- Practice Emphasis
Telecommunications Law, Utility Law, Corporate Governance, Business Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Financing
- Practice Experience
Laura has extensive experience advising clients regarding contractual, regulatory, and other legal obligations and opportunities relating to the telecommunications and technology industries. Her practice focuses on assisting telecom and technology companies in the structuring and negotiation of complex commercial transactions, as well as on representing clients in contested proceedings and federal and state regulatory policy matters. Laura also advises clients on regulatory issues arising in securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Laura is skilled at negotiating agreements relating to communications and networking services, equipment and software licenses and sales, consulting and outsourcing services, government contracts and teaming arrangements, and marketing agent and distributor programs.
She has also guided and worked with select telecommunications clients applying for grant and loan funding under the broadband portion of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.
Prior to co-founding Mayhook Law, in September, 2001, Laura previously served as Associate General Counsel of PreNet Corporation (now PreCash), a Portland-based startup in the electronic payment transaction industry, where she focused on complex issues associated with the company’s venture financing, as well as advised the company on a full range of transactional matters involving wireless carriers, national retailers, and payment processors.
From 1996 to 1998, Laura served as staff attorney at GST Telecom Hawaii, a facilities-based CLEC operating a fiber-ring network in downtown Honolulu and an inter-island submarine fiber network connecting Hawaii’s six major islands. While based in Hawaii, Laura represented the company in various regulatory proceedings before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission; guided the company’s transactional matters involving carriers, vendors, local governments, contractors, and customers; and served on the board of the Hawaii Telecommunications Association.
In 1999, following her promotion to Associate General Counsel of the Hawaii affiliate’s parent company, Laura relocated to the company’s corporate headquarters in Vancouver, Washington, where she assumed added responsibilities relating to the company’s SEC compliance filings, proxy and annual meeting matters, and stock incentive plans.
Laura graduated with a B.A. in Economics and History from Northwestern University in 1993, and, in 1996, received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was a staff writer for the Journal of Corporation Law.
Laura is currently a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
- Bar Memberships
- Washington, 2002
- Oregon, 2001
- Hawaii, 1998
- Illinois, 1996 (currently inactive)