CHRIS SHENK is a co-leader of Sidley’s Telecom and Internet Competition practice, which was recently named a “Telecommunications Group of the Year” by Law360. Chris provides regulatory, transactional and litigation counseling to wireline, wireless, video, media and internet clients. He has represented clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Justice (DOJ), state regulatory agencies, state and federal district courts, and state and federal appellate courts. Chris has a broad range of experience in communications-related litigation and regulatory matters, and has extensive knowledge in the areas of communications mergers, wireless services (including spectrum auctions), e911, privacy, Internet backbone interconnection, dedicated services, local competition, Voice over Internet Protocol, video services, access charge regulation and intercarrier compensation. In addition, Chris has represented clients in energy and other regulated industries in a variety of matters involving litigation and economic regulation.
Chris’s recent representations include:
- Counseling AT&T in proceedings before the FCC and DOJ in connection with AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner and DIRECTV, as well as several of AT&T’s largest wireline and wireless acquisitions during the past decade
- Representing AT&T and other clients before the FCC in multiple large rulemaking and investigation proceedings, including the Spectrum Auctions, Business Data Services, UNE Forbearance and Open Internet proceedings
Prior to joining Sidley, Chris earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia, where he was an instructor of economics for two years.
Admissions & Certifications
- District of Columbia
- University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1999
- University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1997
- Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1992