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Robert Stankey


Bob Stankey specializes in telecommunications, media and technology law. He has an in-depth knowledge of privacy and telecom regulation in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He counsels clients on commercial contracts and legal compliance matters. A former senior in-house lawyer in the U.S. and Europe, he practiced with two international firms in London and is qualified to practice in the U.S. and the UK.

Representative Experience

Advising on EU data protection and online marketing compliance for clients in the technology and media industries

Negotiating data processing agreements, structuring cross-border data transfer arrangements (including standard contractual clauses) and analyzing data localization requirements for cloud service providers

Negotiating service agreements and assessing regulatory risks for international launches of over-the-top communications and content services

Obtaining licenses, authorizations and number allocations in Europe for mobile communications services, VoIP providers and special-event TV broadcasting

Advising on U.S. telecom licensing, regulatory compliance, taxes and privacy obligations for enterprise cloud communications services and VoIP providers

Counseling on encryption controls and communications interception and metadata retention requirements under U.S., UK and European laws

Analyzing impact of proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation on the provision of cloud services

Advising UK television channel on its launch of a U.S. cable channel and related content portal and online store

Preparing global surveys of privacy, security, telecom and content liability laws for online service providers

Conducting a privacy law assessment for the launch of new mobile analytics services under U.S., EU and major Asian markets, applying emerging rules on location-based services and the Internet of Things 

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, Media and Technology Group, Reed Smith LLP, London, 2007-2010
  • Special Counsel, IT/IP Group, Covington & Burling LLP, London, 2003-2007
  • Associate General Counsel, AOL Europe, America Online, Inc., Dulles, Va., and London, 1999-2003
  • General Counsel, Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc., McLean, Va., 1998-1999
  • Assistant General Counsel, CyberCash, Inc., Reston, Va., 1996-1998
  • Associate, Hogan & Hartson LLP, Washington, D.C., 1990-1996

Professional & Community Activities

  • International Technology Law Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in Telecom, Broadcast, & Satellite (District of Columbia) by Chambers USA, 2013, 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology, 2015