Kristin Berkland Joins Bradley Hagen & Gullikson, LLC as Telecommunications Attorney

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Kristin Berkland

Kristin Berkland

Bradley Hagen & Gullikson, LLC, is pleased to announce that former Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Assistant General Counsel, Kristin Berkland, has joined the firm as a telecommunications partner.

While with USAC, Ms. Berkland provided legal counsel to the USAC division responsible for billing, collecting, and disbursing over $7 billion in federal universal service revenues annually. Ms. Berkland also worked with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition and Enforcement Bureaus in the application of federal universal service reporting and contribution regulations and assisted with federal universal service E-Rate waste, fraud, and abuse matters. Ms. Berkland regularly participated in and provided legal oversight for USAC contributor and beneficiary audits, giving her a unique and unparalleled insight into the USAC audit process.

Prior to joining Bradley Hagen & Gullikson, LLC, Ms. Berkland worked for the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP where she helped telecommunications providers comprehend and comply with their federal universal service reporting and contribution requirements and counseled federal universal service beneficiaries and service providers regarding participation in the High Cost, E-Rate, and Lifeline programs. She has represented major school districts in federal E-Rate matters, including USAC E-Rate audits. Ms. Berkland has also handled complex Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulatory compliance matters and sheparded clients through the complex domestic and international Section 214 authorization process, including providing counsel regarding how to navigate the complicated “Team Telecom” review process. Ms. Berkland also has experience in energy regulatory, antitrust, and complex litigation matters. Ms. Berkland will continue to offer her unique blend of federal universal service and Section 214 licensing services at Bradley Hagen & Gullikson, LLC.

Ms. Berkland received her B.A. in International Studies, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington D.C.

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Adrian Herbst and Leslie Herbst-Saporito Join Bradley Law Firm

We are pleased to announce that Adrian Herbst and Leslie Herbst-Saporito have joined Bradley Hagen & Gullikson as partners. They will join Mike Bradley in his telecommunications practice at the firm. Both are coming from the well-respected municipal telecommunications law firm of Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide.

“I am so pleased to have Adrian and Leslie join our team,” said Mike Bradley. “No one in Minnesota has more municipal telecommunications legal experience than Adrian Herbst. It is a real honor to have him join us.” Adrian brings over 30 years of municipal telecommunications legal experience to the firm. He served as the City Attorney for the City of Bloomington for many years before going into private practice. He has been a leading attorney in municipal cable franchising, rights-of-way management, and municipal broadband planning. Indeed, Adrian negotiated many of the initial cable television franchises in the Twin Cities.

Adrian has also been a leader in many municipal organizations.  Adrian has served as President of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association and Vice President of the League of Minnesota Cities.  He is a charter member of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), as well as various other legal organizations including the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), the Federal Communications Bar Association, and the Telecommunications Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Adrian is a member of the State Bar of Minnesota.  Like Mike Bradley, Adrian holds the highest AV rating with Martindale‑Hubbell.

Leslie, Adrian’s daughter, is an emerging municipal telecommunications attorney in her own right. She has assisted local governments throughout the country on all aspects of cable service franchising and telecommunications rights-of-way management issues. She is experienced in drafting, negotiating and enforcing cable and telecommunications franchises and revising right-of-way ordinances.

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Leslie,” said Adrian Herbst proudly. “I have known and consulted with Mike for many years on municipal telecommunications issues. I’m excited about the synergies of our practices.”

Most recently Leslie has been working on competitive cable franchises for municipal clients in Minnesota.  “Our firm has been a leader in helping cities negotiate competitive cable franchises resulting in wire-line cable television competition for the first time ever in the Twin Cities,” said Bradley, “Leslie’s experience will build on that success.”

In the coming months and years, local governments will be challenged to ensure their residents have access to adequate broadband services. This issue particularly affects rural areas. Many cities are also facing a rise in cell tower applications as mobile phone companies look to increase their coverage and bandwidth for consumers. This increase in demand coupled with recent changes to the law require local governments to reassess its current approach to cell towers. According to Leslie, “it’s an exciting time to be representing local governments on telecommunications issues with recent developments, such as competition in cable, cell tower and broadband planning. I think the firm is in a great position to help local governments navigate successfully through these issues.”

Bradley Hagen & Gullikson is a Twin Cities based law firm located in Woodbury, Minnesota.

 

Attorney Leslie Saporito

Leslie Herbst-Saporito

Attorney Adrian Herbst

Adrian Herbst

Attorney Mike Bradley

Mike Bradley

 

 

 

Originally published October 3, 2013.

An old saying for folks living on the East Side of St. Paul is “once an East Sider always an East Sider.” It’s still true today. Although I haven’t lived on St. Paul’s east side for over 20 years, I still identify with it. I guess I’ll always be an East Sider.

The East Side has always been a tough side of town. The people are a no nonsense type of people. You don’t get away with having fancy airs about you. But it has also been a place to raise families and a place that cares about its community. A place that takes care of its own. I don’t think that has changed.

But on the night of August 10, 2013 something terrible happened on the East Side. That night, Ray Widstrand, went out to walk his dog. He never got home.

As Ray walked toward a group of people, he was struck in the head so hard that he became unconscious. That was the first blow. After that the group took turns kicking and hitting Ray – mostly in the head. He was then stripped out of his clothes – still unconscious. Robbed. Left for dead.

Incredibly, Ray survived. But he suffered brutal brain injuries. He now has a long road of recovery ahead. He did nothing wrong. All he was doing was walking his dog. There was no reason for theattack.

Ray and his family need help. Ray’s friends have put together a fundraiser. It is being held this Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Goodrich Golf Dome. This is the dome over by Aldrich Arena. The event is called Putts Fore Ray. It is meant to be a fun event. Miniature Golf, music, food, silent auction.

Please consider helping in any way that you can. There has also been a fund set up called Ray’s Fund. You can drop donations off at any Wells Fargo. East Siders, Ray needs our help. We are participating. I hope you will too.

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