Michael C. Sloan is a business lawyer who focuses on communications and health care matters. He also serves as outside General Counsel to several mid-size companies that do not have in-house counsel. Mike’s communications law experience encompasses most of the important issues that have confronted the industry since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
He has represented new entrant and start-up providers of communications services (telecom, cable, VoIP) in all phases of the business life-cycle, from start-up to industry dominance. For several years, he has represented the nation’s largest cable provider on state regulatory and interconnection matters.
Mike also represents health care providers seeking to leverage information technology to improve the delivery of health care, especially in rural and underserved communities. In this capacity, Mike assists clients with the FCC’s Health Care Connect Fund and represents physician groups providing telemedicine services.
Mike is also a general corporate lawyer who counsels clients in various industries—including a consulting firm, a real estate developer, a software developer, and a political action committee—on matters ranging from transactional (vendor and service contracts; entity sales; restructuring; and dissolution); corporate governance; succession planning; employment; executive compensation; litigation (and litigation avoidance); intellectual property, and other issues that typically confront small and medium-sized businesses.
Mike has long served as lead outside counsel for state regulatory and interconnection matters to one of the largest voice, video, and Internet service providers in the country. In addition to providing counsel on the full range of regulatory issues, Mike has first-chaired more than three dozen contested matters (arbitrations and complaint proceedings) since 2009 before state regulatory commissions, the FCC, and private arbitrators around the country (including Washington State, Washington, D.C., Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan, Vermont, Georgia, Florida, California, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Minnesota).
Mike has led the successful effort to maintain the carrier status and interconnection rights of carriers that provide wholesale service to voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service providers. In addition to regulatory and legislative advocacy on this issue, Mike has prevailed in contested proceedings before the FCC and state public utility commissions (and federal district courts) in Pennsylvania, Washington, New Hampshire, Michigan, Vermont, Georgia, Florida, and Indiana.
Mike advises communications providers, banks, venture capital firms, and other investment companies on the regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions, as well as financing and debt arrangements. He has managed regulatory transfer-of-control matters in all 50 states and before the FCC.
Prior to his legal career, Mike worked in Congress and the White House Office of Management and Budget. He clerked for United States District Court Judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez, in the District of Puerto Rico, immediately after law school.
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