Robert Gurss has over 30 years of experience in communications law and policy. Affiliated with Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth since 2003, his practice focuses on the representation of governmental entities and corporations on wireless telecommunications issues. His work includes domestic and international spectrum allocations, transactions involving communications facilities, rulemaking proceedings, frequency reallocation negotiations, resolution of interference disputes, complex FCC licensing matters, regulatory compliance issues, rule waivers, and equipment standards.
Mr. Gurss is particularly well known for his work in the area of public safety communications. He has represented nearly 100 different state and local government agencies on FCC-related matters, and he was twice named by Radio Resources magazine as one of the “most influential people in public safety” communications. Mr. Gurss was principal counsel for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) on FCC matters for 25 years, most recently serving as APCO’s Senior Regulatory Counsel, concurrent with his position with Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. He received six “Presidential Awards” from APCO for his service and wrote a monthly column in APCO’s Public Safety Communications magazine for over two decades.
The Secretary of Commerce twice appointed Mr. Gurss to the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and he chaired the committee’s work group on streamlining of federal/non-federal spectrum sharing. He also served as co-chair of the steering committee for the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council. Mr. Gurss is a past president of the Land Mobile Communications Council, a coalition of associations representing the interests of wireless telecommunications licensees before the FCC.
Mr. Gurss is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), and has been elected a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He served for two years as co-chair of the FCBA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Homeland Security and Emergency Communications.
Mr. Gurss received his undergraduate degree in 1979, and his law degree in 1982, from the University of Michigan.