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Throughout my career, I’ve built relationships within the telecommunications industry. I understand the challenges of regulated entities and have enjoyed being a part of their growth over my 28-plus years of service.

Bill Atkinson is an experienced state government affairs attorney who brings nearly three decades of regulatory experience to his clients. His substantial knowledge in state regulatory affairs allows him to be an effective advocate and counselor to clients developing regulatory and legislative strategies. Bill works tirelessly to ensure clients’ regulatory compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulations. 

In addition to his telecommunications industry-specific work, Bill has counseled clients through growth phases and new product rollouts, as well as through proposed mergers and acquisitions to anticipated discontinuance of regulated service. 

Bill has extensive telecommunications industry experience. Most recently, Bill was Senior Counsel and Director, Sprint State Government Affairs. In this role, Bill represented the company in state utilities commission proceedings, other state and local agency proceedings, and state legislative matters in 14 U.S. jurisdictions. He worked on issues including wireless regulation, small cell deployment, tower siting, disaster preparedness, interconnection, and Lifeline service, among others. 

As Sprint’s counsel in state/local regulatory proceedings, Bill conducted oral argument and cross-examination of witnesses and participated in workshops, committee meetings, and industry conferences. He drafted petitions, motions, discovery, and talking points, and engaged in numerous other types of oral and written advocacy. In addition, Bill advised the company on a wide range of regulatory compliance issues, conducted extensive legal research, addressed customer complaints, analyzed and drafted legislation, filed numerous required reports, and managed the Sprint Atlanta regulatory office for 15 years. 

Prior to his work for Sprint, Bill spent four years as a staff attorney for a Georgia state agency with business before the Georgia Public Service Commission. 

Atkinson has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and an M.A. in music from the Univ. of Georgia, and his Juris Doctor degree is from Georgia State University. 

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D., 1991, Phi Delta Phi
  • University of Georgia, M.A., 1986, Graduate Assistantship
  • Louisiana State University, B. Mus., 1983, School of Music Scholarship, Dean’s List, Phi Kappa Phi, LSU Opera Theatre, A Cappella Choir, University Chorus, Baton Rouge Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals

Community Involvement

Atlanta International School, Parent Volunteer

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

State Bar of Georgia