Payton provides legal counsel to space and satellite, telecommunications, and emerging technology clients on a variety of regulatory, transactional, and compliance matters.


Representative Matters

  • Represents clients in matters involving Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation of wireless and satellite telecommunications services, and provides counsel on a variety of licensing, operational, and spectrum policy and allocation matters.
  • Assists clients with licensing and authorization of both Geostationary and Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit systems, as well as Earth stations, with the FCC.
  • Provides guidance on satellite service regulations, including rules for fixed- and mobile-satellite services, small satellite services, earth exploration satellite services, and inter-satellite services.
  • Advises established and emerging space ventures on orbital debris mitigation, first-come, first-served processing of satellite applications, milestone compliance, replacement expectancies, and required regulatory reports.
  • Prepares comments, petitions, and other pleadings in proceedings before the FCC and other federal agencies.
  • Conducts regulatory due diligence and risk assessments for space and satellite services transactions.
  • Maintains an active pro bono practice.

Professional Experience

  • Summer Intern, Federal Communications Commission (2019)
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Americans for Prosperity (2017-2018)
  • Policy Analyst (2015-2017), Research Assistant (2014-2015), The LIBRE Initiative



J.D., Harvard Law School

M.A., first class honors, University of Edinburgh

Law Journals

Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

Bar and Court Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar

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