DEBRA McGUIRE MERCER
Special Counsel
(202) 342-8639 (202) 342-8639
DEBRA McGUIRE MERCER Special Counsel
Debra McGuire Mercer focuses her practice on communications regulation, and judicial and administrative litigation.  She advises clients on compliance with federal and state communications laws and represented clients in adjudicatory, enforcement and rulemaking proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state public utility commissions and courts.  Debra regularly counsels state government agencies and communications companies, including companies that provide telecommunications, Internet, wireless, cable television, satellite and broadcast services, on compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements.  She also advises companies regarding FCC and state commission review of mergers and acquisitions, the Universal Service Fund, broadband funding, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), real estate agreements involving communications infrastructure, net neutrality, spectrum licensing and leasing, and equipment authorization and labeling of radiofrequency devices.  Debra has worked with clients in several industries, including real estate, health care, hospitality and consumer communications.
 
Represented largest U.S. wireless telecommunications reseller before the FCC and state public utility commissions in proceedings seeking designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier to provide Lifeline service; obtained designation in over 40 states.

Represented major corporation before the FCC regarding its emergence from bankruptcy and in various transactions concerning its wireless licenses; secured authority from the FCC to transfer control of licenses in major transaction; developed compliance plan for managing wireless licenses.

Advised state government agency regarding compliance with FCC wireless license regulations; drafted a request for waiver of construction requirements and showings of substantial service to secure licenses renewals; negotiated a lease of radiofrequency spectrum with another state agency.

Represented international telecommunications carrier before Universal Service Administrative Company challenging audit findings regarding Universal Service Fund contributions.

Represented telecommunications reseller in federal court litigation involving breach of contract and tortious interference with business claims.  Drafted briefs arguing that arbitration clause in service agreement was not applicable; district court decision was affirmed by appellate court on interlocutory review.

Represented a major cable company in a contested proceeding before a FCC administrative law judge concerning a competitor’s qualifications to hold microwave licenses for the transmission of video programming in the New York City market.  The FCC affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s decision.

Drafted U.S. Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari to the Eighth Circuit for a trade association representing companies operating local telecommunications networks in AT&T et al. v. Iowa Utilities Board.  The petition focused on the FCC’s authority to regulate the pricing of access to local telecommunications networks under provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
 
Federal Communications Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association
 

About

Debra McGuire Mercer focuses her practice on communications regulation, and judicial and administrative litigation.  She advises clients on compliance with federal and state communications laws and represented clients in adjudicatory, enforcement and rulemaking proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state public utility commissions and courts.  Debra regularly counsels state government agencies and communications companies, including companies that provide telecommunications, Internet, wireless, cable television, satellite and broadcast services, on compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements.  She also advises companies regarding FCC and state commission review of mergers and acquisitions, the Universal Service Fund, broadband funding, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), real estate agreements involving communications infrastructure, net neutrality, spectrum licensing and leasing, and equipment authorization and labeling of radiofrequency devices.  Debra has worked with clients in several industries, including real estate, health care, hospitality and consumer communications.
 

Experience

Represented largest U.S. wireless telecommunications reseller before the FCC and state public utility commissions in proceedings seeking designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier to provide Lifeline service; obtained designation in over 40 states.

Represented major corporation before the FCC regarding its emergence from bankruptcy and in various transactions concerning its wireless licenses; secured authority from the FCC to transfer control of licenses in major transaction; developed compliance plan for managing wireless licenses.

Advised state government agency regarding compliance with FCC wireless license regulations; drafted a request for waiver of construction requirements and showings of substantial service to secure licenses renewals; negotiated a lease of radiofrequency spectrum with another state agency.

Represented international telecommunications carrier before Universal Service Administrative Company challenging audit findings regarding Universal Service Fund contributions.

Represented telecommunications reseller in federal court litigation involving breach of contract and tortious interference with business claims.  Drafted briefs arguing that arbitration clause in service agreement was not applicable; district court decision was affirmed by appellate court on interlocutory review.

Represented a major cable company in a contested proceeding before a FCC administrative law judge concerning a competitor’s qualifications to hold microwave licenses for the transmission of video programming in the New York City market.  The FCC affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s decision.

Drafted U.S. Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari to the Eighth Circuit for a trade association representing companies operating local telecommunications networks in AT&T et al. v. Iowa Utilities Board.  The petition focused on the FCC’s authority to regulate the pricing of access to local telecommunications networks under provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
 

Memberships

Federal Communications Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association