Biography

A past Commissioner and General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC) who also has extensive experience in private practice at an AmLaw 100 firm, Geoff is uniquely qualified to help Verrill clients navigate all policy and regulatory concerns they may have in the area of telecommunications.

Geoff's depth of knowledge in matters of both state and federal regulation and the perspective he has gained from working as both a government official and an advocate in the field bring value to organizations all across the cable, broadband, wireline, and wireless industries. He counsels clients on how to create consistent federal and state telecommunications policy that complies with all relevant regulations. His representative matters include:

  • Advising a wireless provider on its merger
  • Representing a trade association before state regulatory commissions regarding pole attachments, 911 fees, and state USF reform
  • Representing clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on issues from Lifeline and Connect America Fund II

In his role as Commissioner, Geoff directed all administrative, legal, and policy priorities for the DTC, including spearheading state interests at the FCC regarding the wireless spectrum auction, public safety, broadband deployment, IP transition, and Universal Service Fund reform. He also was involved in adjudicating cable rate cases, handling interconnection disputes, and enabling wireless companies to do business in the Commonwealth as "eligible telecommunications carriers." In addition, Geoff initiated investigations regarding telephone service quality and the federally funded Lifeline program. Drawing on this extensive industry experience, Geoff now represents clients before state public utilities commissions throughout the country and the FCC.

For telecommunications clients facing investigations or enforcement actions, Geoff leverages his prior litigation experience as Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division, where he investigated and litigated matters related to consumer protection and antitrust law, focusing on enforcement actions with telecommunications and cable companies. Geoff also served as Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office Appellate Division.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Geoff was a professional photographer, and he continues to enjoy photography as a hobby. In the winter he likes to downhill ski, and in the summer he avidly follows the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Boston College Law School  (J.D.)
  • Boston College  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Board Member, Asian Community Development Corporation
  • Board Member, Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund
  • President, St. Paul's Choir School Parent Guild (2015-2017)
  • Vice Chair, St. Paul's Choir School Advisory Board
  • Past Commissioner and Vice Chair, Massachusetts Asian-American Commission
  • Adjunct Professor, Boston College Law School, "Administrative Practice," (2016-present)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.

Memberships

  • Past Member, Boston College Law School Alumni Board
  • Past Board Member, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; past Member, Telecommunications Committee
  • Past Chair, FCC's Section 706 Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services
  • Past Co-chair, FCC's North American Numbering Council; Tri-chair, Selection Working Group
  • Past Member, FCC's Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council
  • Past Co-chair, Massachusetts Attorney General's Diversity Committee
  • Past Board Member, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Past Board Member, Massachusetts Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
  • Past Member of New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners

Honors

  • Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, 2016 Community Service Award
  • Outstanding Service Award, New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (2014)
  • The Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts (2006)

Firm Highlights

Blog

Financial Institutions . . . In the News

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News

Paycheck Protection Program Focuses on Short-Term and Misses Long-Term Damages

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Matter

Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...

Blog

IRS Allows Tax-Advantaged Leave Donation to COVID-19 Relief Organizations

Under new guidance, the IRS will give favorable tax treatment to employees who donate leave to COVID-19 relief organizations. In IRS Notice 2020-46 , the agency announced that employees who donate paid leave for...

Publication/Podcast

PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...

Matter

Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...

Blog

IRS Issues New Guidance on CARES Act Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans

The IRS recently issued Notice 2020-50 , which expands relief provided for retirement plan distributions and loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Distributions Under the CARES Act, a...

News

Verrill Welcomes Esteemed Corporate and Securities Attorney Edward Rosenthal

(June 10, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome corporate and securities attorney Edward Rosenthal to the firm as a member of the Business Law Group. Rosenthal brings with him more than 40 years...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Publication/Podcast

FDA Issues Guidance on IRB Review of Non-Emergency Individual Patient Expanded Access Requests for Investigational Drugs and Biological Products to Treat COVID-19

Prompted by a substantial increase in requests for individual patient access to investigational drugs and biologics to treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued guidance on June 2, 2020 that outlines...