MICHAEL R. DOVER
Special Counsel
(312) 857-7087 (312) 857-7087
MICHAEL R. DOVER Special Counsel
Michael Dover’s practice focuses on providing legal advice on the rights of innovative companies that rely on established and emerging technologies.  Mike’s clients include a wide range of technology providers throughout the U.S.

Mike understands the details of complex existing and emerging technologies, a crucial element in providing practical legal and regulatory advice to entities that rely on technology.  His experience ranges from advice on hardware and software applications, such as communications infrastructure, SaaS, and the Internet of Things, to regulatory requirements, such as telecommunications and cable franchising, E911, Universal Service rules and compliance, Universal Service Fund program compliance (including Lifeline, the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and the Affordable Connectivity Program), and issues concerning security, privacy and data protection.  Mike also has first and second chair experience representing companies in disputes before various courts, alternative dispute and mediation forums, and state public service commissions.

Meticulous and detail-oriented, Mike makes a point of understanding every component of company’s needs.  By getting the details right, Mike is able to effectively leverage the nuances of the involved-technology in order to provide advice specific to the company’s needs.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Mike worked as a telecommunications regional network engineer, network planner, and build-out project manager for a national wireless provider in Illinois and Michigan.  As a result, Mike personally understands the demands that business professionals and in-house counsel face.  As a trusted advisor, clients and colleagues alike depend on Mike’s in-depth tech sector experience, as well as his innate ability to anticipate and overcome complex legal structures relating to existing and emerging technologies.
 
Regulatory counsel relating to several purchases and asset acquisitions of entities providing regulated and unregulated services.

Counsel to investors in blockchain SAFTs (Simple Agreements for Future Tokens) in a breach of contract and fraud dispute.

Advisor on multi-line corporate telephone system requirements in the U.S. and international locations, including with respect to Kari’s Law and the RAY BAUM Act.

Counsel on the implementation of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and Affordable Connectivity Program’s implementation and compliance.

Counselor on software licensee on implementation dispute requirements.

Team member in a network telecom dispute involving a telecommunications patent violations, federal and state antitrust and monopolization claims, and various commercial tort claims.

Defense team member for a telecommunications executive in a public service commission investigation seeking personal liability for a regulated entity’s regulatory violations.

Instructor in a tutorial-seminar in New York on the legal requirements and pitfalls concerning cloud-computing.

Advisor on the requirements of the Connect Illinois rural broadband grant program.

Advisor to telecommunications companies’ expansion from a regional to national provider, including with respect to CAF (Connect America Fund) requirements, and high-cost Universal Service requirements.

Counselor on DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) and other telecommunications infrastructure requirements and disputes. Counsel on a federal summary judgment pleadings resulting in an order for a telecommunications company’s access charge dispute worth more than $35 million.

Counselor in administered and unadministered AAA arbitration as well as mediation (including before JAMS).
 
Recipient of the Raymond de Tufo, Jr. Constitutional Law Award for achieving the Highest Scholastic Average in Constitutional Law
 
Federal Communications Bar Association
 

About

Michael Dover’s practice focuses on providing legal advice on the rights of innovative companies that rely on established and emerging technologies.  Mike’s clients include a wide range of technology providers throughout the U.S.

Mike understands the details of complex existing and emerging technologies, a crucial element in providing practical legal and regulatory advice to entities that rely on technology.  His experience ranges from advice on hardware and software applications, such as communications infrastructure, SaaS, and the Internet of Things, to regulatory requirements, such as telecommunications and cable franchising, E911, Universal Service rules and compliance, Universal Service Fund program compliance (including Lifeline, the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and the Affordable Connectivity Program), and issues concerning security, privacy and data protection.  Mike also has first and second chair experience representing companies in disputes before various courts, alternative dispute and mediation forums, and state public service commissions.

Meticulous and detail-oriented, Mike makes a point of understanding every component of company’s needs.  By getting the details right, Mike is able to effectively leverage the nuances of the involved-technology in order to provide advice specific to the company’s needs.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Mike worked as a telecommunications regional network engineer, network planner, and build-out project manager for a national wireless provider in Illinois and Michigan.  As a result, Mike personally understands the demands that business professionals and in-house counsel face.  As a trusted advisor, clients and colleagues alike depend on Mike’s in-depth tech sector experience, as well as his innate ability to anticipate and overcome complex legal structures relating to existing and emerging technologies.
 

Experience

Regulatory counsel relating to several purchases and asset acquisitions of entities providing regulated and unregulated services.

Counsel to investors in blockchain SAFTs (Simple Agreements for Future Tokens) in a breach of contract and fraud dispute.

Advisor on multi-line corporate telephone system requirements in the U.S. and international locations, including with respect to Kari’s Law and the RAY BAUM Act.

Counsel on the implementation of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and Affordable Connectivity Program’s implementation and compliance.

Counselor on software licensee on implementation dispute requirements.

Team member in a network telecom dispute involving a telecommunications patent violations, federal and state antitrust and monopolization claims, and various commercial tort claims.

Defense team member for a telecommunications executive in a public service commission investigation seeking personal liability for a regulated entity’s regulatory violations.

Instructor in a tutorial-seminar in New York on the legal requirements and pitfalls concerning cloud-computing.

Advisor on the requirements of the Connect Illinois rural broadband grant program.

Advisor to telecommunications companies’ expansion from a regional to national provider, including with respect to CAF (Connect America Fund) requirements, and high-cost Universal Service requirements.

Counselor on DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) and other telecommunications infrastructure requirements and disputes. Counsel on a federal summary judgment pleadings resulting in an order for a telecommunications company’s access charge dispute worth more than $35 million.

Counselor in administered and unadministered AAA arbitration as well as mediation (including before JAMS).
 

Honors

Recipient of the Raymond de Tufo, Jr. Constitutional Law Award for achieving the Highest Scholastic Average in Constitutional Law
 

Memberships

Federal Communications Bar Association