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Zeb Zankel

Zeb Zankel concentrates his practice on communications law. He counsels on a wide variety of regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters, focusing especially on state regulatory issues. Zeb has experience within both the public and private sector, having worked as a law clerk for the California Public Utilities Commission, in addition to clerking at the in-house legal departments for two multinational companies.

Representative Experience

Regulatory advocacy

Advising clients, filing comments and motions, and participating in workshops and hearings in various CPUC regulatory proceedings, including proceedings regarding service quality, rural call completion, fire safety and mapping, California LifeLine, right-of-way rules, California Public Records Act, and others. (Ongoing)

State approvals for aerial and underground fiber projects

Securing state approval to build aerial and underground fiber projects for several companies, including Sunesys and PAXIO. (Ongoing)

Regulatory approvals of mergers and acquisitions

Achieved state approval for several transfers of control of telecommunications companies, including Bright House Networks (2016), Suddenlink (2015), and Mitel (2017).

Audits and investigations

Counseling several telecommunications clients through CPUC audits and investigations. (Ongoing)

CLEC certification and wireless registration

Secured state certification and registration for several CLEC and wireless companies, including Comcast (2017) and 5 Bars (2016).

Administrative litigation

Defended former competitive local exchange carrier in a CPUC complaint case brought by a carrier relating to the transfer of customers between carriers. The case was ordered dismissed. D.16-04-001. (2016)

Additional Qualifications

  • Co-Chair, Young Utility Lawyers, Conference of California Public Utility Counsel
  • Law Clerk, Administrative Law Judges Division, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Legal Intern, Office of Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Legal Intern, PayPal Inc.
  • AmeriCorps Fellow, Citizen Schools (managed a national youth digital media program)