Mark DeSantis

Associate

Tel: (202) 370-5327

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At a Glance

Mark handles a variety of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters relating to the telecommunications industry.
 
He assists municipalities and localities with reviewing applications for wireless facilities and other infrastructure issues related to 5G deployment.
 
Mark previously represented broadcasters and telecommunications providers before the FCC.

Mark DeSantis focuses his practice on regulatory, transactional and litigation matters in the telecommunications industry. An associate in the Washington, D.C. office, Mark advises municipalities on the impact of Federal Communications Commission regulations, particularly in regard to wireless infrastructure and 5G deployment.
 
Before joining Best Best & Krieger LLP, Mark practiced law in Arlington, Va., where he represented broadcasters and telecommunications providers before the FCC. Mark has extensive experience guiding clients in transactions that require FCC approval, especially sales involving television stations, satellite authorizations, and broadband licenses. He is also well-versed in FCC rulemaking procedures, having successfully obtained rule waivers and appeals of adverse agency decisions. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Mark leveraged this experience to obtain regulatory relief for numerous broadcasters in Puerto Rico whose television stations were destroyed in the storm.
 
Mark’s interest in the communications industry dates back to law school, when he interned in the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and also for then-Commissioner Ajit Pai. He served as articles editor of the George Mason Law Review during this time and was published in the Cambridge Law Journal for his insights regarding Internet cable streaming companies such as Aereo. Mark is currently licensed to practice law in Virginia.
 
Admissions

  • Virginia


Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D.
  • Indiana University, B.A., public affairs with Spanish minor
  • Federal Communications Bar Associations
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  • “The Past, Present, and Future of Internet Retransmissions of Cable Television,” Cambridge Law Journal, Nov. 9, 2016