Best Best & Krieger is pleased to announce that Tillman (Tim) L. Lay joined the firm on June 1 as a partner in the Telecommunications and Municipal Law practice groups. Lay will serve his national client base from the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He joins BB&K from Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP.
“We are pleased and excited to welcome Tim to BB&K,” said Scott Campbell, who leads the firm’s Municipal Law practice group. “He is a prolific practitioner with a remarkable understanding of the telecommunications challenges local governments face today, and a track record of transformative successes in the industry. I look forward to working with and introducing our clients and colleagues to Tim.”
Lay has more than 35 years of experience handling complex and sometimes litigious telecommunications matters. He has represented clients—largely local governments and municipalities across the nation—on broadband, cable, wireless, broadcast, right-of-way franchising and other communications law-related issues before the FCC, federal courts, Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to communications law issues, Lay has noted experience representing clients in tax, land use, utility and constitutional law matters before federal courts and administrative agencies.
“It is a privilege to join BB&K’s nationally respected and accomplished Telecommunications practice,” Lay said. “I applaud BB&K’s team for their many successes on behalf of municipalities, including, most recently, the firm’s success in advocating for beneficial changes to the NTIA’s Final Rule governing implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act’s broadband and local government grant programs. I look forward to taking this next step in my professional journey with BB&K.”
Lay advises on a full scope of telecommunications issues, from contract negotiations and regulatory advice matters to small cell right-of-way placement disputes, cell site zoning issues and broadcast channel carriage rights. Additionally, he spends significant time advising and strategizing with local governments on a prominent local government revenue-raising dilemma: the eroding cable television and telecommunications fee and tax revenue base.
Lay is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.