H. Russell Frisby Jr. is a partner with Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on regulatory and corporate matters affecting entities in the communications, energy and technology areas. For more than 20 years, he has represented clients in a wide variety of proceedings, including litigation matters, before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state utility commissions and federal courts. As part of his practice, he has served as special telecommunications counsel to several large municipalities and has testified before several Congressional committees on various issues.
Frisby’s professional experience includes serving as CEO and acting chief legal officer of the Competitive Telecommunications Association, which is the largest association representing competitive facilities-based carriers, providers using unbundled network elements, global integrated communications companies, and their supplier partners. Previously, he served as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission. During his tenure, the commission was renowned for its pro-competitive policies in telecommunications, gas and electricity matters. Frisby also participated in a number of key decisions, including the Telecommunications Act arbitration proceedings, various rate cases and the electric industry restructuring.
Throughout his career, Frisby has been active in public affairs and civil rights. He served as counsel to the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund, and represented it before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Croson case. He also served as counsel of record for the Congressional Black Caucus before the Supreme Court in the Adarand case. In 1989, Frisby received the fund’s Charles Hamilton Houston Award for his outstanding skill, dedication and commitment through legal representation on behal of the national minority business community. He speaks regularly before industry conferences, financial analysts and Congressional committees on communications and technology issues.