W. Ray Rutngamlug is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, advising clients on transactional and regulatory communications related matters.

Areas of Practice

Ray's practice focuses on the negotiation of communications service agreements, including for providers and large-scale users of communications services. He regularly assists some of the nation's largest cable MSOs in drafting and negotiating agreements for access to utility poles and other facilities necessary for the provision of voice, high-speed internet and other next-generation communications services. Ray also has considerable experience advising communications providers on commercial matters, including the sale and provision of voice and data services to other communications companies, enterprise communications users and federal and state government agencies.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Ray served as corporate counsel for a tier one internet service provider and competitive local exchange carrier, where he provided legal counsel for the company's enterprise, wholesale and content delivery divisions.



Legal 500, Media, Technology and Telecoms, 2017-2020



  • How to Position Yourself for That Dream Job, Washington DC, 10.22.2015



J.D., Cornell University, 1999, Editor, Cornell Law Review

B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, 1995


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
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