Tony Lin works with new and established satellite and communications companies, understanding their varying legal and business needs.

Tony has assisted numerous NewSpace companies, including smallsat entrepreneurs, in obtaining regulatory spectrum and imaging licenses for innovative satellite services, including: radiofrequency sensing and geolocation; mission extension; synthetic aperture radar, hyperspectral, and multispectral imaging; on-orbit transportation and deployment; Internet of Things; weather forecasting; and orbital debris removal. He also has over a decade of experience advising traditional satellite companies providing fixed-satellite service, broadcasting-satellite service, and mobile-satellite service.

Tony advises companies on policy and regulatory matters before U.S. federal agencies and international organizations, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Tony serves on the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), which advises NOAA on the regulation of commercial satellites conducting imaging operations in space.

Tony has for years been active in diversity and inclusion efforts, serving as an officer on several boards of well-respected diverse bar associations, including the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. Since 2018, he has served as Co-Chair of the firm's Asian Pacific American affinity group. 

Tony holds a Ph.D. in economics and, prior to entering the practice of law, taught economics at Southern Illinois University.

Awards and recognitions


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions, Next Generation Lawyer
Legal 500 US


Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite practice group top ranking (District of Columbia)
Chambers USA

Education and admissions


Ph.D., The University of Iowa, The University of Iowa Foundation Fellowship, Teaching/Research Assistant, 1997

J.D., The University of Iowa, High Distinction, Law Opportunity Fellowship, Journal of Corporation Law, 1995

B.A., University of Virginia, Intermediate Honors, Dean's List, McDermott Scholarship, 1991


Adjunct professor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 2020-2021

Member, NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), 2018-present

Co-chair, Asian Pacific American Affinity Group, Hogan Lovells, 2018-present

Treasurer, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, 2011-present

Co-chair, Access to Records Subcommittee, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2006-07

Treasurer, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington D.C. Area, 2005-07

Board Member and Treasurer, Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, 2003-05

Co-chair, Charity Auction Raffle Subcommittee, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2003-05

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Representative experience

Advising innovative NewSpace companies, including Planet Labs, Momentus, Hawkeye 360, and Loft Orbital, on end-to-end regulatory and commercial matters.

Assisting GE Healthcare in obtaining a first-of-its-kind waiver of the FCC's radio-frequency equipment requirements, solving a critical supply chain issue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advising Columbia Capital and its portfolio companies on a wide range of telecommunications and satellite projects.

Successfully challenging the FCC's decision to deny SNR Wireless spectrum auction bidding credits worth more than US$1.3bn.

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