Jonathan Marashlian

Jonathan Marashlian - Marashlian & Donahue, LLC

Jonathan Marashlian
Marashlian & Donahue, LLC
1420 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 401
McLean, VA 22102

(703) 714-1313


Jonathan Marashlian
Marashlian & Donahue, LLC

Attorney Profile
Law School

George Mason University
1995 - 1998


(703) 714-1313

Lexology / International Law Office 2013 Client Choice Award Winner
Named Overall Winner in the Telecommunications Law Category - USA

Mr. Marashlian's firm serves clients in the following industry segments:
  • Traditional wireline telecommunications services, including domestic & international Long Distance (IXC) and Competitive Local Exchange (CLEC)
  • Information & enhanced communications services
  • Wireless and MVNO services
  • Broadband networks, ISPs & Internet Access services
  • Advanced communication application (apps) services & developers
  • Broad spectrum of Internet Based (IP-based) services, including Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) and other hybrid & convergent communications service providers
  • Communications equipment manufacturers

Specialized experiences include: Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and nationwide state utility commission (PUC), Secretary of State and Attorney General regulatory, transactional, enforcement defense and advocacy services; telecom taxation issues; regulatory fees & tax planning; wireline & wireless transfers/assignments of control; mergers, acquisitions and customer base/asset sales; regulatory compliance & reporting, contract drafting, negotiations and review; domestic and international communications market entry services, including licensing & tariffing; dispute resolution and administrative litigation; FCC advocacy and representation of clients in a variety of administrative proceedings, including rulemakings, declaratory petitions, and enforcement matters, such as Show Cause, NALs and informal and formal complaints.

Representative Experience

  • Represent competitive telecommunications, enhanced services and interconnected Voice over IP providers in all matters before the FCC and state agencies;
  • Counsel clients on federal and state regulatory requirements and compliance obligations;
  • Regularly engage in regulatory litigation and mediation before the FCC and state agencies regarding commercial disputes, regulatory compliance, competitive harms, marketing practices and more;
  • Participate in Rulemaking, Declaratory Ruling and other policy proceedings and engage in lobbying and policy/client advocacy before the FCC;
  • Obtain FCC and state authorizations for local, long distance, international, operator and pre-paid telecom services; drafting, preparing, filing and maintaining telecommunications tariffs; advising clients on state and federal regulatory developments; cultivating close working relationships with FCC and state commission staff to aid client interests;
  • Manage the prosecution of routine and complex regulatory filings associated with the full panoply of corporate transactions, including: transfers of control and assignments of authorization, FCC 214 discontinuances, and asset and customer base transfers;
  • Spectrum license assignment, partitioning, and transfers of control applications utilizing Universal Licensing System;
  • Expert in state and federal rules regarding slamming, cramming and telemarketing;
  • Negotiate settlements of carrier contractual and billing disputes, including FCC mediations;
  • Lead regulatory counsel to facilities-based IXC, Touch America, Inc. (“TA”); represented TA during its acquisition of the in-region long distance assets of Qwest Communications International, Inc. (“Qwest”) and subsequent corporate re-organization and divestiture of The Montana Power Company; prosecuted two formal FCC Complaints against Qwest; assisted FCC’s Investigations & Hearings Division in its informal investigation of Qwest (File No. EB-02-IH-0674), which at the time resulted in the single, largest FCC fine ever issued;
  • Represented regional ISP association, Federation of Internet Service Providers of America (FISPA), against BellSouth and Verizon de-regulation of telecommunications component of wireline broadband;
  • Regulatory counsel to Nortel Networks and guide roll-out of Enterprise Division’s Hosted Solutions


Mr. Marashlian is published in the Federal Communications Law Journal and actively contributes articles to industry and trade publications. He is also frequently quoted as an industry expert on a variety of subject matters.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Marashlian has also been invited to speak at a variety of industry events:

  • VoIP Taxation and Regulatory Fees on the Rise: Your Guide to Compliance, Thompson Interactive Audio Conference (August 2009)
  • “The Future of Regulation, Taxes and Litigation in Prepaid Calling,” Speaker at Prepaid Press Expo (August 2008);
  • “Prepaid Industry Legal & Regulatory Update,” Speaker at NetworkIP 2007 Prepaid Leadership Summit (September 2007);
  • Sonus Networks Technical Leadership Forum 2007, Moderator of Panel Session on Today's Regulatory Environment & Net Neutrality;
  • “Prepaid Industry Legal & Regulatory Update: The Times, They are a Changin’,” Speaker at NetworkIP 2007 Prepaid Leadership Summit (April 2007);
  • “Universal Service Fund: What is the End Game?,” Speaker at NetworkIP 2006 Prepaid Leadership Summit (September 2006);
  • “USF: Past, Present & Future,” Speaker before National Telecommunications Credit Association (Nov. 2003)
  • Implementation of the New National Broadband Plan – Issues, Opportunities and Challenges, Thompson Interactive Webinar (June 2010)
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  • VoIP Taxation and Regulatory Fees on the Rise: Your Guide to Compliance, Thompson Interactive Audio Conference (August 2009)
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