Andrew D. Lipman
Andrew D. Lipman is a partner at Bingham McCutchen, where he has spent more than 30 years developing that firm’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group into one of the largest practices of its kind in the nation. He practices in virtually every aspect of communications law and related fields, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative and land use. Andy has been involved in legal and regulatory policy at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state public service commissions, in Congress and before courts to open the U.S. local telephone market to competition. He also helped shape crucial provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and has used similar approaches to promote the opening of foreign markets.
Andy was also a founder and served as Senior Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for MFS Communications, helping to guide the company from start-up to the nation’s largest competitive local services provider and its eventual sale for $14.4 billion to WorldCom. A frequent author and speaker on telecommunications related topics, Andy has published more than 170 articles and five books. He has appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio, C-SPAN, Bloomberg News Network and ABC News, and served on the editorial advisory boards of Phillips Publishing Company, Internet Law and Regulation, Telecommunications Alert, Telecommunications Reports, Telecommunications Regulatory Monitor and The Satellite Compendium. Andy also served as general counsel to the International Teleconferencing Association and as legislative/regulatory counsel to the International Satellite Users Association. He sits on the board of directors of five public companies trading on the NYSE, NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange.
Andy is co-founder and the first chairman of the Association of Local Telecommunication Services (ALTS), the national trade association for competitive telecommunications carriers. Prior to entering private practice, Andy participated in the legal honors program at the U.S. Department of Transportation and served in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, and served as an extern law clerk to Justice Raymond Sullivan of the California Supreme Court.