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Overview

Ms. Boehling has over a quarter century of experience advising domestic and global enterprises of business and legal risks and innovative ways to mitigate them in telecommunications and technology agreements, including situations where providers insist on standardized, online contract terms.

The scope of Deb's telecommunications deals ranges from standard transport - such as IPLs, VPLs, Ethernet and GigE access, MPLS, IP voice (SIP trunking), internet access, IP VPN, DWDM, connections with cloud service providers, telepresence, contact centers, fixed wireless, mobile voice and data, and unified communications services - to more cutting edge services such as SD-WAN.  These deals encompass dozens to tens of thousands of domestic circuits provided by major suppliers such as AT&T, Verizon Business, CenturyLink, MetTel, Orange Business Services, Comcast, Charter Communications or niche players like Perseus and Spread Networks.

Her technology deals include the full range of cloud-based services and equipment and software contracts, whether a stand-alone application or resold by a transport supplier.  She has negotiated favorable SaaS deals (including where the otherwise commodity service required customization) with big players such as Salesforce and focused entities like MobileGuard. She also is well-versed with the ins and outs of colocation and hosting services and has negotiated industry-leading colocation and data center contracts.

She structures deals to address future business changes such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings, and has decades of experience advising clients on the contracts they inherit from acquiring or merging with another company and strategies for the optimal consolidation of those contracts.

Deb also works extensively with global corporations to structure deals that reach beyond the U.S. borders.  She helps them understand complex regulatory issues and alleviate risks that may arise when combining transport services with software or SaaS (such as Skype) to satisfy customer telecom and technology needs.  These risks are heightened when sharing services among related entities or when a client uses telecom to provide value-added services to its customers. Her regulatory work includes the European Union but focuses on India, China, Mexico and Southeast Asia where risks can be significant if the services, their use and sharing among related entities or bundling the telecom input with value added service are not carefully structured.  She monitors and generally advises on changes in foreign laws that impact enterprises' risks related to telecom and technology services (e.g., the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and UK's Brexit).

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Boehling was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster where, in addition to working extensively with the founding partners of Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP, she represented clients in intellectual property and patent litigation.

She is recognized in Who's Who Legal Telecommunications Media & Technology.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia

Education

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

Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • International Bar Association