Potomac Law Welcomes Douglas Bonner

We are pleased to announce that Douglas Bonner has joined the firm as a Partner in the Telecommunications, Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Media, Entertainment, and Communications practice groups.

Mr. Bonner has more than 25 years of experience representing wireline and wireless providers, cable TV, VoIP and broadcast companies in regulatory matters before the FCC, FTC, DOJ, U.S. Department of Commerce/NTIA, DOT/NHTSA and other federal agencies, and in state regulatory proceedings, as well as in telecommunications-related litigation.  His practice ranges from litigating telecommunications industry disputes and defending regulatory enforcement proceedings to advising clients on mergers & acquisitions.  Mr. Bonner also helps clients negotiate beneficial terms in their communications service, distributed antenna system and other service agreements.

Mr. Bonner’s practice also involves counseling clients on privacy and data security issues arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act or Truth in Caller ID Act, or international transfers of personal data, including organizing and presenting corporate compliance programs relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or helping clients evaluate and comply with various options to satisfy EU regulations protecting the personal data of EU citizens.

Mr. Bonner’s telecom litigation practice includes representing telecommunications carriers in interconnection, submarine cable and other disputes, cases involving claims under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, access charge disputes, and FCC and state regulatory enforcement and contested case proceedings.  Mr. Bonner has also defended businesses engaged in telemarketing in private actions involving alleged breaches of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other privacy laws.

In addition, Mr. Bonner assists enterprise customers in negotiating services contracts with wireless communications and Internet service providers.  This includes negotiating distributed antenna system (DAS), master service agreements and subtending service agreements.  Mr. Bonner has successfully assisted clients terminating agreements for cause without termination liability, and resolved disputes under contractual dispute resolution provisions under advantageous terms.

He is a frequent speaker, moderator and author on issues facing the communications industry.  Mr. Bonner has served for three years as Co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Privacy and Data Security Committee (2014-2017). Mr. Bonner has been frequently recognized as a leading lawyer in Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite by Chambers, USA.

Mr. Bonner received his B.A. from Bucknell University in 1980.  He earned his law degree from the Catholic University School of Law in 1983 where he was the Associate Editor of the Catholic University Law Review.