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 and unique legal perspectives on the rights of innovative technology companies.  Mike’s clients include a wide range of established and emerging technology providers throughout the U.S.

Mike understands the details of complex and sophisticated technologies, a crucial element in providing legal and regulatory advice to technology providers.  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 relating to E911 and Universal Service rules, and issues concerning security, privacy and data protection, in both licensing and performance-based breach disputes.  Mike also has first and second chair experience representing technology companies before various federal courts, state courts and state public service commissions across the country.

Meticulous and detail-oriented, Mike makes a point of understanding every component of every case in which he is involved.  By getting the details right, Mike is able to effectively leverage the nuances of the involved-technology in order to provide his client advice specific to their needs.  A proven oral and written advocate, Mike is focused on developing strategies and positions that present his client’s positions in a manner that maximizes the potential for a favorable outcome.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Mike worked as a telecommunications regional network engineer, network planner, and build-out project manager for T-Mobile USA (and predecessor entities VoiceStream and Omnipoint) 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.

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.

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 and unique legal perspectives on the rights of innovative technology companies.  Mike’s clients include a wide range of established and emerging technology providers throughout the U.S.

Mike understands the details of complex and sophisticated technologies, a crucial element in providing legal and regulatory advice to technology providers.  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 relating to E911 and Universal Service rules, and issues concerning security, privacy and data protection, in both licensing and performance-based breach disputes.  Mike also has first and second chair experience representing technology companies before various federal courts, state courts and state public service commissions across the country.

Meticulous and detail-oriented, Mike makes a point of understanding every component of every case in which he is involved.  By getting the details right, Mike is able to effectively leverage the nuances of the involved-technology in order to provide his client advice specific to their needs.  A proven oral and written advocate, Mike is focused on developing strategies and positions that present his client’s positions in a manner that maximizes the potential for a favorable outcome.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Mike worked as a telecommunications regional network engineer, network planner, and build-out project manager for T-Mobile USA (and predecessor entities VoiceStream and Omnipoint) 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.

Experience

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.

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