C. Sean Spivey

C. Sean Spivey

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email sean.spivey@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 3280

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Sean Spivey works at the forefront of new and emerging technologies in the Communications, Internet, and Media industries. He regularly advises companies on wireless, broadband, and consumer protection regulatory matters before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and other federal agencies.

Sean has helped telecommunications and technology companies develop policy solutions and comply with regulatory requirements related to matters such as spectrum allocation and technical and service rules, experimental radio service licensing, accessibility rules, FCC equipment authorizations, and Universal Service Fund (USF) support programs. Sean has also drafted and negotiated business agreements related to spectrum licenses and other communications products and services.

Sean also maintains a substantial pro bono practice. Sean provides pro bono support to the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) as a member of the organization's Advisory Council. He has also advised on domestic violence and immigration pro bono matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Sean served as assistant general counsel to Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), a leading trade association for the competitive wireless industry.

Sean began his career as a litigation associate at a boutique commercial litigation firm, where he represented several telecommunications clients in state and federal courts across the country.

Awards and recognitions


Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40
National LGBT Bar Association (LGBT Bar)

Education and admissions


J.D., Oklahoma City University, summa cum laude, 2009

B.A., St. Edward's University, magna cum laude, 2006


Member, Federal Communications Bar Association, Executive Committee

Co-Chair, Federal Communications Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee, 2016-2018

Member, Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), Auction Committee, 2015

Member, Advisory Council, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

Member, National LGBT Bar Association

Member, Hogan Lovells Pride+ Network

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Representative experience

Represented an affiliate of General Electric (GE) in obtaining a distinctive nationwide radiolocation spectrum license in furtherance of beyond visual line of sight drone operations.

Advised a major telecommunications equipment manufacturer on applicability of draft and adopted federal legislation to specific products.

Assisted in FCC regulatory diligence and prepared license assignment/transfer applications for several portfolios of broadcast television station licenses.

Advocated for improvements to FCC's proposed changes to service rules affecting an incumbent licensee in a spectrum band targeted for repurposing for flexible use.

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