Russell Frisby's practice focuses on regulatory and corporate matters affecting entities in the communications, energy and technology areas. He represents clients in administrative proceedings, litigation and advocacy efforts, and also provides these clients with strategic and corporate advice. To this end, Russell has represented clients in matters before the Administration, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state utility commissions, state legislatures, and federal courts. As part of his practice, he has also served as special telecommunications counsel to several large municipalities and has testified before several Congressional committees on various issues. Russell serves as Co-Leader of the firm's Telecommunications Practice Group.
Russell’s professional experience includes serving as CEO and acting chief legal officer of the Competitive Telecommunications Association, which is the largest association representing competitive facilities-based carriers, providers using unbundled network elements, global integrated communications companies, and their supplier partners.
Previously, Russell served as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission. During his tenure, the commission was renowned for its pro-competitive policies in telecommunications, gas and electricity matters. Russell participated in a number of key decisions, including the Telecommunications Act arbitration proceedings, various rate cases and the electric industry restructuring.
Russell speaks regularly before industry conferences, financial analysts and Congressional committees on communications and technology issues.