Laura F. H. McDonald

Laura F. H. McDonald

Partner

  • Phone (202) 857-2545
  • Fax (202) 223-0833

Education

    • University of Virginia School of Law
    • J.D.
    • University of Virginia
    • B.A.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Laura F.H. McDonald is a partner in the firm of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP. Ms. McDonald represents large enterprise users in a variety of telecom matters focusing on the negotiation of custom and complicated network service agreements and helping customers transition to new services, data center environments, and/or providers.

Ms. McDonald works closely with all members of the enterprise client team—legal, procurement, engineering, and operations—to enable clients to create comprehensive solutions and contracts, assess their needs and risks, and help streamline the procurement of telecom and data services. On an ongoing basis, she works with clients to strengthen their procurement processes, maximize their contract leverage, and identify risks that can reduce savings. She helps enterprises navigate the complex regulatory structure surrounding their transactions, and frequently speaks on demystifying the myths customers encounter in negotiations. She also assists users in resolving disputes with carriers and, when necessary, arbitrating and mediating disputes before the FCC and other forums. And she has been involved in a number of regulatory proceedings representing large users.

In addition, Ms. McDonald organizes and runs intra-corporate training sessions on telecommunications, has represented entities interested in investing in telecommunications firms and advised them on the regulatory proceedings that affect entry into the field and the changing regulatory environment. She also has worked with newer entrants into the market in negotiating their deals with carriers.

From 1990 through 1994, Ms. McDonald was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster where she represented clients in litigation concerning telecommunications equipment leasing, computer, trade secret and copyright issues, and advised major financial companies on regulatory compliance issues.

Ms. McDonald clerked for Judge Stanley S. Harris of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia before entering private practice. She has published articles concerning telecommunications and intellectual property matters and is a frequent speaker on telecommunications issues.

 

Biography

Laura F.H. McDonald is a partner in the firm of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP. Ms. McDonald represents large enterprise users in a variety of telecom matters focusing on the negotiation of custom and complicated network service agreements and helping customers transition to new services, data center environments, and/or providers.

Ms. McDonald works closely with all members of the enterprise client team—legal, procurement, engineering, and operations—to enable clients to create comprehensive solutions and contracts, assess their needs and risks, and help streamline the procurement of telecom and data services. On an ongoing basis, she works with clients to strengthen their procurement processes, maximize their contract leverage, and identify risks that can reduce savings. She helps enterprises navigate the complex regulatory structure surrounding their transactions, and frequently speaks on demystifying the myths customers encounter in negotiations. She also assists users in resolving disputes with carriers and, when necessary, arbitrating and mediating disputes before the FCC and other forums. And she has been involved in a number of regulatory proceedings representing large users.

In addition, Ms. McDonald organizes and runs intra-corporate training sessions on telecommunications, has represented entities interested in investing in telecommunications firms and advised them on the regulatory proceedings that affect entry into the field and the changing regulatory environment. She also has worked with newer entrants into the market in negotiating their deals with carriers.

From 1990 through 1994, Ms. McDonald was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster where she represented clients in litigation concerning telecommunications equipment leasing, computer, trade secret and copyright issues, and advised major financial companies on regulatory compliance issues.

Ms. McDonald clerked for Judge Stanley S. Harris of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia before entering private practice. She has published articles concerning telecommunications and intellectual property matters and is a frequent speaker on telecommunications issues.

 

Education

    • University of Virginia School of Law
    • J.D.
    • University of Virginia
    • B.A.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia