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Jeff Craven


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6958 direct

Jeff advises business leaders on corporate structuring, the formation and financing of domestic and international transactions, FCC licensing and regulatory matters, and government contracting.

Over his 30-year career, Jeff has been a business owner, general counsel, and outside legal advisor. In his various roles he has developed and implemented business plans, raised capital, and hired outside counsel. Jeff has extensive experience in the technology, telecom, satellite, and energy sectors and regularly advises on transactions that contribute to his clients' growth, including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and technology licensing.

Jeff serves not only as legal counsel but also as a business advisor to his clients. He helps them establish effective business structures as well as strategic partnerships that further the organizational goals of both parties. For example, upon hearing a contractor's complaints about his employer at the time, Jeff suggested that he start his own business. In a matter of days, Jeff helped him define his mission, develop a business plan, arrange funding, and incorporate his new business entity. The business was launched months later, and within nine years, it became a $250 million company and remains a current client.

Jeff thrives on helping people solve challenging problems. After reading a story in The Washington Post about a zoning dispute between the county government and the owner of a backyard skating rink, Jeff offered to help. In this pro bono case, he steered the family away from litigation and toward engagement with local officials, resulting in a public-private partnership in which the county will partner with the Washington Capitals to build a new ice rink to serve the community.

An advocate for children, Jeff is on the Board of Alternative House, which provides shelter, counseling, and crisis intervention for at-risk youth.

Representative Matters

Facilitated a joint venture partnership with three spectrum holders/operators—when a Finnish national telephone company struggled to find a joint venture partner for the U.S. wireless market—resulting in a JV with Ariel/U.S. Cellular which lead to a roll-up of all of the U.S. GSM carriers, ultimately resulting in a sale to Deutsche Telecom, now T-Mobile.

Provided pro bono legal services, after reading a story in The Washington Post about a local zoning dispute between Montgomery County, MD, and the owner of a backyard skate rink, steering the family away from litigation and toward engagement with local officials and resulting in a public-private partnership with the local government and the Washington Capitals to build a new ice rink to serve the community.

Developed a Caribbean and South American distribution network when a privately held outdoor sports and recreation client wanted to develop new foreign markets; also accessed the U.S. Commerce Department program designed to support U.S. products abroad, resulting in increased sales for the client.

Represented U.S. broadband satellite and terrestrial communications service provider in acquisition of international assets, including ground stations, leases, IP and employees. Counseling included advice on Export Control and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, as well as tax planning.

Lead counsel to nuclear energy trade association in negotiation with the FCC and broadcasters over use of communications devices operating on broadcast spectrum, resulting in FCC and NTIA approval for FCC Special Temporary Authority (STA) and Experimental Licenses.

Represented leading government IT/communications provider in the acquisition of major video teleconferencing service provider, including negotiations with lenders, vendors and government contracting officers, regarding the novation of the government contracts.

Represented a major U.S. energy company in the completion of a $105M Central Utility Plant ("CUP") to provide power, steam and chilled water, with guarantees of 99.99% availability, meeting the recognized power quality of the Information Technology Industry Council. This public-private partnership transaction involved a 36.5 year Enhanced Use Lease and secured power for the U.S. Army and the Department of Homeland Security.

Represented privately held U.S. manufacturer/distributor of tools and household products in the acquisition of U.K.-based competitor, including all IP assets and manufacturing/distribution channels.

Represented leading provider of satellite ground systems worldwide, including the negotiation of Service Distribution Agreements, Hosting Agreements, Master Services Agreements and Antenna Services Agreements, as well as Export Control and FCPA compliance.

Provide strategic advice and counsel on government contracting and immigration matters as well as potential acquisition structures for leading European fixed satellite service provider.

Qualified and served as an Expert Witness in United States District Court for FCC regulatory and transactional matters as well as for the financing of wireless telecommunications networks.

Provided FCC regulatory, licensing, and transactional advice to competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), offering dial-up and broadband Internet service, as well as local and long-distance telephone service. Also counseled on successful Rural Utilities Service ("RUS") grant application.

Represented trustee in the disposition of non-wireline MSA and Rural Service Area (RSA) cellular systems in three states, via an FCC-approved Divestiture Trust Agreement, including demonstration of competitive marketplace for wireless services.

Lead counsel representing Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) team on several Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Enhanced Use Lease projects, valued at over $400 million.


"Is Immigrant Investment Right for Your Project?";
Law360 Private Equity, May 2013

"Getting More and Better Telecoms/Data/Broadband Services, For Less";
October 2012

"'Who, Me Worry?' The Long Arm of the Recovery Act's Reporting Requirements and Other Compliance Obligations Under the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR")";
August 2009

"Supreme Court's Allison Engine Decision Derailed by Changes to the False Claims Act Under the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009";
August 2009

"Stimulus Funds: Should We or Shouldn't We?";
April 2009

"Could the FCC Disrupt Your Next Transaction?";
April 2009