- Practice Emphasis
Telecommunications Law, Utility Law, Corporate Governance, Business Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation and Appellate Practice
- Practice Experience
Jeffrey’s career spans over 30 years advising clients in a broad range of corporate, transactional, regulatory, and M&A matters. His current practice focuses on developing deal structures for data centers, public and private telecommunications providers, fiber-to-the-home networks, and the sale or acquisition of under-utilized fiber networks.
Jeffrey also serves as co-managing member of Mayhook Consulting Group, LLC, providing executive-level advisory services to telecom, broadband, and data center entities in both the United States and Canada. He also serves on the Board of Managers for opticAccess, LLC, a West Coast fiber-based network offering wavelengths, metro dark fiber, and dim fiber to carriers and large enterprise customers.
Prior to co-founding Mayhook Law in September, 2001, Jeffrey served as Secretary and Vice President, Chief Corporate Counsel, of PreNet Corporation (now PreCash), a Portland-based startup in the electronic payment transaction industry, where, as part of the senior management team, he directed the company’s legal affairs in the areas of venture financing, corporate governance, intellectual property, and in securing major agreements with wireless carriers, national retailers, and payment processors.
From 1996 to 2000, Jeffrey served as Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and then as Secretary and Corporate Counsel, at GST Telecommunications, Inc., a publicly-traded competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), where he was directly involved in the regulatory and transactional issues relating to the rollout of virtually every area of competitive telecommunications, including, especially, local, long distance, data, and long-haul transport services.
Moreover, given his role as a member of the senior management team, Jeffrey’s responsibilities extended to shaping GST’s strategic initiatives, as well as to managing and directing GST’s extensive internal and external legal services, which included federal and state regulatory filings and proceedings; the gamut of transactional matters involving myriad carriers, vendors, local governments, contractors, and customers; corporate governance; securities compliance; public disclosure guidance; stock option matters; mergers and acquisitions; debt and equity financing issues; anti-trust litigation; interconnection; construction claims; and employment matters. Other activities included presenting the company’s business development goals to foreign officials and executives in Latin America and Asia.
A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, Jeffrey also spent 14 years engaged in private law practice in Anchorage, Alaska, where he focused primarily on corporations, public utilities, and litigation and appellate matters. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in English Literature from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a B.A. in Business Administration and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. Jeffrey is currently a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the leading professional bar association for lawyers concerned with communications law and policy.
- Bar Memberships
- Washington, 2000
- Alaska, 1982
- United States Supreme Court, 1993