Timothy A. Doughty

Timothy A. Doughty Partner Keller Heckman Law Firm
Organization Profile
Professional Biography

Timothy (Tim) Doughty works with corporate clients, service providers, and trade associations on legal and regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), courts, and state agencies. Clients seek Tim’s counsel on a broad variety of policy, regulatory, and transactional telecommunications and information technology matters.

While in law school, Tim spent a semester as a Legal Intern in the Investigations and Hearings Division of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. He was a member of the Catholic University Law Review and the Moot Court Association where he competed in the 2015 National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition. Tim graduated with a certificate from the Communications Law Institute.

Prior to joining the firm, Tim gained valuable hands-on experience in licensing matters as a Telecommunications Licensing Specialist at Keller and Heckman.

Representative Matters

  • Drafted and negotiated complex communications contracts, wireless and wireline services agreements, Software-as-a-Service agreements, tower lease agreements, and asset purchase agreements for the sale of telecommunications equipment and wireless spectrum
  • Assisted clients with all aspects of wireless licensing, the experimental licensing process, equipment authorizations, and spectrum acquisition through mergers and acquisitions and FCC spectrum auctions
  • Provided guidance on public safety issues, including E911, Next Generation 911, emergency preparedness and recovery, and FCC outage reporting rules
  • Represented clients in FCC enforcement and complaint proceedings
  • Worked with clients to initiate and participate in complex rulemaking proceedings before the FCC
  • Counseled critical infrastructure and communications companies on the tower registration and approval process and compliance at both the federal and state level, as well as tower and antenna siting rules under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
  • Provided guidance on FCC Universal Service programs and contribution compliance
  • Assisted clients with pole attachment rental rate analysis and FCC pole attachment complaint proceedings before the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau


  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), Co-Chair, Rocky Mountain Chapter


  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch: Technology Law, 2024
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Washington, DC, 2021 – 2024


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 2009
Catholic University of America, J.D., 2015 cum laude
  • More Legal and Business Bylines From Timothy A. Doughty

The National Law Review selected the Telecommunications Practice Group at Keller and Heckman as a Go-To Thought Leader for 2021 for its coverage of legislation and regulation involving the telecommunications industry. Of particular note is its frequent updates on telecommunications policy and regulations through its Telecom Alert, which breaks down the latest news affecting the industry. Keller and Heckman authors who contribute regularly to the Telecom Alerts include Jaimy “Sindy” Alarcon, James Baller, Jason P. Chun, Timothy A. Doughty, Michael T. N. Fitch, C. Douglas Jarrett, Gregory E. Kunkle, Casey Lide, Thomas B. Magee, Tracy P. Marshall, Kathleen Slattery Thompson, Sean A. Stokes and Wesley K. Wright.


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