Lee G. Petro

“Lee is driven to provide practical, business-oriented advice to his clients on how to navigate the intersection of technology and the law.”

A member in Dickinson Wright’s Washington, D.C. office, Lee G. Petro offers strategic counsel to clients within the communications industry. Lee is highly regarded for his adept navigation of regulatory complexities, including those posed by the FCC, FTC, and Congress. He handles all aspects of broadcast and wireless regulatory matters. He also works with consumer product and industrial manufacturing clients to obtain FCC equipment authorizations for the importation and marketing of new technologies, with a particular focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices in all areas of commerce and industry.

Lee also provides strategic advice to clients involved with the adoption of generative Artificial Intelligence technologies, with a particular focus on the state and federal regulatory and legislative efforts. His work spans a broad spectrum of services, including regulatory compliance, transactional guidance, and intellectual property matters. His track record in facilitating mergers and acquisitions, negotiating spectrum leasing agreements, and pioneering ventures in emerging technologies speaks volumes about his effectiveness.

Beyond his corporate endeavors, Lee is committed to advancing connectivity initiatives such as broadband and telehealth projects for public schools, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations, showcasing his dedication to the broader community. He is past President of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), past Chair of the FCBA Foundation, and recently concluded a five-year term serving on the Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.


Education & Credentials


The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

  • Editor-in-Chief, The CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Policy, 1996-1997
  • Author: A New Trial For Solomon: Comparative Hearings after Bechtel II, Volume 4, No. 2. 1996

Michigan State University, James Madison College


Bar Admission

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


  • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Distinguished Service Award, 2022 – 2023
  • Catholic Law’s Law and Technology Institute Alumni Association
    • Pay It Forward Award, 2020
  • Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation
    • Volunteer of the Year Award, 2013
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S.
    • Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory, 2019
  • Law360
    • Telecommunications Editorial Advisory Board, 2017 – 2020, 2024 – 2025.

Prominent Assignments

  • Advises industrial and construction companies relating to hardware equipment due diligence and equipment authorization work for IoT devices to monitor and transmit telematic information.
  • Reviewed hardware certification requirements and compliance presentations for U.S., Europe, and Asia jurisdictions for consumer product companies and industrial manufacturers.
  • Obtained FCC waiver and conducted hardware due diligence and related labeling work for devices using Ultra-Wideband, 5G, and GPS technology.
  • Advises companies on the adoption and implementation of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies, focusing on advertising, supply chain, and insurance industries.
  • Advised broadcasters on strategies for FCC Incentive Auction and related post-Incentive Auction repack issues.

Professional Involvement

  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Executive Board
    • Ex officio President, 2019 – 2020
    • President, 2018 – 2019
    • President-Elect, 2017 – 2018
    • Assistant Secretary, 2013 – 2014
  • Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation
    • Chairman, 2007-2008
    • Co-Chair, Scholarship Committee, 2005-2007, 2012-2013
  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Committee Member
    • National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition Committee
      • Co-Chair: 2000 – 2003, 2014 – 2016, 2019 – 2024
    • Commissioner Robert Lee Memorial Golf Tournament Committee
      • Co-Chair: 2014 – 2018, 2019 – 2024
  • Pro Bono Counsel to Martha Wright, et al., 2009-2018
    • Served as pro bono counsel to Martha Wright petitioners in rulemaking before Federal Communications Commission and state PUCs regarding adoption of price caps for Incarcerated Persons Calling Services.
  • Telecommunications for the Deaf, Counsel, 2001-2008
    • Served as pro bono counsel with respect to VoIP and Disability Access issues in several FCC and Access Board rulemakings.

Community Involvement

  • James Madison College Alumni Association
    • Board of Directors, 2024-2025
  • Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
    • Board of Directors, 2019 – 2024
    • Board of Trustees, 2014 – 2018


  • Everything Has Changed (New Tech – 3.0, A.I., and Evermore!), The Eras of Broadcasting, American Bar Association, April 14, 2024, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Birds of a Feather – Securing Critical Infrastructure, IoT Evolution Expo, The Smart City Event (204), February 14, 2024, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • A.I. Gone Wild, IoT Evolution Expo, The Generative AI Event (208-B), February 13, 2024, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Presentation – National Association of Broadcasters, Political Broadcasting 2020, May 13, 2020, Washington, D.C.
  • Interview with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, Federal Communications Bar Association Annual Lunch, June 19, 2019, Washington, D.C.
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