conditions to Protect Their Communities

Proposed California Law Would Automatically Approve Applications for Cell Sites
Legal Alerts May 21, 2015

Proposed California Law Would Automatically Approve Applications for Cell Sites

Municipalities Should Act Immediately if They Wish to Make their Views Known to their Legislators

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing
Legal Alerts Dec 5, 2014

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January

CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises
Legal Alerts Sep 4, 2014

CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises

Commission Decides Streamlined Process Required by DIVCA

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services
Legal Alerts Aug 26, 2014

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services

Discovery stage ends Oct. 1; briefs due Oct. 20

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions
Legal Alerts Jul 15, 2014

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

FCC Sets Up Teams to Review Transactions

Wireless Antenna Issues Paper Published at League of California Cities City Attorneys' Conference
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 1, 2012

Wireless Antenna Issues Paper Published at League of California Cities City Attorneys' Conference

By Gail Karish, Harriett Steiner, Joe Van Eaton

 

  
 
Event Apr 27, 2017

Wireless Telecommunications: What Every Local Government Needs to Know

WATOA Annual Spring Conference

Event Apr 21-24, 2017

IMLA’s 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

BB&K In the News Apr 4, 2017

Riverside County Seeks Investors for Broadband Initiative

BB&K Assisted with RFP Drafting

Event Mar 10, 2017

Dealing with DIVCA: The Issues and Strategies

ACM Western Regional Conference and Trade Show – Cultivating Community

Event Dec 12, 2016

The Courts, the Hill and the FCC - A Year in Review and Setting the Stage for 2017

eNATOA Webinar

Event Oct 17, 2016

Right of Way Control & Compensation

eNATOA Webinar

Event Oct 5-7, 2016

LCC Annual Conference

League of California Cities

Event Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2016

IMLA’s 81st Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Sep 19-22, 2016

NATOA 2016 Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Jul 25, 2016

Internet Protocol (IP) Transition

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Client Successes May 25, 2016

BB&K Secures Nonprofit Status of Group Working in Haiti

Event Apr 28, 2016

Spring 2016 Conference

Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Apr 1, 2016

Telecommunications Law Update

Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association

Event Oct 4-6, 2015

2015 IMLA Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Sep 9, 2015

2015 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

BB&K Partner Gail Karish Named a “Woman Worth Watching”
Press Releases Aug 17, 2015

BB&K Partner Gail Karish Named a “Woman Worth Watching”

Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 List of 100 Female Trail Blazers Recognizes Gail for Her “Innovative Thinking and Keen Advocacy”

Event Aug 12, 2015

ReDiscover Community Media

Alliance for Community Media's 2015 Annual Conference

Event Feb 19, 2015

Deployment of Wireless Facilities

Law Seminars International

FCC Guidance Attempts to Reconcile Mobile Data Needs with Municipal Zoning Concerns
BB&K In the News Feb 9, 2015

FCC Guidance Attempts to Reconcile Mobile Data Needs with Municipal Zoning Concerns

BB&K Partner Gail Karish Discusses New FCC Rules With the Daily Journal

Event Jan 15, 2015

Telecommunications 101

SCAN NATOA

Press Releases Jan 8, 2015

Two BB&K Attorneys Named Partners

Andre Monette and Gail A. Karish Receive Promotions

Event Oct 29, 2014

Private Access to Public Rights-of-Way

Lorman Education Services

Event Oct 12, 2014

Current Legal Issues Affecting the Telecommunications Industry

State Bar of California Annual Meeting