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Robert “Tripp” May III

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Robert May III

Robert (“Tripp”) May, Partner, specializes in telecommunications infrastructure, policy and contracting, and represents both public agencies and private landlords in regulatory and transactional matters.

Mr. May, the Managing Partner of Telecom Law Firm and head of our San Diego office advises local governments and public agencies on the scope of local authority in wireless facilities siting. He drafts and revises wireless ordinances, and counsels government staff and officials on federal and state rules for permit application processing.

His transactional practice focuses solely on representing landlords — both public and private. Mr. May negotiates and drafts leases, licenses, easements, assignments, pole-attachment agreements, and other transfers related to wireless and other telecommunications infrastructure. He also assists landlords administer, enforce, and amend existing infrastructure agreements.

Mr. May regularly speaks on panel discussions for governments, wireless associations and at wireless facility conferences.

He was recognized by the States of California and Nevada, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN NATOA) as its 2014 Member of the Year for his outstanding pro bono federal advocacy on behalf of California local governments in Federal Communications Commission rulemaking proceedings.

Mr. May is admitted to practice by the State Bar of California.

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.)
    • Executive Editor, San Diego Law Review
    • National Competitor, San Diego Moot Court Board
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.)
    • High honors and distinction in the major

Associations & Memberships

  • States of California and Nevada, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, Member
  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member

Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Honors & Awards

  • Member of the Year, SCAN NATOA (2014)
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Telecommunications Law and Policy (2013)
  • First in Class, Advanced Legal Writing and Analysis, USD School of Law (2013)
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship, USD School of Law (2010-2013)
  • Student Leadership Scholarship, USD School of Law (2010-2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • “5G: Convergence between the Wireline and Wireless Providers” National Webinar eNATOA (Feb. 11, 2019)
  • “Small Cell Deployment: Meshing Two Different Worlds” Panel Discussion
    AGL Local Landing (Jan. 24, 2019)
  • “Cell and Wireless Tower Law” National Webcast
    NBI, Inc. (Jan. 14, 2019)
  • “Issues of Local Control and Wireless Telecommunications Facilities” Lecture
    CA City Attorneys Spring Conf. (May 3, 2018)
  • “Cell and Wireless Tower Law” National Webcast
    NBI, Inc. (Feb. 8, 2018)
  • “Wireless Facilities: Regulatory and Leasing Update” Lecture
    New Mex. Muni. Atty’s Ass’n (Dec. 6, 2017)
  • “Infrastructure Deployment: Towers, Fiber and Small Cells” Panel Discussion
    NATOA Annual Conference (Sep. 11, 2017)
  • “The State of Communications Law in California and the Nation” Panel Discussion
    SCAN NATOA (May 11, 2017)
  • “Advance of Wireless Infrastructure” Panel Discussion
    CA Cities Annual Conference (Oct. 7, 2016)
  • “Cell and Wireless Tower Law” National Webcast
    NBI, Inc. (Sept. 9, 2016)
  • “Small Cell Zoning: It’s a Problem, We Can Fix It” Panel Discussion
    CTIA Super Mobility (Sept. 8, 2016)
  • “Section 6409 vs Reality” Panel Discussion
    Wireless West Conference (Apr. 20, 2016)
  • “Aesthetics and Location: The Small Cell Site Acquisition Puzzle” Panel Discussion
    IWCE Expo (Mar. 23, 2016)
  • “Primer on Wireless Shot Clocks – Northern California” Panel Discussion
    SCAN NATOA (Feb. 4, 2016)
  • “Primer on Wireless Shot Clocks – Southern California” Panel Discussion
    SCAN NATOA (Jan. 21, 2016)
  • “Section 6409” Panel Discussion
    CalWa (Oct. 7, 2015)
  • “Federal Law of Cell Tower Zoning Presentation” Webinar
    IMLA (July 9, 2015)
  • “The Brave New World of Wireless Regulations for Planners” Panel Discussion
    APA Cal. Orange Sec. (May 21, 2015)
  • “Trends in Cell Site Leasing” Panel Discussion
    CCIM—San Diego Chapter (May 20, 2015)
  • “Navigating Cell Tower Regulations” Public Workshop
    Alameda Cnty, Office of Nate Miley (Apr. 1, 2015)
  • “Practical Impacts of the New FCC Rules” Panel Discussion
    Law Seminars Int’l (Feb. 19, 2015)
  • “Wireless Communications Legislation: Impact on Cities” Panel Discussion
    Gateway Cities COG (Feb. 11, 2015)
  • “Wireless Infrastructure Regulatory Update” Webinar
    Arizona League of Cities (Jan. 27, 2015)
  • “Wireless Infrastructure Regulatory Update” Panel Discussion
    California Wireless Association (Jan. 15, 2015)
  • “Telecommunications 101” Seminar
    SCAN NATOA (Jan. 15, 2015)
  • “Local Governments, Wireless Siting Practices and the FCC” Panel Discussion
    eNATOA (Dec. 2014)
  • “4G Wireless Deployments: Zoning Challenges and Opportunities” Panel Discussion
    CA Cities Annual Conference (Sept. 4, 2014)
  • “Wireless Facility Regulatory Update” Webinar
    SCAN NATOA (Mar. 19, 2014)

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