The CommLaw Group Appoints New Head of its Dispute Resolution and Litigation Practice Group and Co-Chair of its Communications Taxes and Fees Practice

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Attorney Allison D. Rule promoted to lead The CommLaw Group's Dispute Resolution and Litigation Practice; also named as co-chair of firm's Communications Taxes and Fees Practice

Allison D. Rule

Ms. Rule was integral in the firm’s successful prosecution of a precedent-setting excise tax case resulting in a $3.1 million judgment

The CommLaw Group is pleased to announce that attorney Allison D. Rule has been elevated to head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice. Ms. Rule will also co-chair the firm’s Communications Taxes and Fees Practice with a concentration in state and local taxation of VoIP and other Cloud-based communications services.    

“We are very excited to appoint Allison Rule to lead the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice group and I am honored to be heading into 2012 with Allison co-chairing the firm’s burgeoning Communications Taxes and Fees Practice by my side. 2011 has been an exciting and successful year for the firm in both of these areas and we expect further growth next year as we continue to build upon our success. Ms. Rule’s promotion recognizes her exceptional achievements in these complex and uniquely challenging areas. This past year alone, Ms. Rule was integral in the firm’s successful prosecution of a precedent-setting excise tax case resulting in a $3.1 million judgment. Ms. Rule is presently defending another client against AT&T in an access charge case with national implications for the prepaid calling card industry. In the midst of juggling complex litigation, Ms. Rule also played an integral role assisting a Fortune 100 client’s entrance into the Cloud Communications services industry with regard to compliance with federal, state and local taxes on VoIP services. Allison’s appointment demonstrates the firm’s commitment to the continued successes of both of these important practice areas and is made with the recognition that the future of the communications industry resides in 'the Cloud," stated Managing Partner Jonathan Marashlian.

Ms. Rule is a graduate with honors from Texas A&M University, and she earned her Juris Doctorate from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1999. In private practice for over thirteen years, Ms. Rule has worked at the Washington, D.C. firms of Spiegel McDiarmid LLP and Troutman Sanders LLP and has represented clients in a wide variety of communications regulatory and litigation matters. Ms. Rule joined The CommLaw Group in 2008. Since joining the firm, she has utilized her communications regulatory expertise to advise clients as to the tax and regulatory obligations imposed on both traditional and developing communications services. Ms. Rule counsels clients in a variety of transactional, land use, regulatory and litigation matters. Ms. Rule’s litigation experience includes representing corporate clients and individuals in arbitration proceedings, state and federal court proceedings, and state and federal administrative adjudications. In addition, Ms. Rule has substantial appellate experience at both the state and federal level. Ms. Rule’s balance of transactional and litigation practices allows her to provide clients with comprehensive solutions to their evolving legal needs.

Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, The CommLaw Group is a full service Washington, D.C.-area law firm serving the comprehensive legal needs of the communications industry. We are experienced in all aspects of federal and state telecommunications law and regulation and represent businesses engaged in the dynamic communications and information technologies industry with virtually all of their legal needs. No matter the scope of our representation, we are committed to offering our clients personal attention and efficient, professional representation. While always keeping your objectives in mind, we maintain our clients' trust and confidence through open and direct communication and valuable, responsive and cost-effective performance.

The CommLaw Group is unique among its peers, offering clients a scope of capabilities rarely found in boutique law firms. With a headcount rivaling the Telecom Practice Groups of most major law firms, we boast a team of attorneys, paraprofessionals and consultants possessing the skills, focus and resources necessary to serve the communications law needs of Fortune 100 companies, all without sacrificing the range of services and affordability which makes us the "go to" firm for new entrants and service providers of all sizes.

Information about The CommLaw Group and its affiliated consulting firm, The Commpliance Group, is available on their respective websites: and

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