Gerard Lavery Lederer

Partner

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.

Gerry advocates for public and private property owners regarding issues of law and policy arising from federal and state communications legislation and regulation. He is also 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.

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.

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.

Gerry is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and is an inactive member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Education

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

 

  • Member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Potomac, Maryland
  • Assistant Scout Master of Troop 461
  • Fathers Club of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart



 

 

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 8, 2018

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist
Legal Alerts May 7, 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 9, 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 5, 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

 

Event Nov 1, 2018

Overcoming Barriers and Obstacles to Facilitate 5G Deployment

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.

Event Oct 17-21, 2018

IMLA 2018 Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Aug 27-29, 2018

2018 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Jul 23, 2018

Industry’s Recent Assault of Cable Franchises and Next Steps for Locals

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Jun 21, 2018

2018 Small Cells Symposium

Maryland Association of Counties

Event Apr 19, 2018

Cell Tower Zoning & Placement: Navigating Recent FCC Changes

MyLawCLE

Event Mar 3-7, 2018

2018 NACo Legislative Conference

BB&K Webinar Feb 13, 2018

Free Municipal Law Webinar Series from BB&K

Legal Issues that Matter Most to California Cities

Event Feb 8, 2018

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

NBI CLE On Demand Video

Event Jan 25, 2018

Broadband Deployment: Federal & State Threats to City Property and Authorities

U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting 2018

Event Nov 30, 2017

Cell Tower Zoning and Placement: Navigating Recent FCC Changes

NBI Seminar

Event Nov 17, 2017

Cell Tower/Telecom Issues

Iowa Municipal Attorney Association's Annual Seminar

Small Cell Antennas Debated at Public Meeting
BB&K In the News Oct 26, 2017

Small Cell Antennas Debated at Public Meeting

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Discussed Small Cell Tower Regulations with Maryland Residents, WTOP Reports

Event Oct 19, 2017

Municipal Management of Cellphone Towers, DAS and Small Cell Deployments

Strafford Webinar

Event Oct 14-18, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

[WEBINAR] Cell Tower and Small Cell Law: A Regulatory and Transactional Primer
Videos Sep 20, 2017

[WEBINAR] Cell Tower and Small Cell Law: A Regulatory and Transactional Primer

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

Partner Gerard  Lederer Files Opposition to FCC Broadband Infrastructure Plans
BB&K In the News Sep 15, 2017

Partner Gerard Lederer Files Opposition to FCC Broadband Infrastructure Plans

Filed on Behalf of Tech Officers from Six Cities, Law360 Reports

Event Sep 11-14, 2017

NATOA 2017 Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

6th Circuit Vacates and Remands FCC Rules
BB&K In the News Aug 22, 2017

6th Circuit Vacates and Remands FCC Rules

Law360 Interviews Partner Joseph Van Eaton who Rep’d Local Communities

Event Aug 7, 2017

Right of Way Control and Compensation

eNATOA Webinar

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order
Client Successes Jul 20, 2017

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order

Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

Event Jul 11-14, 2017

Federal Advocacy and Policy

ACM 2017 Annual Conference

Event May 17, 2017

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

National Business Institute Webcast

Event May 11, 2017

SCAN NATOA Conference and STAR Awards Ceremony

2017 STAR Awards

Event Apr 21-24, 2017

IMLA’s 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Feb 28, 2017

Webinar: Wireless Siting Rules

MyLawCLE Event Co-Sponsored with the Federal Bar

BB&K In the News Feb 13, 2017

Tech Tools: Partner Gerard Lederer Shares His Favorite with Washington Lawyer

It’s About Connection

Event Jan 17, 2017

Webinar: Telecommunications Issues in the Trump Administration

Virginia Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

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 Sep 9, 2016

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

Live Video Webcast

Event Aug 4, 2016

FirstNet

IMLA Webinar

Event May 12, 2016

Cellphone Tower Regulation: Maximizing Revenue While Protecting Local Interests

Strafford

Event Apr 16-17, 2016

2016 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Client Successes Oct 19, 2015

Critical Ecosystem Restoration Contract Secured by BB&K Team for Texas City

BB&K’s Gerard Lavery Lederer, John D. Freshman and Annick C. Miller Rivera teamed up to help secure contract

Event Sep 11, 2015

New FCC Wireless Rules and How They Impact Georgia Communities

Georgia Municipal Attorney Association

Event Aug 12, 2015

ReDiscover Community Media

Alliance for Community Media's 2015 Annual Conference

Event Apr 24-27, 2015

IMLA’s 2015 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Event Feb 19, 2015

Deployment of Wireless Facilities

Law Seminars International

Supreme Court Sides with T-Mobile in Tower Siting Case, Over Roberts Dissent
BB&K In the News Jan 15, 2015

Supreme Court Sides with T-Mobile in Tower Siting Case, Over Roberts Dissent

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Discusses High-Profile Cell Tower Regulation Case in Several Telecommunications Publications

Local Government, Industry Reps Mull Challenges to Section 6409(a)
BB&K In the News Nov 14, 2014

Local Government, Industry Reps Mull Challenges to Section 6409(a)

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Quoted by Telecommunications Reports Daily in Coverage of Webinar on Wireless Towers and the New FCC Rules

Event Nov 13-14, 2014

Deployment of Wireless Facilities

Law Seminars International

BB&K Event Nov 5, 2014

New FCC Rules Will Require New Approach to Siting of Wireless Facilities

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT | Webinar

Attorneys Criticize Wireless Infrastructure Order
BB&K In the News Nov 5, 2014

Attorneys Criticize Wireless Infrastructure Order

Telecommunications Reports Listens in on BB&K Webinar Regarding the New Wireless Infrastructure Order Adopted by the FCC

Event Oct 1, 2014

Impacts of Changing Markets on Localism and Franchise Renewal and Cable Regulation in the Digital World

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Sep 10-12, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Appeared on Panels Covering Telecommunications, the Environment, Hot Federal Issues and More

IMLA 2014 Annual Conference

Event Aug 7, 2014

Key Public Policy Issues: Our Perspectives

State & Main – A Joint Conference of the Alliance for Community Media and the National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture

Press Releases Jan 7, 2014

BB&K Promotes Eight Attorneys in California and Washington, D.C. to Partner

Attorneys Focus on Environmental, Municipal, Business, Employee Benefits and Telecommunications Law

Presentations

  • "FCC Changes to Cable Franchising," 2019 Distance Learning IMLA Webinar, International Municipal Lawyers Association, May 13, 2019
  • Information Technology & Communications Meeting, National League of Cities Summit Meeting, Nov. 7, 2018
  • "The Threats to Local Governments’ Interests Posed by the FCC," TR Daily, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Oct. 24, 2018
  • "Double Whammy: A Review of the FCC's Actions to Preempt Local Authority," Webinar, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, Oct. 10, 2018
  • "The New Age of Innovation," POLITICO Live, Sept. 20, 2018
  • “Boston Wins Authority from the Federal Communications Commission to Control Cable Fees,” The Boston Globe, April 10, 2012