• Co-Authored, "Analyzing SIPs Role in Regulatory and Tax Structures," Internet Telephony (Nov. 1, 2011) "
  • Quoted, Net Neutrality & Wireless: Bullet Dodged?, Wireless Weekly, July 2011 Click to View
  • Co-Authored/Speaker, “Implementing the New National Broadband Plan – What You Need to Know”, Thompson Interactive, June 2010
  • Speaker, Hot Topics in Numbering, Federal Communications Bar Association, CLE Seminar, March 2009
  • Catholic University of America, CommLaw Conspectus: The Outer Limits of IVDS: We Now Return Control of Your Television Set to You (1996)

Mr. Donahue is a graduate of the University of Southern California and received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. During law school, Mr. Donahue served as Production Editor of the CommLaw Conspectus.


Mr. Donahue is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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» Michael P. Donahue


1420 Spring Hill Road
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McLean, Virginia 22102

703.714.1319 (telephone)
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Mr. Donahue counsels clients in a variety of transactional, operational, regulatory and public policy matters. Through his unique combination of in-house and outside counsel experiences serving some of the nation’s top communications service providers, Mr. Donahue has developed a proven record for delivering strategically sound, pragmatic management and proactive strategies for business clients.

In private practice for more than fifteen years, Mr. Donahue spent his formative years at one of the nation’s leading communications law firms. More recently, Mr. Donahue served as senior counsel for a nationwide CLEC and Tier I Internet provider with one of the largest IP transit networks in North America. Today, Mr. Donahue employs his deep knowledge and understanding of a broad range of federal and state legal and regulatory issues to serve our firm’s clients.

Mr. Donahue’s clients have included competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), domestic and international interexchange carriers (IXCs), ISPs, Broadband networks and service providers, providers of Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled services, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other advanced services, wireless and MVNO service providers, xDSL providers, satellite service providers, cloud communications and cloud-computing providers, video relay service (VRS) providers, communications equipment manufacturers and other communications and technology companies.

Mr. Donahue has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state public utility commission (PUC) advocacy, including rulemakings, declaratory petitions, adjudications, enforcement matters and formal and informal complaints
  • Market entry, including licensing, tariffs and network access agreements, and market exit
  • Mergers/transfer of control, asset sales, financing and security arrangements
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial agreements
  • Negotiating/arbitrating interconnection and other inter-carrier agreements
  • Communications taxation and Universal Service Fund (USF) issues
  • Regulatory compliance and reporting
  • Numbering issues
  • Cloud Communications solutions
  • Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) issues
  • Intercarrier compensation (ICC) issues

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Representative Experience

  • Counsel competitive telecommunications, IP-enabled/VoIP, wireless ETCs, cloud communications and enhanced services providers in all matters before the FCC and state PUCs;
  • Conduct numerous reviews and analyses of regulatory status of a range of business models, services and technologies, including IP-enabled, cloud-based, satellite, wireless and advanced services, and developed strategic plans for licensing and compliance requirements;
  • Regularly engage in adjudication, advocacy and mediation before the FCC and state PUCs regarding inter-carrier and commercial disputes, regulatory compliance and other matters;
  • Participate in Rulemaking, Declaratory Ruling and other policy proceedings and other oral and written advocacy before the FCC;
  • Develop and implement strategies for responding to Universal Service Administrative Company investigations, inquiries and audits;
  • Obtain FCC and state PUC authorizations for local, long distance and international services;
  • Advise clients regarding mergers/transfers of control and other restructuring and financing transactions and obtain the necessary federal and state regulatory approvals for such transactions;
  • Preparing, filing and maintaining telecommunications tariffs;
  • Prepared comprehensive Carrier’s Carrier manual for USF compliance for wholesale providers, including step-by-step guide, sample exemption certificates, and related documents;
  • Obtained dismissal of complaint and request for direct interconnection with CLEC client by a competitive carrier in Connecticut;
  • Obtained a favorable revision of the Virginia intrastate access rules to enable client to increase its access charges and revenues.