Colleen A. Sechrest



Colleen Sechrest practices in the regulatory, commercial and corporate spheres of the telecommunications and information technology industries. On the regulatory side, Ms. Sechrest represents wireline, wireless, broadband and subsea cable clients before state, federal and foreign regulatory agencies in connection with licensing and post-licensing regulatory compliance. She has served as telecommunications regulatory counsel in connections with mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances and debt and equity offerings, assisting clients with securing regulatory approvals when required.  Ms. Sechrest provides regulatory guidance on a wide variety of issues, including foreign ownership restrictions, national security and law enforcement obligations, privacy regulations, disabilities access and universal service reporting and contributions.

On the commercial and corporate side, Ms. Sechrest negotiates and drafts a variety of complex commercial services agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset agreements, technology development agreements and licensing agreements.  In the subsea space, these agreements involve provisioning cable capacity and backhaul dark fiber, construction and maintenance of outside plant and cable landing facilities, and landing party agreements. In addition, Ms. Sechrest assists clients with a wide variety of general business needs, including business formation and dissolution, real property transactions, shareholder agreements, and consultant and key employee agreements.

Prior to joining Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, Ms. Sechrest practiced in Los Angeles and D.C., and, prior to practicing law, served as a foreign policy aide to California Senator Alan Cranston.

Ms. Sechrest graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors.  She earned her M.A. in international policy studies from Stanford University and her B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Ms. Sechrest is a member of the District of Columbia, California and Illinois bars.


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors

Stanford University, M.A.

University of California, Irvine, B.A.



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