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Williams Testifies Before PA Legislature

June 19, 2012

PA Commercial Attorney, Richard WilliamsAttorney Richard M. Williams, a principal in the law firm of HKQ Law, recently testified before two Pennsylvania legislative committees in Harrisburg regarding bills that would streamline the application process for the collocation of wireless transmission facilities on existing structures throughout the Commonwealth.

Williams, who is widely recognized as one of the region’s foremost authorities on telecommunications law, testified before the House Committee on Consumer Affairs regarding House Bill 2061, and before the Senate Committee on Communications and Technology regarding Senate Bill 1345.Williams represents wireless carriers in siting cell towers and related telecommunications equipment throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

In his testimony, he cited examples to illustrate how the approval process could be streamlined for collocating wireless transmission facilities on existing structures like towers, water tanks, utility poles, hospitals, schools, apartment buildings, farm structures and other types of buildings. Such structures, he said, are ideal for the installation of wireless facilities and “offer the community with the least obtrusive alternative to the construction of a new (cell) tower.”

Williams recommended a number of substantive changes to the language in the bills to comply with existing federal law and improve the approval process for collating wireless facilities.

“Unreasonable barriers to the prompt and efficient build-out of wireless networks exist throughout the Commonwealth,” Williams testified. “These barriers serve to limit and hamper the communications infrastructure which will be critical to the residents and businesses of the Commonwealth in the 21st Century.”

A graduate of Penn State and the Dickinson School of Law, Williams is a principal in HKQ’s Commercial Department with a focus on telecommunications, real estate, zoning and land use planning. He is a member of the Luzerne County and Pennsylvania bar associations. He is a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, and a member of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Advisory Board. He has authored numerous articles and lectured on the topics of commercial lending requirements and loan documentation, foreclosures, evictions and landlord/tenant law, and land use planning in Pennsylvania.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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