Gail A. Karish is a Los Angeles-based partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP who focuses on telecommunications, assisting clients in California and across the nation with a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters involving broadband and fiber networks, cable and telecom franchising, wireless communications and public-private partnerships. Gail’s clients are mainly public agencies, such as local governments, water districts and municipal utilities. Public agencies serve a variety of roles in relation to telecommunications infrastructure – regulator, owner, service provider, customer, and partner – and Gail’s clients come to her for advice on issues that arise in all these contexts. She also represents some cooperatives, nonprofits and competitive providers.
Gail regularly advises and assists clients with:
- Compliance with federal and state wireless siting laws, shot clocks and other regulations affecting individual permit applications
- Broadband planning, and revising master plans, local ordinances and regulatory processes to encourage broadband deployment
- Compliance with federal and state cable and telecom franchising laws, including those applicable to competitive franchising, renewals and transfers
- Evaluating, structuring and implementing opportunities for public-private partnerships
- Representation in rulemaking proceedings, licensing and regulatory approvals, and pole attachment disputes before the FCC and state utility commissions
- Negotiation of agreements such as cable and telecom franchises; fiber network leases and IRUs; pole attachment and collocation agreements; macro cell site leases and small cell licenses; Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and smart city contracts
Gail previously worked in-house at a Miami-based telecommunications carrier that was a subsidiary of Entel-Chile where she was responsible for state and federal licensing, regulatory compliance, and contracts related to the company’s national launch of retail and wholesale telecommunications and Internet services targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. Gail started her career in Canada at a large government-owned electric utility where she represented the utility at environmental and rate hearings, and later helped develop and implement an investment strategy focused on privatization opportunities in Latin America which resulted in the successful acquisition of a Peruvian electric utility.
Gail has law degrees from McGill University and York University in Canada, and is admitted to practice law in California.