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“Jake is adept at handling complex legal issues, whether big or small. His pragmatic but thorough approach to analyzing both legal and business issues is refreshing. He does not ‘over-lawyer’ a problem, and is quick to formulate a strategy and execute on it with great results.”

Angela Frye, Verizon, General Counsel, Great Lakes Market

Overview

Always looking forward to the Next Big Thing in telecommunications, Jake partners with clients to spread new technology locally, regionally and nationally.

Jake represents technology and communications companies, strategizing with and advising them on the construction and implementation of their facilities. Clients respect Jake’s persuasive skills and his ability to find common ground when working with municipalities and citizen groups on issues such as rights of way, facilities leasing, siting and easements.

When disputes arise over installations, Jake represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before state and federal regulatory agencies. He has developed a reputation for resolving disputes with minimal delay and expense to clients.

In addition, Jake consults with other attorneys on general business litigation, especially when it crosses into the telecommunications sphere. He also advises clients across industries on how best to navigate the complex and evolving regulatory framework and attendant legal issues unique to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or “drones”).

“Jake is adept at handling complex legal issues, whether big or small. His pragmatic but thorough approach to analyzing both legal and business issues is refreshing. He does not ‘over-lawyer’ a problem, and is quick to formulate a strategy and execute on it with great results.”

Angela Frye, Verizon, General Counsel, Great Lakes Market


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Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Newsletter Committee, Co-Chair
  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Midwest Chapter, Co-Chair
  • Illinois Wireless Association
  • Wisconsin Wireless Association
Featured Case Study

Cell Site Developer, Verizon Win Permit for New Wireless Communications Tower

Central States Tower III LLC, a builder and manager of cell towers, turned to Husch Blackwell after the planning commission for Eau Claire, Wisconsin, rejected its application for a conditional use permit because a cell tower already stood on the site. Our team challenged the commission’s determination, arguing that its decision violated state law, and worked with the client’s carrier partner, Verizon, to remove the existing Sprint tower. The ensuing settlement benefited all parties by allowing construction of a tower that can accommodate multiple carriers to serve the immediate community while minimizing the number of towers in the vicinity.

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Additional Experience
  • Counseled technology, data and communications companies on nationwide implementation of next-generation technologies, including distributed antenna system, 5G and small cell.
  • Represented NYSE and Nasdaq telecommunications companies in complex administrative, regulatory, legislative, commercial and litigation matters.
  • Advised telecommunications and technology companies on successful solutions to handle difficult government regulations, resulting in development of infrastructures supporting emerging technologies.
Outside the Office

The bulk of Jake’s leisure time is spent with his wife and three young children.

He participates in the annual 50-kilometer American Birkebeiner, billed as the largest cross-country ski race in the country, in northwest Wisconsin. He also enjoys downhill skiing and mountain biking and never misses an opportunity to spend time at his family’s cabin in northern Wisconsin or at his in-laws’ place near the beach in South Carolina.

Community Leadership

Jake is a board member of the Friends of the Remington Center Endowment.

This organization helps fund the clinical programs at the Frank J. Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The center is named after Jake’s grandfather, a former professor at the school, and comprises several legal clinical projects dedicated to teaching, service and research.  

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