Ronald E. Quirk, Jr. is a Senior Managing Attorney with the firm, focusing primarily on federal, state, and international telecommunications regulation and policy. Mr. Quirk brings extensive legal experience to his current client representation. His career spans more than 20 years, including several years at AMLAW 100 firms and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). He has successfully represented clients ranging from solo proprietorships to Fortune 500 corporations, in matters before the FCC, Department of Justice (“DoJ”), Department of Transportation (“DoT”), Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), state public utility commissions (“PUCs”), international regulatory entities, and state and federal courts.
Mr. Quirk counsels clients on a variety of legal and regulatory matters, including: licensed and unlicensed spectrum management; RF equipment authorization, compliance, and marketing; public safety communications; wireless policy and regulatory issues; experimental licensing; spectrum leasing; privacy; VoIP policy and state regulation; satellite regulation; Universal Service; intercarrier compensation; license modification, transfer and assignment; number portability; digital TV transition; CALEA; U.S. Customs; and spectrum refarming and rebanding.
- Assisting RF equipment manufacturers, importers, and marketers to ensure full compliance with U.S. and international regulatory entities in their advertising, sales and distribution practices, as well as testing, regulatory classification, and authorization procedures.
- Representing clients in FCC and other federal agencies’ rulemaking proceedings, protecting businesses from the encroachment of unfavorable government regulations.
- Defending clients in all phases of FCC Enforcement Bureau proceedings, safeguarding clients’ rights when the FCC alleges rule violations.
- Advocating for clients’ rights in FCC formal and informal complaint proceedings.
- Representing clients before the FCC and DoJ in merger proceedings, focusing on antitrust and licensing matters.
- Defending clients in audit proceedings before the Universal Service Administrator, USAC.
- Drafting and negotiation of spectrum leasing agreements.
- Assisting clients in gaining access to necessary infrastructure, such as rights-of-way, utility poles and conduits, commercial buildings, and wireless structures.
- Advising clients on compliance with FCC Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) rules and assisting with implementation of CPNI compliance plans.
- Researching and drafting FCC Orders, Memorandum Opinions and Orders, Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, Public Notices, and Enforcement Orders and Consent Decrees.
- Assisting clients in FCC spectrum auction proceedings.
- Drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and license agreements.
- Researching and drafting rule waiver requests, requests for confidentiality, and Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests.
- Obtaining state and federal authorizations for local, long distance, VoIP, international, prepaid, and wireless communications services.
- Internet of Things & Connected Devices
- Telecommunications, VoIP, and Advanced Communications Services
- Satellite: Land Mobile, Marine and Aero
- Internet Law & E-Commerce
- International Telecommunications
- Corporate, Contracts and Commercial Transactions
- Broadband Networks and Internet Applications
- Cloud Computing and Communications (SaaS / CaaS / IaaS)
- Wireless Communications and MVNOs
Mr. Quirk has published several articles and white papers on various topical telecommunications issues, including: FCC compliance, spectrum auctions, wireless telecommunications tax, unlicensed telecommunications, state and federal privacy laws, equipment authorization and marketing, and bankruptcy.
- Author: “Maintaining HIPAA Compliance While Preparing for HIPAA Audits,” Health IT Security, June 24, 2015;
- "Much Ado About Spectrum," Wireless Design and Development, May 2008;
- "Open Access at 700 MHz: Opening Doors for Mobile Devices," Wireless Design and Development, January 2008;
- "The DTV Transition: Unlimited Equipment Opportunities," Wireless Design and Development, July 2007;
- "Unlicensed Communications Products and the FCC: Deploy Carefully - the Network you save could be your Own," Wireless Design and Development, February 2007;
- "Barcodes on Steroids; The Perceived Mandatory Microchip Implant Threat and Other Reasons for RFID Privacy Laws," Techlink, August 2006;
- "FCC Compliance Challenges," RFID Journal, May 25, 2006; "Don't Get Behind the Regulatory Eight-Ball," RFID Journal, April 11, 2005;
- "FTC Doesn't Want to Get Involved in Rulemaking for now, Neither Do GOP Senators," RFID Operations, May 2005;
- "Regulatory Roundup” Monthly Column, RFID Operations, April 2005 - August 2005;
- "RFID: Rapid Implementation and Regulatory Challenges," White Paper, Venable LLP, January 2005;
- “Preventing a Haven for Wrongdoers, The Regulatory Exemption to Bankruptcy’s Automatic Stay,” The Bankruptcy Strategist, March 2003;
- “States’ Mobile Tax Rules: Creating Order Out of Chaos?” State and Local Communications Report, December 7, 2001;
- "Internet Access Providers: Common or Uncommon Carriers?” FCC Report, April 9, 1997;
- “Republicans Urge Broadcast Deregulation” Radio Ink, January 2, 1995;
- “Creative MCI Uses Marketing, Courts to Carve Out Market Shares,” Washington Telecom News, April 25, 1994;
- “Professors Trade Views on Constitutionality of Brooks Bill,” Telephone Week, June 8, 1992.
- Executive Editor, Frequency (Venable LLP’s telecommunications law and policy newsletter) 2003-2008; Wavelength (Alston & Bird LLP’s telecommunications law and policy newsletter) 2001-2003
Mr. Quirk is a graduate with distinction from George Mason University(1988), and he earned his Juris Doctorate from Catholic University School of Law in 1994, where he also earned a Certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies. While at Catholic, Mr. Quirk was Lead Article Editor for the communications legal journal, CommLaw Conspectus.
Mr. Quirk is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.