Liz Drogula counsels clients in enforcement and regulatory compliance matters, with a focus on compliance with federal, state, and local communications laws, including cable franchising, certifications to provide telecommunications services, transfers of authority and control, and broadcast licensing. Liz has represented clients in a variety of administrative proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission and other federal and state bodies, including adjudications, rulemakings, petitions for declaratory rulings, and petitions on license applications.
Liz leads the firm’s FCC EEO practice, advising cable and broadcast clients on compliance with the FCC’s equal employment opportunity rules. She works with clients to develop compliance programs and internal policies, provide training to human resources departments and other organizational units on compliance obligations, and meet periodic reporting obligations. She also represents the firm’s clients during FCC EEO compliance audits and related matters.
Liz has also appeared in federal and state courts to represent clients in a variety of matters. Her litigation experience includes disputes in the areas of cable franchising, retransmission consent, program interception, electronic surveillance, pole attachments, right-of-way access, and consumer actions arising from service agreements. In particular, Liz has successfully litigated the enforcement of arbitration provisions and class action waivers in consumer subscriber agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Liz worked in the music business for seven years as a concert promoter and the director of marketing for the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and its parent company, I.M.P. She routinely draws on her business background to counsel entertainment and media clients on a range of transactional matters, including content licensing and copyright review, the development of terms and conditions for the use of websites and online services, and the negotiation of talent, facility, and sponsorship agreements.
Federal regulatory work
State regulatory work
- Represented cable company before the FCC in petition for declaratory ruling regarding the transmission technology employed to deliver public, educational, and governmental access channels to subscribers.
- Represented cable companies and state cable associations in Department of Agriculture rulemaking proceeding regarding broadband access grants and loans.
- Represented broadcaster petitioning the FCC to deny a construction permit for a noncommercial educational broadcast station.
- Counseling cable operators and broadcasters on FCC EEO compliance matters and representing clients before the FCC in compliance audits.
- Managed multi-state filing of applications for certifications of public convenience and necessity to provide telecommunications services on behalf of provider preparing for national roll out of services.
- Represented telecommunications companies in applications to transfer control and authority subsequent to corporate mergers and acquisitions.
- Advised telecommunications providers on state and local reporting obligations and tariff requirements.
- Represented competitive local exchange carriers in disputes arising from interconnection agreements.
- Defended cable operator in putative class action asserting wiretap violations based on allegations of unauthorized customer call recording.
- Defended cable operator in putative class action asserting antitrust claims related to the lease of cable set top boxes.
- Represented wireless and distributed antenna service (DAS) providers in actions against municipalities under Sections 332 and 253 of the federal Communications Act seeking access to public rights of way to deploy facilities.
- Defended cable operators in pole attachment disputes regarding the rate charged for attachments used to provide voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
- Represented cable operators in actions to enforce arbitration agreements in subscriber agreements, including the enforcement of class action waivers to compel individual arbitration of claims and jury trial waivers.
- Represented non-governmental research institute in lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act as amicus curiae, drafting brief referenced in court opinion determining that White House visitor records are agency records subject to FOIA.