Douglas I. Brandon concentrates on domestic communications matters related to wireless, broadcast, satellite, telecommunications and advanced technology companies, including issues related to transactions, licensing and regulatory compliance.

Practice & Background

Mr. Brandon has significant experience in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory issues. He has represented technology companies before the FCC, Department of Justice, Administration and Congress. Mr. Brandon has handled FCC spectrum auctions and pleadings, spectrum leasing, tower matters, radio license renewals, enforcement actions, rulemakings and government investigations. He has also structured, negotiated and managed various strategic and financial transactions for companies in the communications industry.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Brandon was the general counsel, secretary and senior vice president of TerreStar Networks Inc., a publicly traded mobile communications company, where he directed all aspects of the company’s legal and compliance functions. Prior to joining TerreStar, Mr. Brandon spent nearly 10 years as vice president of external affairs and law at AT&T Wireless, where he was in charge of all federal policy development, implementation and advocacy. His work there included the oversight of regulatory approvals for the company’s sale to Cingular Wireless, a landmark deal that continues to reverberate throughout the telecommunications industry.

Mr. Brandon served as senior articles editor of Vanderbilt Law Review at Vanderbilt Law School, where he was also a Founder’s Medalist and a member of the Order of the Coif. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable William H. Timbers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Brandon is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, The Children’s Law Center, 2004-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, United States Telecommunications Training Institute, 2003-2005
  • Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, 2002-2005
  • Member, Board of Directors, Motient Corporation, 1998-2001