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Evan T. Leo

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Evan Leo joined the firm shortly after its founding in 1993 and has been a partner since 2000.  His practice focuses on two areas:  telecommunications and patent litigation.  In the telecommunications field, Mr. Leo has represented the country’s largest wireline and wireless carriers in a wide range of proceedings before the FCC, DOJ, FTC, and courts.  He also represents independent video programmers, satellite providers, social networks, and telecommunications start-ups.  He leads the firm’s telecommunications research group, which has produced many influential industry fact reports over the past two decades.  He has co-authored many works in the field, including a case book on telecommunications law and journal articles.

Mr. Leo also is an experienced patent litigator.  He has represented major telecommunications carriers and equipment manufacturers.  He has participated in trials before the ITC and federal courts.

Noteworthy Representations

Represent Verizon in FCC proceedings regarding TDM-to-IP Transition, Copper Retirement, Special Access, Switched Access, Biennial Review, broadband issues, competition issues, and program access disputes.

Represent independent programmers in disputes with cable operators over program carriage (including MASN v. Comcast and MASN v. Time Warner).

Represent satellite providers in disputes with regional sports networks (including DISH v. Comcast SportsNet and DISH v. Cablevision).

Involved in numerous merger reviews before the FCC and DOJ (including AT&T-Time Warner, AT&T-T-Mobile, Verizon-MCI, SBC-Ameritech, Verizon-GTE, Bell Atlantic-NYNEX)

Verizon v. Cablevision (ITC patent litigation)

TiVo v. Verizon (E.D. Tex. Patent litigation)


Co-author:  The Case for Liberal Spectrum Licenses:  A Technical and Economic Perspective, 26 Berkeley Tech. L. J. 1037 (2011)

Co-author:  Federal Telecommunications Law, 2d ed. 2007 Supplement  (2007)

Co-author:  Federal Telecommunications Law, 2d ed. 2006 Supplement  (2006)

Co-author:  UNE Fact Report (1999)

Co-author:  The Law and Regulation of Telecommunications Carriers, Artech (1998)


The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1993

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1990

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