Chris Arfaa is a litigator and regulatory lawyer with nearly 19 years experience representing telecommunications carriers and other business clients as both outside and in-house counsel.
Chris focuses his practice on telecommunications-related litigation – a category that comprises both telecom administrative litigation at the state commission and FCC levels and civil litigation in federal and state courts. His administrative litigation experience includes interconnection arbitrations, declaratory order proceedings, generic investigations, rulemakings, and related judicial review proceedings. His court experience includes bringing actions for declaratory and injunctive relief against state encroachments on areas of exclusive federal jurisdiction, litigating inter-carrier compensation and interconnection disputes, and using federal preemption as a shield against quasi-regulatory state class action suits.
Chris also represents primarily business clients in commercial business disputes and provides appellate advocacy to both clients and co-counsel.
Chris’s sole practitioner business structure enables him to represent clients in an efficient and responsive manner, unencumbered by big-firm conflicts of interest and pressures to “leverage” junior staff. Since some matters may on occasion require big-firm resources, Chris has established relationships with a leading telecommunications regulatory law firm and a national litigation firm to ensure that he has access to all of the tools that may be required to meet his clients’ needs.
Chris received his B.A. from Yale in 1985 and his J.D. (with high honors) from Duke in 1989, where he served as Note Editor for the Duke Law Journal. He began his legal career litigating business disputes at a large, Philadelphia-based national law firm. In 1993, Chris joined the law department of a regional Bell operating company in Philadelphia, where he personally represented the company in numerous contested administrative proceedings relating to the introduction of local telephone competition. In 2000, he was promoted to vice president & associate general counsel and relocated to Arlington, Virginia to manage strategic wireless regulatory initiatives and antitrust litigation. In 2003, Chris and his family returned to Philadelphia to resume private practice at another large, Philadelphia-based national law firm, where he represented wireless carriers before federal and state trial and appellate courts, the Federal Communications Commission, and state commissions. Chris opened his own law office in the Philadelphia suburb of Radnor, Pennsylvania, in 2007.
Chris is a member of the Pennsylvania bar. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and all federal agencies.