We have made our smart phones a necessity and are more connected than ever before because of the profound advances in telecommunications. The transmission of data from anyone at anytime from anywhere in the world is commonplace. Accordingly, in order to keep up with the demand and the constant advancement of technology, it is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is proficient in federal, state and local telecommunications law. Legal transactions and regulatory matters in this field are complex and costly in the event of litigation. Millions of dollars are invested in long term plans, technology, cell towers, Distributed Antenna Systems (“DAS”) and fiber. Accordingly, having qualified legal counsel advising on these issues is essential.
Eleni has over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked for major carriers, tower owners and municipalities. Her broad experience gives her an advantage, since she understands each party’s perspective and intent, which allows her to tailor representation depending on her client’s individual needs.
Eleni was a leasing specialist for Nextel’s legal department for the southeast region of the U.S. and successfully negotiated, drafted and finalized hundreds of ground leases and collocation agreements. She assisted in the drafting of Florida Statutes 365.172 and 337.401. Eleni went on to represent over 30 local municipalities in drafting their telecommunications and right of way ordinances, while ensuring federal regulatory compliance. She appeared at dozens of public hearings on behalf of cities and local governments, while negotiating telecom agreements on behalf of her clients with major carriers.
Eleni wrote the Telecommunications Ordinances for the following municipalities, which have never been challenged: Aventura, Miami Beach, North Miami, Surfside, Lake Worth, Jupiter, Ocean Ridge, Bonita Springs, North Bay Village and West Palm Beach. She was also critical in negotiating and finalizing the DAS agreement for the City of Miami Beach and the City of West Palm Beach. As a litigator, Eleni was litigation defense counsel on behalf of local governments for wireless facilities and special counsel on behalf of condominium associations in home run wiring litigation.
Eleni is proficient in drafting the following telecommunications documents and agreements:
- Telecommunications Ordinances
- Franchise Agreements
- Wireless Carrier Agreements, including distributed antenna systems (“DAS”)
- Leases and Pole Attachment Agreements.
Most recently, Eleni worked as special counsel to a major tower owner to determine the viability of DAS systems. Eleni has been a resident of Florida for over 20 years and has a comprehensive understanding of Florida’s topography, demographics, local government and application requirements. She is well versed in Federal, State and local telecommunications law. Her broad experience and contacts have been an asset in advising telecom companies seeking to expand their footprint in Florida.
“We own a small daycare business in south Florida and have used the legal service of Eleni Pantaridis for contract review, employment law and a host of other questions. We have found her to be very responsive, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We have used other lawyers in the past – most of them overall good; however, we are very satisfied and plan to continue using Eleni for our legal requirements. She is also not egotistical in her approach. She explains things in a logical “down to earth manner” and will let you know if she is not an expert in the field offering recommendations on who you may want to contact. We would recommend using her services.’