The Sherman & Howard Difference

For more than 50 years, Sherman & Howard has been providing comprehensive counsel to cable television, internet, telecommunications, media, and publishing clients. We’ve advised on everything from entity formation and finance through intellectual property protection, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, securities law issues, operational and governance matters, and employment and employee benefits issues.

Our lawyers have closed hundreds of transactions for telecommunications and media clients worldwide, representing several of the industry’s largest companies in North America. We bring depth and breadth of experience in negotiating mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; handling labor negotiations; and litigating disputes involving nearly every type of claim. Further, we bring an insider’s perspective and firsthand experience as former industry executives and in-house counsel. Our team includes a former general counsel of United Artists, TCI, and AT&T Broadband who previously served as the chairman of the board of General Communication, Inc.; a former Senior VP at AT&T Broadband; a former satellite engineer at Boeing; a team member who orchestrated and managed the mergers and acquisitions activity for a top-five MSO; and a Publishers Association of the West Hall of Fame recipient. In these roles, we developed unrivaled insight. We have contacts at many of the major industry participants and frequently work with all levels, from the corporate boardrooms of the largest companies down to the smallest systems.

We represent a diverse clientele that includes traditional and new media companies, telecommunications businesses, including FCC-licensed wireless carriers, network infrastructure and equipment suppliers, investors, property owners, and public utilities, as well as publishers, content-based marketing companies, cable TV and internet companies, and service providers. Applying our broad-based experience and leveraging worldwide contacts and deep understanding of the industry landscapes, we’ve helped our clients identify opportunities, manage risk, build their businesses, and improve their market position.

Our Approach

Our firm focuses on meeting our clients’ many and varied needs at every stage of their development, serving as a one-stop shop for every issue that arises. With that goal in mind, we’ve created a team that includes transactional, intellectual property, regulatory, and corporate counsel as well as trial attorneys—a team with experience in handling a high volume of complex transactions, regulatory challenges, and litigation matters. We work collaboratively across practice areas, streamlining service and providing our clients with the best team based on their specific needs and goals, with sensitivity to their time and budget constraints. Further, we believe in the importance of being proactive and regularly help our clients identify and resolve issues before they become problems.

Services

We routinely advise on and represent clients regarding:

 

BUSINESS COUNSELING

  • Business formation, structuring, operations, and management
  • Finance
  • Intellectual property and technology licensing, brand optimization, trademark and copyright protection, infringement and rights enforcement
  • Franchising and renewals
  • Wireless networks buildout and infrastructure issues
  • Cable, tower, satellites, and mobile telecommunications projects
  • Data protection and cybersecurity
  • E-Commerce issues
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Revenue stream development
  • Postage
  • Network sharing and supply chain issues
  • Vendor and consumer contracts, subscription agreements, and fulfillment contracts
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures of companies, subsidiaries, and divisions
  • Partnerships, joint ventures, co-development arrangements, and other strategic alliances
  • Internet and electronic media transactions
  • Access and interconnection issues and agreements
  • Long-term leasing and due diligence review
  • Advertising, promotions, and sweepstakes issues
  • Strategic investment and investment terms
  • Tax issues and tariffs

 

REAL ESTATE

  • Property purchases, sales, leasing, and development
  • Land use, zoning, and municipal approvals, strategy, and implementation

 

REGULATORY ISSUES, COMPLIANCE & ADVOCACY

  • Government relations
  • Environment issues and compliance
  • Advocacy before state and federal regulatory bodies, including the FCC and state public utility commissions (PUCs)
  • Consumer privacy and protection

 

LITIGATION & INVESTIGATIONS

  • Nationwide litigation, federal and state court trials and appeals, and class action defense
  • Litigation and all forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • Regulatory investigations, hearings, and enforcement matters, including matters before the EPA and FCC