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Tony Lin

Washington, D.C.

Tony Lin

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

Tony has assisted a number of cutting-edge small satellite entrepreneurs in obtaining spectrum licenses and routinely advises such companies on regulatory strategies designed to advance business objectives cost-effectively. Tony has over a decade of experience representing more traditional satellite companies providing fixed-satellite service, broadcasting-satellite service, and mobile-satellite service.

In the transactional context, Tony has negotiated and drafted orbital use agreements (with both foreign administrations and satellite operators), frequency coordination agreements, non-disclosure agreements, satellite transfer of control and assignment agreements, and satellite manufacturing agreements.

He 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 was recognized in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 US as a Next Generation Lawyer in Media, Technology, and Telecoms (Technology: Transactions).

Tony provides counsel on a variety of other communications matters, including wireless spectrum policy and licensing, equipment authorizations, unlicensed device operations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and spectrum auctions. Tony has challenged U.S. regulatory decisions before federal appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

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

Education and admissions


  • Ph.D., The University of Iowa Foundation Fellowship, Teaching/Research Assistant, University of Iowa, 1997
  • J.D., High Distinction, Law Opportunity Fellowship, Journal of Corporation Law, University of Iowa, 1995
  • B.A., Intermediate Honors, Dean's List, McDermott Scholarship, University of Virginia, 1991


  • Board Member and Treasurer, Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund, 2003-05
  • Co-chair, Access to Records Subcommittee, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2006-07
  • Co-chair, Charity Auction Raffle Subcommittee, Federal Communications Bar Association, 2003-05
  • Treasurer, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington D.C. Area, 2005-07
  • Treasurer, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, 2011-Present

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions, Next Generation Lawyer

Legal 500 US


Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (District of Columbia)

Chambers USA

Latest thinking and events

Sponsorships and Speaking Engagements

SmallSat Symposium 2018

5-8 February 2018
Mountain View, California, United States

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