Gerard Lavery Lederer

Partner

gerard.lederer@bbklaw.com

Tel: (202) 370-5304

Location(s)

At a Glance

Gerry advocates against preemption of local public and private property owners rights in state and federal legislative bodies and before corresponding regulatory agencies.

He is a registered federal lobbyist and has both public and private sector advocacy experience protecting local rights of way when dealing with cable, small cell, broadband and telecommunications franchising and renewals.

Gerry is also one of the nation’s leading authorities on marketplace solutions for deployment of small cells and other wireless technologies, including municipal broadband and WiFi services.
 

Gerard Lavery Lederer’s unique background as a nationally recognized telecommunications, cable and small cell lawyer combined with his experiences as a registered federal lobbyist provides clients unparalleled service in seeking both legislative and transactional solutions. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP as a partner in the Municipal Law practice group in Washington, D.C., Gerry was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a highly regarded local government rights of way law firm.

Understanding the Marketplace
Gerry is one of the nation’s leading authorities on marketplace solutions for the seamless integration of cable and wireless technology into communities. He authored “Critical Connections” and “Wired for Profit,” two leading guides on the integration of telecommunications technology into the built environment. He developed the first model license agreements for access to buildings and rooftops to promote cooperative relations between telecommunications service providers and property owners, while protecting both parties’ interests. He has facilitated the negotiations on some of the leading cable franchise  and small cell agreements in the nation.

A Voice for Local Government
Gerry advocates for public and private property owners regarding issues of law and policy arising from federal and state communications legislation and regulation. Gerry serves as legislative counsel and lead Washington advocate for TeleCommUnity, a collection of local governments dedicated to ensuring respect for local rights in federal legislative and regulatory activity. He has also led numerous FCC coalitions of local governments on cable and wireless regulations.

Since arriving in Washington, D.C. in 1985 as the City of Philadelphia’s Washington advocate, Gerry has served as Washington legislative counsel to a number of local governments and agencies, including as lead advocate for local governments on infrastructure issues and as general counsel of the United States Conference of Mayors. He has also served as executive director of advocacy and research advancement for the Building Owners and Managers Association, International and executive director of government affairs for the United States Telephone Association. Prior to his career in Washington, he served as the chief deputy city commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. This position oversees the city’s voter registration and election day. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors from him he has received numerous Ovation Awards and was the 2011 NATOA Member of the Year.

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.
  • Haverford College, B.A.


Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (inactive)
  • New Jersey
FCC Denies Cable Franchise Order Stay Request But Provides Implementation Guidance
Legal Alerts Nov 12, 2019

FCC Denies Cable Franchise Order Stay Request But Provides Implementation Guidance

Deadline for Appeal Coming Soon

Reminder: New Federal 911 Law Goes Into Effect in February
Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2019

Reminder: New Federal 911 Law Goes Into Effect in February

Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone Systems

A Texas Bill Reducing Telecom Right of Way Fees Could Set Trends in Other States
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 18, 2019

A Texas Bill Reducing Telecom Right of Way Fees Could Set Trends in Other States

In the Practical Law Journal, BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Explains How Such Laws Could Impact Cities’ Revenue

FCC Releases Cable Order that Will Cost Communities Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
Legal Alerts Aug 06, 2019

FCC Releases Cable Order that Will Cost Communities Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

BB&K Summarizes Order’s Four Major Elements and Offers Response Options

FCC’s OTARD Rule Proposal: Comment Period Open
Authored Articles & Publications May 06, 2019

FCC’s OTARD Rule Proposal: Comment Period Open

Partner Gerry Lederer Discusses New Developments in PublicCEO

Further FCC Assault on Local Zoning
Legal Alerts Apr 22, 2019

Further FCC Assault on Local Zoning

Join Coalition to Fight Proposed Expansion of OTARD Rule

New FCC Shot Clocks and Other Rules Preempting Local Authority Over Wireless Take Effect Today
Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

New FCC Shot Clocks and Other Rules Preempting Local Authority Over Wireless Take Effect Today

Federal Shutdown Does Not Delay Implementation

FCC Takes First of Two Actions: Could Cost Local Government Billions in Next Decade
Legal Alerts Sep 25, 2018

FCC Takes First of Two Actions: Could Cost Local Government Billions in Next Decade

Communities Coalition Forming Now

Proposed FCC Actions Will Limit Local Control and Cut Revenues
Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2018

Proposed FCC Actions Will Limit Local Control and Cut Revenues

Immediate Action Needed — Community Coalition Forming

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment
Legal Alerts Aug 08, 2018

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist
Legal Alerts May 07, 2018

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist

Know Your Rights Amid Mobile Carrier Mega Mergers

New Federal 911 Law Could Impact Many Public Agencies and Businesses
Legal Alerts Feb 16, 2018

New Federal 911 Law Could Impact Many Public Agencies and Businesses

Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone Systems

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released
Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know
Legal Alerts Jan 31, 2018

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know

The State of the Union Address and a Leaked Memo Give the Insight We’ve Been Waiting For

