Trey Hanbury

"'Strong advocate' Trey Hanbury, who 'responds quickly and thoughtfully,' is representing T-Mobile in the FCC's 600MHz incentive auction, successfully persuading the Commission to reserve low-frequency bands for smaller carriers."

Legal 500 US 2017

Trey Hanbury recognizes companies operating in the technology and telecoms sector face increasing competition and an ever-changing regulatory environment.

Whether his clients require assistance with spectrum auctions, licensing, and allocation; mergers and acquisitions; regulatory compliance; procurement; or competition policy, Trey brings over two decades of extensive legal experience and a deep understanding of technology policy to help solve his clients' most pressing and complex issues.

Trey works closely with a variety of clients, from wireless companies to equipment manufacturers to strategic investors across all platforms. He helps clients conceptualize and change federal rules and policies in ways that allow them to achieve their business objectives.

In addition to assisting clients in policymaking matters, Trey also helps clients in obtaining regulatory authorizations to introduce new products and services and advises on licensing issues and commercial issues arising from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, policy changes, and regulatory investigations.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Trey served as Director of Government Affairs at Sprint. He acted as regulatory counsel in major rulemaking proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, and cases before the FCC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the Department of Commerce, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Congress, and federal courts. He was recognized with the company's Leadership Excellence award, the highest level of corporate recognition for directors, vice presidents, and senior executives.

Before that role, Trey held various policymaking positions at the FCC, including working on numerous satellite and international telecom matters in the International Bureau. He also served as Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where he was responsible for providing policy and legal advice to the Office of Chairman on wireless issues.

Awards and recognitions


Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (District of Columbia)
Chambers USA


Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (District of Columbia), Recognised Practitioner
Chambers USA


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory
Legal 500 US

2014, 2016-2018, 2020

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996

B.A., University of Virginia, with high distinction, 1992



Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Related knowledge

Internet of Things

Representative experience

Represent technology companies in their written and oral advocacy before the FCC, NTIA, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Congress, and the administration.

Support clients' corporate mergers and acquisitions and secure regulatory approval for these transactions from the FCC, DOJ, and other executive branch agencies.

Work with community organizations, associations, academic organizations, public interest organizations, and others to develop broad-based coalitions in the technology sector.

Provide global and national issue analysis and continuous monitoring on critical regulatory developments affecting technology companies.

Collaborate with state and local counsel to ensure regulatory compliance with communications regulations and seek legislative and regulatory change.

Represent potential bidders in all phases of FCC spectrum auction processes from rulemaking to application to post-auction licensing and secondary-market transactions.

Assist development-stage and established companies in securing U.S. and license and operating authority for space station and earth station facilities.

Secure experimental regulatory approval and renewable licenses for novel radio frequency operations domestically and internationally.

Develop strategies and negotiate agreements between national administrations, including agreements to support novel wireless deployments that extend across national boundaries.

Provide regulatory support to service providers seeking to construct, operate, or maintain commercial and public safety communications services.

Oversee regulatory compliance for communications services offerings across multiple national regulatory regimes.

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