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J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

B.B.A., University of Kentucky

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Editorial Board, University of Virginia Law Review

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District of Columbia Bar

David serves as senior counsel to Wiley Rein LLP. He represents clients on a wide variety of matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including wireless technology, mobile radio operations, and mass media issues. David also represents clients before the Consumer Product Safety Commission in matters involving electrical products, including battery-powered devices.

Representative Experience

  • Represents clients on radio frequency exposure and safety matters, FCC Enforcement Bureau Proceedings, and spectrum allocation issues involving numerous radio services.
  • Represents developers of equipment that operates under Part 15 and Part 95 of the FCC rules including, short range devices, ultra-wideband devices, digital products, and wireless medical devices.
  • Counsels clients concerning equipment authorization and regulations including radio frequency emissions testing, 911 technical issues, hearing aid compatibility, and radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies.
  • Advises clients on the regulation of devices under Part 18 of the FCC rules governing industrial, scientific, and medical equipment including wireless charging of batteries.
  • Provides advice concerning FCC regulations on the marketing of equipment, as well as the development of new electronic products and experimental radio.
  • Counsels clients on the privacy of radio communications and mobile radio regulation including cellular, PCS, paging, private, aviation, satellite, and marine.
  • Advises clients on electromagnetic compatibility regulation and radio and television broadcasting technical issues.
  • Advises clients on radio spectrum and communications regulation for emerging technologies involving unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), railroads, ships, and land vehicles in proceedings before the FCC, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Professional Experience

  • General Attorney, Federal Communications Commission, Cable Television Bureau (1975-1976)


  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)


  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability