Abram Shanedling is an associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Communications Team.
Areas of Practice
Abram focuses his practice on business litigation and technical regulatory compliance matters. He represents clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country as well as federal and state administrative agencies in complex and high stakes litigations involving commercial disputes and disputes concerning statutory, constitutional, communications, environmental, intellectual property, false advertising, privacy, and administrative law issues.
Abram regularly represents cable operators and other broadband providers in matters involving government regulations and deployment of competitive wire-based and wireless networks, such as local franchising, access to rights-of-way, PEG programming, pole attachments and infrastructure deployment and a host of other related issues. He represents providers on these issues in state and federal courts and participates in rulemakings and adjudications before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state public service commissions.
Abram also has represented technology and software companies in trademark, advertising, and contract disputes and litigation.
In addition to his practice, Abram is actively involved in the firm, currently serving on Sheppard Mullin’s Pro Bono Committee, Recruiting Committee, and Associates’ Forum. Abram is dedicated to pro bono representation and public interest litigation in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Abram has represented several clients in immigration and asylum matters, successfully aided a federal inmate in securing compassionate release, and is currently representing a not-for-profit organization in environmental litigation arising under the Clean Water Act concerning the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska.
Abram previously served as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary and as a legal intern in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- Represents national cable operator in litigation in federal and state court regarding franchise fees, access to rights-of-way, and pole attachments.
- Has represented a broad coalition of cable providers in pole attachment rulemaking proceedings before state public utilities commissions, including in Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, South Carolina, and Texas.
- Represents clients from across the country and in different industries in commercial litigation matters.
- Advises clients on compliance with telecommunications laws and regulations.
- Secured trial victory for national cable operator in case involving contract, constitutional, and statutory issues over the cable operator’s obligations to pay royalty fees under municipally-issued permits that expired when the state of Texas took over issuance of cable franchises. The ruling relieved the client of the obligation to pay millions of dollars for expired, city-issued permits. Charter Commc'ns, Inc. v. Prewitt Mgmt., Inc., No. 1:16-CV-1268-LY, 2023 WL 3859027 (W.D. Tex. Apr. 28, 2023)
- Resolved cases brought by Texas cities over interpretation of key provisions of Texas’s Public Utility Regulatory Act governing calculation of franchise fees, after obtaining favorable summary judgment on client’s behalf. City of San Antonio v. Time Warner Cable, Texas, LLC, 552 F. Supp. 3d 402 (W.D. Tex. 2021); City of Allen et. al., v. Time Warner Cable Texas LLC, No. 6:19-cv-345-ADA-JCM (W.D. Tex.)
- Successfully represented national cable operator at Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Southern District of Indiana in case affirming that Section 621 of the federal Cable Act authorizes cable operators’ compatible use of easements dedicated to utility purposes. West v. Louisville Gas & Elec. Co. et al, No. 4:16-cv-00145RLYTAB, 2018 WL 321686 (S.D. Ind. Jan. 8, 2018), appeal dismissed, 920 F.3d 499 (7th Cir. 2019), and aff'd sub nom.951 F.3d 827 (7th Cir. 2020)
- Obtained dismissal of breach contract and various tort claims against technology services client in North Carolina federal court. Saad v. Slivinski et al., No. 1:20-v-20 (M.D.N.C. 2020)
- Represented national cable operator in obtaining unanimous victory before the Texas Supreme Court regarding uniform pole attachment rate and anti-discrimination requirements in the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act. Time Warner Cable Texas LLC v. CPS Energy, 593 S.W.3d 291 (Tex. 2019).
- Secured dismissal of all claims brought against government defense/robotics contractor for defamation, tortious interference with contractual relationships, civil conspiracy and unfair competition. Robo-Team NA, Inc. v. Endeavor Robotics, 313 F. Supp. 3d 19 (D.D.C. 2018).
- Successfully represented the Louisiana Cable & Telecommunications Association in negotiating a favorable settlement of claims brought by electric utility company before the Louisiana Public Service Commission regarding pole attachment rental rates. In re: Complaint and Petition for Declaratory Ruling on Proper Formula for the Pole Attachment Rental Rate Under Louisiana Public Service Commission Order Dated September 4, 2014, Docket No. U-34688 (La. Pub. Serv. Comm’n filed 2017)
- Represented national cable operator in defeating a request for a temporary restraining order and a motion to remand, and securing voluntary dismissal of breach of contract action brought by landowner in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. See Smalley v. Charter Commc’ns Holding Co., LLC, 2017 WL 7520467 (N.D. Tex. Apr. 10, 2017); 2017 WL 2335518 (N.D. Tex. May 26, 2017).
- Obtained a landmark appellate victory for not-for-profit organization at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for not-for-profit organization on issue of first impression under the Clean Water Act and Administrative Procedure Act. Trout Unlimited v. Pirzadeh, 1 F.4th 738 (9th Cir. 2021).
- Has successfully represented several clients seeking asylum in U.S. Immigration Court.
- Represented federal inmate suffering severe sickle cell anemia in obtaining early compassionate release under federal First Step Act.
- Ones to Watch — Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2021-2024
- Recommended Attorney - Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory, Legal 500 US, 2019-2022
- Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award, 2015
- Washington, D.C. Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020-2023
- Morning Consult, 06.12.2017
- “Removing Weapons of Mass Destruction From the World’s Most Volatile Region: How to Achieve a WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East,” 46 Georgetown Journal of International Law 315, 2014
Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Posts
- "Second Circuit Affirms “Snap” Removal Practice," March 29, 2019
FCC Law Blog Posts
- "FCC Launches Inquiry into the Risks of AI on Unwanted Robocalls and Texts," November 2, 2023
- "White House Announces $42.5 Billion in Broadband Funding Allocations," June 27, 2023
- "Florida Enacts Pole Attachment Regulations for Electric Cooperatives," June 5, 2023
- "FCC Assures State Lawmakers of Commitment to Pole Attachment Rules Promoting Broadband Deployment and Competition," May 25, 2023
- "Sunshine State Becomes 24th to Certify Regulation of Pole Attachments," June 14, 2022
- "The FCC’s Latest Pole Attachment Ruling: “Just Another Brick In The Wall” for Electric Utilities, or “Satisfaction” for ILECS?," September 30, 2021
- "Sixth Circuit Affirms FCC Rule That Most In Kind Contributions Are Franchise Fees," June 2, 2021
- "Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to FCC’s One-Touch Make-Ready, Small Cell Deployment, and Local Moratoria Orders," August 18, 2020
- "FCC Seeks “Large Step” Toward Advancing Broadband Infrastructure Goals With Draft One-Touch Make-Ready Order," July 16, 2017
- Bloomberg Law, 11.01.2021
- Law360, 09.29.2021
- Law360, 09.09.2021
- Bloomberg Law: Environment & Energy, 06.17.2021
- Reuters, 06.17.2021
- Law360, 06.17.2021
- Law360, 04.10.2020
- Law360, 04.07.2020
- 7th Circ. Lets Charter Run Fiber Over Litigant’s LandLaw360, 03.03.2020
- Law360, 02.03.2020
- Law360, 12.11.2019
- Grand View Outdoors, 10.14.2019
- Law.com, 10.10.2019
- Law360, 10.09.2019
- Bloomberg Environment, 10.09.2019
- Law360, 05.17.2019
- Law360, 04.05.2019
- Law360, 01.24.2019
- Co-Chair, State & Local Practice Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
- Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2015, cum laude, Managing Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law
B.A., University of Wisconsin, 2009, with honors
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas