- Practice Emphasis
Telecommunications Law, Corporate Governance, Business Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions
- Practice Experience
Jeffrey’s career spans over 35 years advising clients in a broad range of corporate, transactional, regulatory, and M&A matters. His current practice focuses on developing deal structures for public and private telecommunications providers, fiber-to-the-home networks, and the sale, acquisition, or refinancing of fiber networks.
Jeffrey also serves as co-managing member of Mayhook Consulting Group, LLC, providing executive-level advisory services to fiber-based network providers, including serving as a board member on a select basis, and supporting executive-level management and finance teams on an ad hoc basis in the areas of business development, M&A, and venture/private equity/debt financings. He also served on the Board of Managers for opticAccess, LLC, a West Coast provider of fiber-based, enterprise-grade networking, communications, and technology solutions, with over 3,500 route miles, which was acquired by Integra in October, 2015.
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. PreCash delivers digital bill payments to SMB customers over a proprietary payment platform, and officially changed its name to Noventis in September 2016.
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. Given his role as a member of the senior management team, Jeffrey’s responsibilities also extended to shaping GST’s strategic initiatives, as well as to managing and directing GST’s extensive internal and external legal services. Other activities included presenting the company’s business development goals to foreign officials and executives in Latin America, certain Pacific Islands, and Asia. GST’s extensive and primarily West-Coast-based network was acquired by Time Warner Telecom in 2000, and is now part of the merged network with Level 3 Communications.
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