Paul J. Caritj

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Paul Caritj is an associate with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where he practices in the areas of communications and appellate litigation, advising clients regarding the regulatory dimensions of new transactions and business ventures, as well as advocating for clients’ strategic interests in proceedings affecting domestic and international spectrum regulation.

Communications

  • Advises and advocates on behalf of clients engaging in spectrum transactions, including FCC competition analysis, build-out rules, special issues relating to spectrum below 1 GHz, and other regulatory issues.
  • Provides advice to Wi-Fi providers and other unlicensed stakeholders regarding a diverse range of spectrum policy issues, including new spectrum opportunities, protection of existing unlicensed technologies from interference, and other threats to the unlicensed/Wi-Fi ecosystem. Successfully advocated on behalf of a major Wi-Fi stakeholder in a novel FCC rulemaking about the ability of property owners to interfere with Wi-Fi devices on their property.
  • Counsels clients on a number of issues relating to spectrum auctions, including advocacy and advice relating to auction design, strategies for understanding likely auction outcomes, and auction participation.
  • Advises clients on spectrum-related FCC proceedings including numerous aspects of the Incentive Auction, 5 GHz rules, the 3.5 GHz “Citizens Band,” and others.
  • Helps clients seeking to understand and influence international telecommunications rules, including advice regarding spectrum used by unmanned aerial vehicles and high-altitude platform stations as well as international spectrum issues facing Wi-Fi stakeholders.
  • Assists clients regarding the Commission’s designated entity rules for auction participation and secondary market transactions by smaller entities.
  • Advises and advocates on behalf of clients pursuing new and innovative uses of spectrum, including advice regarding compliance with existing rules, experimental licenses, waivers of FCC rules, and rulemakings.
  • Counsels cable operators relating to retransmission consent and other regulatory issues relating to video distribution.

Appellate Litigation

  • Advises clients regarding management of appellate risk during the FCC rulemaking process.
  • Authors federal appellate briefs challenging adverse decisions of administrative agencies and advises clients on pending communications policy matters.

Prior to joining Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, Mr. Caritj clerked for the Honorable Allyson K. Duncan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. He served as the Managing Notes Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, receiving the Louis Honigman Memorial Award for the greatest contribution to the publication that year. Mr. Caritj also served as a Lead Article Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Private Equity and Venture Capital Law (now known as the Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review).

Prior to joining the legal industry, Mr. Caritj was an entrepreneur founding a business intelligence and information technology consulting firm as well as a provider of back-office equipment and management services to wireless Internet service providers.



Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

University of Virginia, B.A., high distinction

Clerkships

Hon. Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Hon. Thomas P. Griesa, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

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