Gerard Lavery Lederer


Tel: (202) 370-5304


At a Glance

Gerry advocates against preemption of public and private property owners’ rights before  state and federal legislative bodies and before corresponding regulatory agencies.
Lederer is a registered federal lobbyist and has both public and private sector advocacy experience protecting property rights and police powers when dealing with cable, small cell, broadband and telecommunications franchising and renewals.
Gerry is one of the nation’s leading authorities on marketplace solutions for deployment of small cells and other wireless technologies, as well as deployment of municipal broadband and WiFi services.

Gerard Lavery Lederer’s unique background as a nationally recognized telecommunications, cable and small cell lawyer combined with his experiences as a registered federal lobbyist provides clients unparalleled service in seeking both legislative and transactional solutions. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP as a partner in the Municipal Law practice group in Washington, D.C., Gerry was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a highly regarded local government rights of way law firm.

Understanding the Marketplace
Gerry is one of the nation’s leading authorities on marketplace solutions for the seamless integration of cable and wireless technology into communities. He authored “Critical Connections” and “Wired for Profit,” two leading guides on the integration of telecommunications technology in the built environment. He developed the first model license agreements for access to buildings and rooftops to promote cooperative relations between telecommunications service providers and property owners, while protecting both parties’ interests. He has facilitated the negotiations on some of the leading cable franchise and small cell agreements in the nation.

A Voice for Local Government
Gerry advocates for public and private property owners regarding issues of law and policy arising from federal and state communications legislation and regulation. Gerry serves as legislative counsel and lead Washington advocate for TeleCommUnity, a collection of local governments dedicated to ensuring respect for local rights in federal legislative and regulatory activity. He has also led numerous FCC coalitions of local governments on cable and wireless regulations.

Since arriving in Washington, D.C. in 1985 as the City of Philadelphia’s Washington advocate, Gerry has served as Washington legislative counsel to a number of local governments and agencies, including as lead advocate for local governments on infrastructure issues and as general counsel of the United States Conference of Mayors. He has also served as executive director of advocacy and research advancement for the Building Owners and Managers Association, International and executive director of government affairs for the United States Telephone Association. Prior to his career in Washington, he served as the chief deputy city commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. This position oversees the city’s voter registration and election day. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors from whom he has received numerous Ovation Awards and was the 2011 NATOA Member of the Year.


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.
  • Haverford College, B.A.


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Communications Law, 2021
  • Outstanding Associate Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Member of the Year Award, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, 2011
Legal Alerts Feb 03, 2021

FCC Continues to Undercut Local Authority on OTARD

Oversight of Satellite Dishes and Certain Antennas Curtailed

Legal Alerts Jan 05, 2021

FCC Further Regulates Artificial or Prerecorded Voice Calls

Public Agencies Using Robocalls Have New Limitations/Obligations

Legal Alerts Dec 15, 2020

FCC Clarifies That Prohibitions on Robocalls Apply to Local Governments

Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Public Agencies

Legal Alerts Nov 17, 2020

Cell Site Landlords: Expect Increase in Requests to Install Generators

Don’t Surrender Your Property Rights

Legal Alerts Aug 17, 2020

5G Infrastructure Decision Mixed for Local Governments

Ninth Circuit Takes on FCC Small Cell Orders

Legal Alerts Jun 22, 2020

FCC Adopts Rules that Could Impact Concealment of Wireless Infrastructure

How Communities Can Respond

Legal Alerts Nov 12, 2019

FCC Denies Cable Franchise Order Stay Request But Provides Implementation Guidance

Deadline for Appeal Coming Soon

Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2019

Reminder: New Federal 911 Law Goes Into Effect in February

Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone Systems

Authored Articles & Publications Oct 18, 2019

A Texas Bill Reducing Telecom Right of Way Fees Could Set Trends in Other States

In the Practical Law Journal, BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer Explains How Such Laws Could Impact Cities’ Revenue

Legal Alerts Aug 06, 2019

FCC Releases Cable Order that Will Cost Communities Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

BB&K Summarizes Order’s Four Major Elements and Offers Response Options

Authored Articles & Publications May 06, 2019

FCC’s OTARD Rule Proposal: Comment Period Open

Partner Gerry Lederer Discusses New Developments in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Apr 22, 2019

Further FCC Assault on Local Zoning

Join Coalition to Fight Proposed Expansion of OTARD Rule

Legal Alerts Jan 14, 2019

New FCC Shot Clocks and Other Rules Preempting Local Authority Over Wireless Take Effect Today

