Mike Hazzard represents global software and communications companies in multi-jurisdictional expansion efforts.  His experience ranges from supporting global product deployment and market entry, to supporting cross-border transactions, to global corporate re-organizations.  Mike has substantial experience developing and negotiating a full range of commercial agreements between service providers and equipment manufacturers, infrastructure providers, software providers, enterprises, and consumers.  As a subject matter expert, he also leads regulatory and commercial due diligence efforts supporting domestic and multi-national transactions, and he negotiates and implements all manner of services agreements associated with such transactions.

In addition to his experience with traditional communications providers, Mike is a recognized expert in commercial and regulatory matters associated with the global deployment of Over-The-Top services, including voice, messaging, and audio and video streaming services.  He has particular experience representing CPaaS, SaaS, and other software-based platforms enter new markets, obtain relevant registrations and licenses, and enter distribution agreements with traditional telecommunications service providers.

Teaming with DLA Piper lawyers world-wide, Mike works with companies in their expansion efforts throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe.  He similarly has assisted companies entering the US market, where he has deep experience with many regulatory and consumer protection regimes, including the California Consumer Protection Act, the Communications Act, the Electronic Consumer Privacy Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Red Flag Rule, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule, among others.

Mike also maintains an active litigation docket.  He defends businesses in government actions and consumer class actions, primarily regarding technology, data privacy, and consumer marketing matters.  He represents companies in government-plaintiff actions, state attorney general actions, and federal and state agency investigations, including investigations initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and state public service and consumer protection agencies.

As lead litigation counsel, Mike has successfully defended numerous consumer class actions.  He has particular expertise in Telephone Consumer Protection Act matters, as well as cases brought under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Communications Act, and numerous other federal and state consumer protection and privacy laws.  He has defended actions in over 20 district courts, argued appeals before the Third, Fourth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and defended clients before dozens of federal and state agencies.