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Cara O'Brien Schenkel

Washington, D.C.

Cara O'Brien Schenkel

Cara Schenkel handles the major issues facing modern telecommunications companies. She represents cable operators, nationwide wireless providers, large corporations, and technology companies, ensuring that they comply with state and federal laws.

She has comprehensive knowledge of spectrum matters, Federal Communications Commission auctions, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, eligible telecommunications carrier designation and operation, transactions and mergers, and Open Internet.

Cara came to Hogan Lovells from another national law firm's telecommunications practice. In law school, she gained valuable insight into both media and government law while interning with the Broadcasting Board of Governors; she was also managing editor of the Georgetown Journal for Legal Ethics and editor of the Georgetown Law Weekly.

Cara began her communications career as an undergraduate at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, studying newspaper journalism, and put those skills to work in her job as a newspaper reporter prior to law school.



Education and admissions


  • J.D., Dean's List, Managing Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
  • B.A., Dean's List, Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholar, Founders' Scholar, Syracuse University, 2006

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
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