Education

Georgetown University

A.B., 1981

Georgetown University Law Center

J.D., 1987

Jeff Craven

Member

Overview

Jeff advises entrepreneurs, CEOs and general counsel on corporate structuring, the formation and financing of domestic and international transactions, mergers and acquisitions, FCC licensing and regulatory matters, and government contracting.

Over his 30-year career, Jeff has been a business owner, general counsel, and outside legal advisor. In his various roles he has developed and implemented business plans, raised capital, and hired outside counsel. Jeff has extensive experience in the technology, telecom, satellite, and energy sectors and regularly advises on transactions that contribute to his clients' growth, including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and technology licensing.

Jeff serves not only as legal counsel but also as a business advisor to his clients. He helps them establish effective business structures as well as strategic partnerships that further the organizational goals of both parties.

For example, upon hearing a friend’s aspirations to start his own company, Jeff suggested that he leverage his service-disabled veteran status to start his own government contracting business. In a matter of days, Jeff helped him define his mission, develop a business plan, arrange funding, and incorporate his new business entity. The business was launched months later, and within nine years, it became a $250 million company and remains a current client.

Jeff thrives on helping people solve challenging problems. After reading a story in The Washington Post about a zoning dispute between the county government and the owner of a backyard skating rink, Jeff offered to help.In this pro bono case, he steered the family away from litigation and toward engagement with local officials, resulting in a public-private partnership in which the county will partner with the Washington Capitals to build a new ice rink to serve the community.

An advocate for children, Jeff is on the Board of Second Story (formerly Alternative House) , which provides shelter, counseling, and crisis intervention for at-risk youth.

Prominent Assignments

Facilitated a joint venture partnership with three spectrum holders/operators—when a Finnish national telephone company struggled to find a joint venture partner for the U.S. wireless market – resulting in a JV with Ariel/U.S. Cellular which lead to a roll-up of all of the U.S. GSM carriers, ultimately resulting in a sale to Deutsche Telecom, now T-Mobile.

Represented a founder and 50% owner of a branding and digital marketing company in managing the “corporate divorce” when the owners’ vision for the future diverged. Negotiated the terms and conditions for the Redemption Agreement, including industry carve-outs for the two owners, price, adjustments to purchase price, non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disparagement and confidentiality.

Developed a Caribbean and South American distribution network when a privately held outdoor sports and recreation client wanted to develop new foreign markets; also accessed the U.S. Commerce Department program designed to support U.S. products abroad, resulting in increased sales for the client.

Represented U.S. broadband satellite and terrestrial communications service provider in acquisition of international assets, including ground stations, leases, IP and employees. Counseling included advice on Export Control and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, as well as tax planning.

Lead counsel to nuclear energy trade association in negotiation with the FCC and broadcasters over use of communications devices operating on broadcast spectrum, resulting in FCC and NTIA approval for FCC Special Temporary Authority (STA) and Experimental Licenses.

Represented leading government IT/communications provider in the acquisition of major video teleconferencing service provider, including negotiations with lenders, vendors and government contracting officers, regarding the novation of the government contracts.

Represented a major U.S. energy company in the completion of a $105M Central Utility Plant ("CUP") to provide power, steam and chilled water, with guarantees of 99.99% availability, meeting the recognized power quality of the Information Technology Industry Council. This public-private partnership transaction involved a 36.5 year Enhanced Use Lease and secured power for the U.S. Army and the Department of Homeland Security.

Represented privately held U.S. manufacturer/distributor of tools and household products in the acquisition of U.K.-based competitor, including all IP assets and manufacturing/distribution channels. Also negotiated an employment agreement that included revenue and production incentives.

Represented leading provider of satellite ground systems worldwide, including the negotiation of Service Distribution Agreements, Hosting Agreements, Master Services Agreements and Antenna Services Agreements, as well as Export Control and FCPA compliance.

Provide strategic advice and counsel on government contracting and immigration matters as well as potential acquisition structures for leading European fixed satellite service provider.

Qualified and served as an Expert Witness in United States District Court for FCC regulatory and transactional matters as well as for the financing of wireless telecommunications networks.

Provided FCC regulatory, licensing, and transactional advice to competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), offering dial-up and broadband Internet service, as well as local and long-distance telephone service. Also counseled on successful Rural Utilities Service ("RUS") grant application.

Represented trustee in the disposition of non-wireline MSA and Rural Service Area (RSA) cellular systems in three states, via an FCC-approved Divestiture Trust Agreement, including demonstration of competitive marketplace for wireless services.

Lead counsel representing Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) team on several Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Enhanced Use Lease projects, valued at over $400 million.

Representative Clients

  • Autonebula, Ltd.
  • Blu Tether, LLC
  • ConcealFab Corporation
  • Food Service Solutions, Inc.
  • Keppler Speakers
  • MicroTechnologies, LLC
  • Middle East North Africa Consultants’ Association
  • Nomad Global Communications Solutions Inc
  • Sigma Health Consulting, LLC
  • Uncommon Ventures, LLC

Professional Involvement

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Georgetown University’s George F. Baker Trust, Board of Trustees
  • LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children, Board of Directors
  • Sustainable Dialogue Institute, Board of Advisors

Community Involvement

  • Second Story (formerly Alternative House), Board of Directors
  • Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Founding Member, Past President
  • Fairfax County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Past Board Member, Past Chairman
  • LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children, Board Member, Past Chairman

Publications/Presentations

  • "Is Immigrant Investment Right for Your Project?"; Law360 Private Equity
  • "Getting More and Better Telecoms/Data/Broadband Services, For Less"
  • "'Who, Me Worry?' The Long Arm of the Recovery Act's Reporting Requirements and Other Compliance Obligations Under the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR")""Supreme Court's Allison Engine Decision Derailed by Changes to the False Claims Act Under the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009"
  • "Stimulus Funds: Should We or Shouldn't We?"
  • "Could the FCC Disrupt Your Next Transaction?"

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
  • US Supreme Court
  • EMAIL
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  • PRINT

Acknowledgements

  • Listed in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • 2014 Top Rated Washington D.C. and Baltimore Lawyers
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Technology American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Northern Virginia Human Services Council, Community Partner Award for Outstanding Individual
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell