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Darrel Pae provides regulatory, transactional, and litigation counseling to telecommunications, media, and Internet clients on communications law, privacy issues, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations. Darrel has assisted clients on merger proceedings and other transactions before the FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as on privacy and data retention issues relevant to technology and media firms.

Before joining the firm, Darrel served as an attorney-advisor in the Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. At the FCC, he provided legal advice and drafted orders and other dispositional documents on wireless infrastructure deployment issues, telecommunications classification issues, National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act compliance and policy, and wireless merger reviews and other competition issues in a wide variety of proceedings that include rulemaking, regulatory review, and adjudication. He also served as deputy designated federal officer for the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

Darrel graduated with high honors from The George Washington University Law School, where he was Samuel and Mary T. Burgess Scholar and managing editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal. After graduation, Darrel was an appellate court attorney at the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and served as a judicial law clerk on the Supreme Court of Hawaii.


  • An Asian government ministry on advice regarding U.S. and EU law and policy on AI regulation.
  • AT&T in coordinating U.S. regulatory approvals and in resolving contractual and change-of-control issues for the WarnerMedia/Discovery merger.
  • AT&T in coordinating U.S. federal, state, and local government approvals and notices in its 2021 spinoff of DIRECTV.
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction company in a spectrum lease for a utility's private network.
  • AT&T in its divestiture of certain telecommunications assets.
  • Leading media company in compliance issues pertaining to FCC's video rules.
  • Large multinational technology company in a litigation matter involving the FCC's radio frequency exposure and safety rules.


The Legal 500 US
Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional (2022)
Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory (2022)



  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2014, with High Honors, Order of the Coif, and Samuel and Mary T. Burgess Scholar
  • B.S., Business Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 2011, magna cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • Hawaii Supreme Court, The Honorable Richard W. Pollack
  • New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division