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Education

J.D., Vanderbilt Law School; Order of the Coif

B.S., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University

Law Journals

Editor in Chief, Vanderbilt Law Review

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Middle District of Tennessee, and Northern District of Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia

With more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry, Bennett is a trusted advisor to telecommunications carriers, equipment manufacturers, technology companies, and other clients seeking to navigate the complexities of the U.S. communications regulatory regime.  He represents clients in litigation matters in the federal courts as well as before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state public service commissions.  His administrative experience includes representing clients in rulemakings, enforcement proceedings, and transactions involving regulated entities. Bennett also prepares and negotiates commercial agreements in the communications industry, providing regulatory, compliance, and commercial advice.

Representative Experience

  • Secured dismissal of FCC enforcement action against a wireless carrier.
  • Successfully defended incumbent local exchange carrier in state commission proceedings seeking approximately $10 million in rate reductions.
  • Successfully represented client in breach-of-contract action in federal bankruptcy court that resulted in a recovery in excess of $20 million.
  • Successfully defended client in FCC enforcement action that involved issues of first impression under 47 U.S.C. § 333, which resulted in a favorable settlement. 
  • Successfully represented clients in acquiring and disposing of telecommunications carriers, including obtaining regulatory approvals at the federal and state level.
  • Successfully represented trade association in securing forbearance from legacy telecommunications regulations.
  • Represent clients before the FCC and state commissions in rulemaking and enforcement proceedings on broadband, universal service, network interconnection, and unbundling matters.
  • Prepare and negotiate fiber IRU agreements, Internet peering agreements, and voice and data service agreements on behalf of clients in the United States and abroad.
  • Counsel clients on federal and state regulatory requirements governing voice, video, and broadband services, as well as emerging technologies such as VoIP and cloud communications.
  • Advise clients on privacy issues and federal E-rate program compliance.

Professional Experience

  • BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc
    • General Counsel, Washington, DC and Georgia
    • Senior Attorney, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Section
  • Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims (Nashville, TN)

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
  • Board of Trustees, Washington and Lee University (2009-Present)

Recognitions

  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" for Communications by Super Lawyers magazine (2012-2016)
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law (2014-2016)

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