With over 35 years of wireless experience, Alan Tilles is viewed as one of the “go-to” attorneys in the industry regarding spectrum utilization. From radio manufacturers, to frequency coordinators, radio engineers, public safety agencies, railroads and utilities, he is frequently called upon to create innovative answers to complex technological problems. A client recently noted, “Alan and his staff provided unparalleled legal representation for Mobile County. We would have been taken advantage of had it not been for the persistence, experience and knowledge base that the firm brought to the table.” Other clients note that they always want Alan on the phone during negotiations because he understands the technology.
Alan’s work in wireless goes well beyond simply reviewing contracts and writing FCC comments. Using his extensive background owning and running radio stations, Alan has been at the forefront of conceiving and proposing rules at the FCC to address problems faced by the wireless industry. Major projects include: authoring rules for land mobile radio narrowbanding; representing hundreds of public safety entities in 800 MHz rebanding; working with the Telecommunications Industry Association on its Smart Building Initiative, authoring rules defining interference; writing and evaluating Requests for Proposal to implement public safety radio systems; and helping railroads acquire spectrum for Positive Train Control. He is a co-founder of the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association.
Considering this background, both technically and legally, data privacy work was a natural outgrowth of Alan’s expertise. As a member of the Shulman Rogers Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice, he helps companies implement data privacy policies, provides important assistance when breaches occur, and partners with the Firm’s litigation and government contracting teams on cyber litigation issues.
However, there’s another side to Alan’s legal work. As a musician since childhood, Alan represents numerous bands and entertainers. The breadth of his work includes working on recording contracts, television and live performance agreements, as well as copyright and trademark issues. As a result, he has received appreciative mentions in albums by several musicians and in 2018 appeared on the East Bay Soul CD “Conversation,” and in 2020 on Joey Molland’s “Be True To Yourself.”
As one of the most sought-after public speakers in the country, Alan can be seen at seminars and webinars nationwide on a regular basis, including the International Wireless Communications Expo and the Global Transport Forum. His writing can be seen on websites such as Urgent Communications.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- International Wireless Communications Expo Advisory Committee, Member
- Federal Communications Bar Association, Member
- Spectrum Committee – National Public Safety Telecommunications Committee, Member
- Telecommunications Industry Association Smart Buildings Program Committee, Member
- Entertainment and Sports Law Committee – Maryland Bar Association, Member
- Radio Club of America, Fellow, Past Vice President/Counsel