Steve Rosen is a partner at Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP. Steve's regulatory practice focuses on federal grant and aid programs (the Rural Healthcare Program and the E-Rate Program), the use of spectrum by the aerospace industry, and federal and state regulation of wireless and wireline telecommunications and information services, including the taxation of these services. His transactional practice centers on negotiating professional services contracts and software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements.
Steve assists a state university hospital system in its complying with USAC and FCC rules and policies governing the Rural Healthcare Program. He has also assisted a large urban school district in complying with FCC and USAC rules for obtaining, and properly using, E-Rate grants and represented the district in negotiating a consent decree with the Enforcement Bureau.
Steve works with members of the aerospace industry ensure that the most recently launched 5G wireless services do not interfere with mission critical avionics. He has also counseled an association of the nation’s principal aerospace manufacturers on their spectrum use needs.
Regarding his tax and fee work, Steve assists enterprise clients in obtaining refunds of misapplied federal, state, and local taxes and fees on telecom services. While representing enterprise clients, he prosecuted lawsuits in federal district courts and brought the associated appeals that contributed to the IRS's decision to stop applying the federal excise tax on communications ("FET") to long distance and wireless calls. Leveraging his success on behalf of enterprise clients, Steve also obtained FET refunds on behalf of numerous providers of prepaid telephone cards.
His regulatory practice also includes counseling clients on the FCC’s rules governing the regulation of common carriers, equipment authorization procedures, and private radio licensing requirements. In addition, he has participated in complaint proceedings on behalf of enterprise customers before the FCC's Enforcement Bureau and in federal district court and has been active in the review of investment contracts for compliance with the Communications Act and FCC rules.
Steve’s transactional experience centers on the negotiation of professional services agreements and enterprise software deals. His SaaS negotiation experience includes assisting in the transformation of a state’s business processes and IT systems from bespoke on-premises systems to a unified cloud-based system, including negotiating custom contracts with the software provider and the software systems integrator. In addition, he has worked with a state retirement agency on updating its pension administration system from a custom on-premises hardware/software system to a cloud-based modified off the shelf solution.
Before joining the firm, Steve was a member of the FCC regulatory practice at Wiley Rein. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Farrell on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. While pursuing his J.D., Steve served as a member of the GW Law Review and earned membership in the Order of the Coif. Before he practiced law, Steve was a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Air Force, and he wrote software for interactive video programs used in medical education.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Tax Court
- The George Washington University, J.D.
- Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, M.P.H.
- Princeton University, B.A.
- Federal Communications Bar Association/The Tech Bar