STEPHEN L. GOODMAN
Stephen L. Goodman PLLC
532 North Pitt Street
Alexandria VA 22314
✆ (202) 607-6756
Mr. Goodman is Of Counsel to Wellstein Mora Rodriguez International (WMR). Mr. Goodman is based in Washington, DC. He has over thirty-five years of telecommunications and technology commercial, transactional, regulatory and policy experience. Mr. Goodman brings WMR extensive experience in both government service and private practice. After law school, he clerked for Judge William P. Gray on the United States District Court for the Central District of California. After working as an antitrust lawyer at a private law firm, Mr. Goodman worked for five years in the Common Carrier Bureau (now Wireline Competition Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission. While at the Commission, Mr. Goodman initially worked in the Tariff Division, and later served as Deputy Chief of the Industry Analysis Division, where he headed up the Task Force on Rate of Return Represcriptions.
After leaving the Commission, Mr. Goodman worked as an attorney on antitrust and regulatory issues at COMSAT Corporation, and then entered private practice. Mr. Goodman counsels clients on a broad array of complex domestic and international telecommunications issues, including broadband, satellite, wireless, undersea cable, net neutrality, wireless medical devices, connected cars and common carrier regulation. He represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and other federal agencies, provides advice on transactions with telecommunications regulatory issues, advises clients on regulatory and technology developments, and suggests appropriate business strategies to deal with regulatory uncertainty. In addition, he serves as counsel in trial and appellate litigation involving telecommunications issues.
Prior to affiliating with WMR, Mr. Goodman was a founding partner of the Washington, D.C. firm of Halprin, Temple, Goodman & Maher. Among his accomplishments on behalf of his clients was obtaining the first low-Earth orbit satellite system, securing a U.S. cable landing license for a global undersea cable system, serving on the Steering Committee for a class action lawsuit against an interexchange carrier that resulted in a $90 million cash settlement, negotiating multi-million dollar customer contracts with interexchange carriers, serving as regulatory counsel to telecommunications companies in bankruptcy, obtaining U.S. landing rights for foreign-licensed satellites, serving as FCC regulatory counsel in numerous financings and acquisitions, obtaining spectrum allocations, counseling clients on implementation and interpretation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, securing numerous terrestrial and satellite radio licenses, obtaining international authorizations and participating in the FCC’s first successful negotiated rulemaking.
In the satellite arena, Mr. Goodman has represented ORBCOMM in successfully obtaining a global allocation and U.S. license for low-Earth orbit satellite services license (including working with ORBCOMM engineers and consultants to coordinate with foreign administrations). Mr. Goodman also represented New Skies Satellites in obtaining U.S. landing rights for its international satellite system, and AT&T Skynet in obtaining C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band satellite licenses in the United States.
Martindale Hubbell has recognized his accomplishments by awarding Mr. Goodman an AV rating, which is the highest rating awarded an attorney. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S. in Economics, cum laude, 1977) and his law degree from Cornell Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1980), where he served as an editor on the Cornell Law Review. Mr. Goodman is also a member of the District of Columbia and Florida Bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and U.S. District Court for D.C. Mr. Goodman additionally is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he serves as Co-Chair of the International Telecommunications Practice Committee.
Partner of Wellstein Mora Rodriguez International, PC and head of the Intellectual Property and U.S. Business Immigration practice groups, Mr. Héctor Mora has over 16 years of experience in telecommunications, intellectual property, commercial transactions, U.S. business immigration, corporate law and litigation involving various issues in those areas. Said experience has been acquired through private and public sector practice throughout the Americas.Mr. Mora is the founding partner of the WMR U.S. Immigration Practice Group that offers support to medium and large international corporations demanding mobility of management, professionals, and skilled personnel between different locations worldwide. In addition, Mr. Mora coordinates all trademark and copyright related services offered by the firm and advises and represents medium and large telecommunications corporations in regulatory proceedings and commercial transactions. His experience as legal advisor and negotiator of agreements for the provision of telecommunications services, interconnection, co-location, equipment supply, installation, technical support and software licensing has been acquired and enhanced during his in-house counsel position for the largest Venezuelan telecommunication service provider, and as outside counsel for various telecommunications companies.Prior to his current position with WMR, Mr. Mora served for five years as a legal advisor to Venezuela’s prime telecommunications service provider, Compañía Nacional Teléfonos de Venezuela (“CANTV”), and prior to that was a partner of the Quintero-Moreno & Associates law firm based in Venezuela. Mr. Mora also served as an international consultant with the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP in Washington, DC, and clerked for US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy.Mr. Mora has represented telecommunication carriers to secure licenses to install telecommunications infrastructure including submarine fiber optic cable systems, provide international telecommunications services, comply with federal and state telecommunications regulations in the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin American countries. In addition, Mr. Mora has advised and represented private companies and industry associations with respect to legislative and regulatory initiatives in various countries of the Americas and regionally as part of rule harmonization and integration efforts.
Washington, DC and Florida
Undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S. in Economics, cum laude, 1977)
Law degree from Cornell Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1980)