Phillips Lytle LLP Expands Telecom Practice With Two New Attorneys

Monday, February 20, 2012 - 16:26

David E. Bronston and Bruce T. Frankiewich have joined Phillips Lytle LLP as special counsel and partner, respectively, specializing in telecommunications.

Mr. Bronston, joining Phillips Lytle’s New York City office, focuses his practice on telecommunications infrastructure and has extensive experience with network licensing and the intersection of telecommunications infrastructure with real estate. He has represented public and private property owners nationwide in license agreements, right of way agreements and other access agreements with telecommunications service providers. He has also represented all types of telecommunications service providers and carriers (with a particular expertise in Distributed Antenna System networks) in negotiating franchise agreements with local governments and obtaining all necessary legislative authorizations and administrative licenses, permits and approvals. 

Mr. Bronston has more than two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry and is a former general counsel for the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He frequently speaks on the topic of telecommunications, and has written extensively on telecommunications matters.

Mr. Bronston is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. He serves on the board of directors for The Adirondack Council, Parks and Trails New York, and the New York City chapter of the NY League of Conservation Voters. 

At Phillips Lytle’s Rochester office, Mr. Frankiewich focuses his practice on drafting and reviewing contracts, franchise and ROW agreements, pole attachment and conduit purchase agreements, IRUs and leases with carriers, wireless co-location agreements, vendor agreements, consulting agreements and transactional work. 

He has more than a decade of wireless and wireline telecommunications experience. Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, in his position at a national wireless carrier, he negotiated and drafted cell site leases and retail store leases, and he advised management on legal and business issues. 

In his capacity as general counsel for a fiber optic facilities-based CLEC, Mr. Frankiewich negotiated and drafted customer agreements for the provision of telecommunications services and dark fiber services, vendor agreements, network infrastructure agreements, debt financing documents, asset-based and stock-based purchase agreements and was responsible for local, state and federal regulatory compliance and reporting. 

In addition, Mr. Frankiewich has represented clients before the FCC in connection with the transfer of domestic and international 214 authority, state PUCs in connection with securing certification as a CLEC, and before municipal authorities in connection with securing franchise and ROW agreements.