Federal Shutdown Does Not Delay Implementation

Legal Alerts Sep 25, 2018

FCC Takes First of Two Actions: Could Cost Local Government Billions in Next Decade

Communities Coalition Forming Now

Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2018

Proposed FCC Actions Will Limit Local Control and Cut Revenues

Immediate Action Needed — Community Coalition Forming

Legal Alerts Aug 08, 2018

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

Legal Alerts May 07, 2018

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist

Know Your Rights Amid Mobile Carrier Mega Mergers

Legal Alerts Feb 16, 2018

New Federal 911 Law Could Impact Many Public Agencies and Businesses

Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone Systems

Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

Legal Alerts Jan 31, 2018

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know

The State of the Union Address and a Leaked Memo Give the Insight We’ve Been Waiting For

Legal Alerts Jan 30, 2018

Red Flags on Wireless: A Recent Resignation Signals Industry-Weighted Regulations Ahead

Local Governments Should Speak Up Now for Local Control

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 30, 2018

Local Government Reaction is Swift to FCC’s Wireless Regulation Actions

By Joseph Van Eaton, Gerard Lavery Lederer and Gail A. Karish

Legal Alerts Oct 31, 2017

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update

Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 12, 2017

Good News for Public Agencies and Communities on Regulation of Cable Systems

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

Legal Alerts May 17, 2017

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC

Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Authored Articles & Publications Jan 10, 2017

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates

Rules Ensure Broadband-Ready Developments

Legal Alerts Nov 15, 2016

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty

Post-Election Opportunities for Local Government Agencies

Legal Alerts Sep 28, 2016

Regulation of Antennas In Rights of Way Based on Aesthetic Concerns Upheld

Court Allows City’s Ordinance

Legal Alerts Aug 24, 2016

New Rules Impact PEG Access Stations’ Responsibilities Regarding Closed Captioning

Additional Reporting and Compliance Requirements

Legal Alerts Jun 30, 2016

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion

FCC Looking to Increase Eligibility for Reimbursement

Legal Alerts Jun 27, 2016

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning

Failure to Comply Could Impact HUD Funding

Legal Alerts Jun 22, 2016

FCC’s Lifeline Order

Opportunities for Public Housing Residents and Local Government Agencies

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 19, 2016

[PRESENTATION] Telecommunications 2016: The Challenges Facing Local Government

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

Legal Alerts Apr 14, 2016

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as “Special Access”) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted

Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2016

FCC Opens Door to New Regime of Multichannel Video Programming

FCC Will Seek Comments

Authored Articles & Publications May 27, 2015

Cellphone Tower Regulation: Maximizing Revenue While Protecting Local Interests

By Joseph Van Eaton and Gerard Lavery Lederer

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 09, 2015

Landlord’s Checklist For Cell Tower Transfers

By Gerard Lavery Lederer

  • "Gerard Lederer and McKenzie Schnell: FCC Continues to Undercut Local Authority on OTARD," Broadband Breakfast, Feb. 4, 2021
  • “Good News for Public Agencies and Communities on Regulation of Cable Systems,” BBKnowledge, July 12, 2017
  •  “Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month,” BBKnowledge, May 23, 2017
  •  “Local Government in the Crosshairs,” BBKnowledge, April 13, 2017
  •  “Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal,” BBKnowledge, March 10, 2017
  •  “FCC Shot Clock Not Tolled by Applicant Delays or Vague Notice of Incompleteness, Court Finds,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 10, 2017
  •  “HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 3, 2017
  •  “HUD Seeks to Widen Broadband Accessibility,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 3, 2016
  •  HUD and FCC Broadband Services Expansion Proposals,” BBKnowledge, June 30, 2016
  •  Cell Siting Dilemmas,” BBKnowledge, April 20, 2016
  •  “Cell Towers: Be Prepared or Beware of the Substantial Change to Come,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 24, 2015
  •  “New FCC Rules Will Require New Approach to Siting of Wireless Facilities,” BBKnowledge, Nov. 6, 2014
  •  “December 3 Deadline for Submitting Federal Water Projects,” BBKnowledge, Oct. 9, 2014
  •  “Franchise Renewal and Cable Regulation in the Digital World,” BBKnowledge, Oct. 3, 2014
  • “Regulatory Threat to Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities,” BBKnowledge, July 18, 2014
  • “Developments in Water Law,” BB&K Legal Alert, June 10, 2014
  • “WIFIA: New $350 Million Water Project Federal Financing Program*,” BBKnowledge, May 23, 2014


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