Sean T. Conway

Office Washington DC

Clients turn to Sean for strategic advice and practical counseling as they navigate a shifting legal, technology, and political landscape. Sean regularly assists clients of all sizes on a broad array of communications and emerging technology issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other government agencies, with a specific focus on wireless, broadband subsidy, and transportation issues. He also works with leading companies in gaining transaction approval from the FCC.

Prior to joining the firm in March of 2017, Sean served at the FCC as the Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, where he advised then-Chairman Tom Wheeler on interactions with Congress. This capped a two-and-a-half-year period during which Sean also served as a Legal Advisor to the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and as an Attorney Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau. In the Wireline Competition Bureau, Sean was part of the team that modernized the E-rate program, the government’s largest educational technology program. Sean began his legal career in the policy and regulatory section of a large international law firm.

Representative Engagements
  • Represented a global automotive trade association in securing dedicated spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for a next-generation connected vehicle technology.
  • Counseled multiple providers seeking broadband deployment funding flowing from federal COVID relief and infrastructure spending bills.
  • Advised multiple clients on issues relating to the Universal Service Fund, including the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
  • Represented clients in spectrum policy proceedings and transactions.
  • Advised a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in its business combination with an eligible telecommunications carrier.
  • Represented clients involved in appellate proceedings challenging federal agency actions.
  • Advised a pro bono client on issues relating to the FCC’s 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Filing Window.
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  • Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Communications Law (2021-2023)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2020)
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Speeches and Presentations
  • Presenter, National Tribal Telecommunications Association Broadband Opportunities Summit, “Considerations for Becoming an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier.” (February 2022)
  • Presenter, National Tribal Telecommunications Association Broadband Funding Opportunities Summit, “Federal Funding Opportunities to Utilize Your 2.5 GHz License.” (August 2021)
  • Moderator, Federal Communications Bar Association, “Connected and Automated Vehicles Lunch N’ Learn” (December 2020)
  • Panelist, Federal Communications Bar Association, “The Future of the 5.9 GHz Band.” (June 2020)
  • Panelist, National Indian Gaming Association, “The FCC 2.5 GHz Tribal Priority Window” (February 2020)
  • Presenter, American Indian Policy Institute, “The 2.5 GHz Tribal Opportunity” (December 2019)
  • Moderator, 5G Automotive Association, “The Road Ahead for C-V2X: The Future of the 5.9 GHz Band” (November 2019)
  • Panelist, National Congress of American Indians, “Preparing Your Nation for the 2.5 GHz Band Application Window” (November 2019)
  • Moderator, HetNet Expo, “State Legislation and FCC Reform of Wireless Infrastructure Regulations” (October 2017)
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Pro Bono and Volunteer Projects
  • D.C. Courts Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2020 (High Honors)
  • Volunteer Basketball Coach, Special Olympics of the District of Columbia
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Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • J.D., University of Virginia Law School, 2009
  • B.A., The College of William & Mary, magna cum laude, 2003