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Richard A. Gibbs

Richard Gibbs is an associate in the communications, media, IP and technology practice group. Richard’s practice focuses on technology transactions and licensing, and includes assisting clients with negotiating, drafting, and implementing agreements involving technology development, hardware and software procurement, licensing and distribution, electronic commerce, cloud computing, data centers and colocation, and strategic alliances. He has represented clients from start-ups and other high-growth companies to members of the Global Fortune 500 in the wireless communications, software and hardware, and financial services industries.

Richard is a registered patent attorney. He has a diverse background that includes knowledge of electrical, computer software and hardware, and telecommunications technologies, which allows him to work effectively with a variety of clients on a wide range of technologies. His previous experience working at a wireless telecommunications company, an Internet service provider, and a global consulting firm enables him to offer strategic business insight in addition to helping clients navigate legal challenges.

Representative Experience

Emerging Technologies

Mobile payment

Represented a major financial institution in connection with establishing a mobile wallet for payments using near field communication.

Mobile payment

Represented a major financial institution in establishing a mobile wallet for payments in the Caribbean.


Transactional negotiations

Representation of communications companies in negotiating and drafting fiber construction, indefeasible right to use, and capacity agreements.

Wireless network development

Represented a wireless company in negotiating and drafting interconnection agreements with local exchange carriers in multiple states.


Mergers & acquisitions

Advises telecommunications companies on the regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

Interconnection arbitrations, formal complaints, and rulemakings

Representation of wireless companies before the FCC and state public utility commissions on matters including interconnection arbitrations, formal complaints on various issues, and rulemakings.

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Law Clerk, Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Summer Associate, Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Senior Network Operations Support Engineer, Intermedia Communications, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Network Operations Control Center Engineer, Nextel Communications, McLean, Va.
  • Senior Consultant, Telecommunications Network Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Business Law and Intellectual Property Sections, American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Washington, D.C. Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017
  • Named to "Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll" by the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court, 2012-2013
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