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Andrew D. Lipman

Andrew D. Lipman Andrew D. Lipman is a partner at Morgan Lewis and the leader of the firm's Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice. Mr. Lipman practices in virtually every aspect of communications law and related fields, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative, and land use. His practice is international in scope, and includes the representation of clients in the U.S., Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Mr. Lipman represents clients in both the private and public sectors, including those in the areas of local, long distance, and international telephone common carriage; Internet services and technologies; conventional and emerging wireless services; satellite services; broadcasting; competitive video services; telecommunications equipment manufacturing; and other high-technology applications. In addition, he has managed privatizations of telecommunications carriers in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Lipman has been involved in nearly every new legal and regulatory policy at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at state public service commissions, in Congress, and before courts to open the U.S. local telephone market to competition. He also helped shape crucial provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and has used similar approaches to promote the opening of foreign markets. Mr. Lipman obtained one of the first competitive local service and interconnection agreements in continental Europe and the first competitive fiber network application in Japan. His expansive practice includes the strategic analysis of companies’ telecom user agreements, including renegotiating existing agreements, and when necessary, negotiating new, more favorable telecom user agreements.

For nearly a decade, while maintaining his partnership at another international law firm, Mr. Lipman also served as senior vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for MFS Communications, the nation’s largest competitive local services provider. As one of the founders of MFS, he helped guide the company from startup to its eventual sale for $14.4 billion to WorldCom.

A frequent author and speaker on telecommunications-related topics, Mr. Lipman has published more than 170 articles and is the author of five books, including two Dow Jones books on telecommunications. He has appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Bloomberg News Network and ABC News. In addition, he has served on the editorial advisory boards of Phillips Publishing Company, Internet Law and Regulation, Telecommunications Alert, Telecommunications Reports, Telecommunications Regulatory Monitor, and The Satellite Compendium. Mr. Lipman also served as general counsel to the International Teleconferencing Association and as legislative/regulatory counsel to the

International Satellite Users Association. He sits on the board of directors of five public companies trading on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mr. Lipman is co-founder and the first chairman of the Association of Local Telecommunication Services (ALTS), the national trade association for competitive telecommunications carriers.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Lipman participated in the legal honors program at the U.S. Department of Transportation and served in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. He also served as an extern law clerk to Justice Raymond Sullivan of the California Supreme Court.

Mr. Lipman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.