Dan Cohen is an attorney and founder of the Cohen Law Group. He has over 20 years experience in the fields of cable, telecommunications, and broadband. Mr. Cohen has assisted hundreds of local governments and private sector clients in these matters. He has been a frequent guest speaker at local, regional and national conferences, and has written articles on current cable and telecommunications issues. Mr. Cohen stays current with regulatory changes in this field at both the federal and state levels and has lobbied decision makers at both levels on behalf of his clients with respect to specific policy issues. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).
Prior to starting the firm, Mr. Cohen served on the Pittsburgh City Council for 12 years from 1990 to 2002. He served as chair of City Council’s Cable Television Committee for 10 years as well as on the mayor’s Telecommunications Committee. While on Council, he assisted the city in negotiating a cable franchise agreement with AT&T Broadband in 1999. He subsequently assisted the City in negotiating cable franchise agreements with Verizon in 2009 and Comcast in 2010.
Outside of cable and telecommunications matters, on City Council Mr. Cohen also enacted the city’s first Ethics Act, drafted successful playground safety legislation, and promoted community policing. Mr. Cohen graduated from Yale College and Stanford Law School. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and three children.
Stacy Browdie is an attorney who has been an integral part of the firm since its inception. She has many years of experience working with municipalities in cable, telecommunications and broadband matters. While adept in many areas of the firm’s practice, Ms. Browdie concentrates primarily in assisting municipalities in negotiating cable franchise agreements, conducting franchise fee audits, preparing cable compliance reviews, and managing public, educational, and governmental (“PEG”) channels. She has also facilitated and developed strategic plans for municipalities.
In addition to her legal work, Ms. Browdie also oversees all aspects of the financial and business management of the firm. Ms. Browdie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She resides in Pittsburgh with her husband and her three children.
The other principal of the firm, Phil Fraga, is an attorney who brings significant private sector experience to his role in serving as outside counsel. Mr. Fraga gained valuable legal and operational experience with a major cable company and was general counsel and a member of the senior management teams of two telecommunications companies prior to joining the firm in January of 2006. Mr. Fraga’s industry experience and his understanding of the operations of cable and telecommunications providers have proven invaluable for our clients as they negotiate with these providers.
Mr. Fraga works in virtually every area of the firm’s practice. He has negotiated hundreds of cable franchise agreements with cable providers. He has also negotiated numerous wireless facility leases, pole attachment agreements, and right-of-way agreements. Mr. Fraga also has significant experience negotiating with communications providers on behalf of residential building owners and managers. Mr. Fraga has undergraduate degrees from Bethany College (finance) and Carlow College (accounting), an MBA from the University of Steubenville, and a law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law. He resides with his family in Weirton, West Virginia.
Mike Roberts has extensive experience in assisting municipalities in wireless facilities regulation, wireless leases, franchise fee audits, cable franchise renewal, and right-of-way management. While he was in law school, Mr. Roberts worked as a law clerk at our firm, where he gained experience assisting local governments in cable, wireless, and broadband issues. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. While in law school, Mr. Roberts served as Features Editor for JURIST, a legal news and research service. He also studied international commercial law at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.
Joel Winston specializes in telecommunications law and litigation. He represents local governments in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts regarding wireless communications infrastructure, broadband, cable television franchising, and real estate zoning laws. Joel also advises clients on federal legislation and FCC rulemaking.
Mr. Winston is a former deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey and previously served the Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee, in Manhattan. He is icensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.