Red Flags on Wireless: A Recent Resignation Signals Industry-Weighted Regulations Ahead
Legal Alerts Jan 30, 2018

Red Flags on Wireless: A Recent Resignation Signals Industry-Weighted Regulations Ahead

Local Governments Should Speak Up Now for Local Control

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 30, 2018

Local Government Reaction is Swift to FCC’s Wireless Regulation Actions

By Joseph Van Eaton, Gerard Lavery Lederer and Gail A. Karish

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update
Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2017

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update

Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 12, 2017

Good News for Public Agencies and Communities on Regulation of Cable Systems

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC
Legal Alerts May 17, 2017

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC

Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

The Trump Infrastructure Plan
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates
Authored Articles & Publications Jan 10, 2017

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates

Rules Ensure Broadband-Ready Developments

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty
Legal Alerts Nov 15, 2016

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty

Post-Election Opportunities for Local Government Agencies

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld
Legal Alerts Sep 28, 2016

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld

Court Allows City’s Ordinance

New Rules Impact PEG Access Stations’ Responsibilities Regarding Closed Captioning
Legal Alerts Aug 24, 2016

New Rules Impact PEG Access Stations’ Responsibilities Regarding Closed Captioning

Additional Reporting and Compliance Requirements

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion
Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2016

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion

FCC Looking to Increase Eligibility for Reimbursement

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning
Legal Alerts Jun 27, 2016

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning

Failure to Comply Could Impact HUD Funding

FCC’s Lifeline Order
Legal Alerts Jun 22, 2016

FCC’s Lifeline Order

Opportunities for Public Housing Residents and Local Government Agencies

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 20, 2016

Cell Siting Dilemmas

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 19, 2016

[PRESENTATION] Telecommunications 2016: The Challenges Facing Local Government

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as “Special Access”) Marketplace
Legal Alerts Apr 14, 2016

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as “Special Access”) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted

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

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard
Legal Alerts Oct 21, 2015

Surface Transportation: Be Informed and Heard

New Federal Bill for Transportation Funding on the Road to Passage

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations
Legal Alerts Oct 13, 2015

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations

Municipalities Should Ensure They Will Be in Compliance

Authored Articles & Publications May 27, 2015

Cellphone Tower Regulation: Maximizing Revenue While Protecting Local Interests

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

Authored Articles & Publications May 26, 2015

Charter Buys TWC and Bright House: Toolkit Helps Local Governments Understand Cable Transfers

By Gerard Lavery Lederer

New Rules on Location of Wireless 911 Calls
Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2015

New Rules on Location of Wireless 911 Calls

FCC Wants Technology Transmitting Location of Indoor 911 Calls from Cell Phones

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 09, 2015

Landlord’s Checklist For Cell Tower Transfers

By Gerard Lavery Lederer

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 22, 2015

Clarification on Cell Towers Dos, Don'ts

BB&K Attorneys Gerry Lederer and Jordan Ferguson Discuss T-Mobile v. Roswell in the Los Angeles Daily Journal

High Court Reaffirms Local Government’s Authority in Denials of Applications for Cell Towers
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2015

High Court Reaffirms Local Government’s Authority in Denials of Applications for Cell Towers

Decision Clarifies that Local Government’s Decision Need Not State Reasons if they are Contemporaneously Published Elsewhere

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 05, 2014

[PRESENTATION] Maximizing the Return on Your Cell Lease/Licenses

By Gerard Lavery Lederer

  • “Good News for Public Agencies and Communities on Regulation of Cable Systems,” BBKnowledge, July 12, 2017
  •  “Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month,” BBKnowledge, May 23, 2017
  •  “Local Government in the Crosshairs,” BBKnowledge, April 13, 2017
  •  “Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal,” BBKnowledge, March 10, 2017
  •  “FCC Shot Clock Not Tolled by Applicant Delays or Vague Notice of Incompleteness, Court Finds,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 10, 2017
  •  “HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 3, 2017
  •  “HUD Seeks to Widen Broadband Accessibility,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 3, 2016
  •  HUD and FCC Broadband Services Expansion Proposals,” BBKnowledge, June 30, 2016
  •  Cell Siting Dilemmas,” BBKnowledge, April 20, 2016
  •  “Cell Towers: Be Prepared or Beware of the Substantial Change to Come,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 24, 2015
  •  “New FCC Rules Will Require New Approach to Siting of Wireless Facilities,” BBKnowledge, Nov. 6, 2014
  •  “December 3 Deadline for Submitting Federal Water Projects,” BBKnowledge, Oct. 9, 2014
  •  “Franchise Renewal and Cable Regulation in the Digital World,” BBKnowledge, Oct. 3, 2014
  • “Regulatory Threat to Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities,” BBKnowledge, July 18, 2014
  • “Developments in Water Law,” BB&K Legal Alert, June 10, 2014
  • “WIFIA: New $350 Million Water Project Federal Financing Program*,” BBKnowledge, May 23, 2014

 

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