Telecommunications Law

Telecommunications Law includes:

  • Permitting of wireless telecommunications facilities
  • Land acquisition and leasing relating to wireless telecommunications facilities
  • Environmental review of facility siting
  • Negotiation of lease agreements
  • Litigation

The firm has years of experience with respect to all aspects of telecommunications law. Our attorneys are adept with the complexities of permitting wireless telecommunications facilities. In the past decade, attorneys from Young/Sommer have obtained approvals for well over 100 new towers and co-locations on existing structures for wireless telecommunications providers. In so doing, our attorneys have honed their skills in presenting these types of projects to local boards and navigating the complexities associated with obtaining the required approvals.

Young/Sommer is also fully informed on the intricacies of wireless telecommunications leasing and the negotiations that go hand-in-hand with obtaining an agreement to site a facility. In that role, the firm’s attorneys have successfully negotiated leases in a variety of contexts including those with private entities, religious institutions, and various governmental entities. Along the way, Young/Sommer has successfully addressed a variety of real estate, title and environmental, and related matters that arise in the context of obtaining a property interest for a telecommunications facility.

The firm’s attorneys are up-to-date on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and recent Federal Communications Commission “shot clock” rulings governing the timeframes for approval of telecommunications facilities. Our significant involvement in the field of telecommunications has allowed us to learn the intricacies of all aspects of telecommunications facilities permitting, including those related to radio-frequency emissions, Federal Aviation Administration regulations and the interplay of local zoning and land use regulations.

Young/Sommer’s attorneys serve or have served as attorneys for various large wireless telecommunications providers. In addition, over the years, the firm’s attorneys have represented municipalities and individuals with respect to wireless telecommunications, siting, leasing and related issues.

The firm’s Telecommunications Law practice group includes David Brennan, Robert Panasci, Kristin Laviolette Pratt, Jessica Vigars, Laura Bomyea and Scott Olson.

The following Young/Sommer attorneys represent clients in this practice area.

David C. BrennanDavid C. Brennan

David C. Brennan graduated cum laude from Albany Law School with a concentration in environmental law and holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Joseph F. CastiglioneJoseph F. Castiglione

Joseph F. Castiglione primarily practices in the areas of commercial, contract, municipal, land-use, administrative and environmental law, with his practice primarily dedicated to litigation in State and Federal courts.


Michael J. MooreMichael J. Moore

Michael J. Moore has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court environmental disputes, as well as administrative hearings before State and local agencies.


Robert A. PanasciRobert A. Panasci

Robert A. Panasci is a partner with Young/Sommer LLC and has been practicing real property law, municipal law, environmental law and special education law since 2002. His legal practice includes representation of corporate and individual clients in all aspects of real estate matters.


Laura K. BomyeaLaura K. Bomyea

Laura Bomyea received her J.D. from Albany Law School, and her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Literature, from Bard College.  She spent… Read More


E. Hyde ClarkeE. Hyde Clarke

E. Hyde Clarke joined Young/Sommer after receiving his J.D. from Albany Law School in May 2014. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from… Read More


Kristin Laviolette PrattKristin Laviolette Pratt

Kristin Laviolette Pratt (Associate) has been practicing environmental law, commercial litigation, and real property law at Young/Sommer LLC since 2005. Kristin has represented both corporate and individual clients before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in negotiating regulatory proceedings as well as before local government boards.


Scott P. OlsonScott P. Olson

Mr. Olson has been a strong advocate for the wireless communications industry since the mid-1990’s. He has successfully represented international tower companies and FCC licensed… Read More