David E. Bronston

Special Counsel New York City

David is a digital infrastructure expert serving as Phillips Lytle’s Telecommunications Team Leader.

A former general counsel for the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, David is an acknowledged authority on fiber and wireless network deployment in public and private properties and Right of Way (RoW). Whether towers, small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), data centers, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) or metro enterprise and middle mile fiber networks, David has obtained and negotiated licensees, franchise leases and all types of authorizations necessary for digital infrastructure deployments.

Over the course of his long career in communications law, David has developed relationships with investment advisors and bankers, C-level executives and in-house and other counsel. These relationships help propel deals forward and bring value-added services to Phillips Lytle clients. These clients range from Fortune 50 carriers to the small cell providers in NYC subways and public rights of way.

David is a builder of both telecommunications and professional networks, particularly in the infrastructure field.



Honors & Awards

  • City & State New York, The Responsible 100, 2023
  • City & State New York, Telecommunications Power 50 List, Ranked #45, 2021
  • Selected for the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list, 2006-2010, 2013-2022
  • Rated AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell

Education & Admissions

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, M.P.A., 1984
  • Harvard College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
Admitted to Practice
  • New York

Speaking Engagements

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  • Panelist, “Permitting Progress and Challenges,” WIA Connect (X) 2024, May 2024
  • Panelist, “Shared Infrastructure and the Future of Vertical Real Estate,” Broadband Breakfast Digital Infrastructure Investment Summit, December 2023
  • Panelist, “Successful Municipal Fiber Deployment Projects,” 2nd Annual Upstate Rural Broadband Conference, November 2023
  • Speaker, “Understanding the Local Political Landscape,” Fiber Connect, August 2023
  • Panelist, “Broadband Infrastructure Funding,” Wireless Tech & Policy Summit, May 2023
  • Speaker, “The Public/Private Partnership Opportunity,” WIA Connect (X) 2023, May 2023
  • Panelist, “Closing the Digital Divide: An All Hands on Deck Approach,” National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), February 2023
  • Moderator, “Deploying Telecom Infrastructure,” Wireless Forum 2022, New York State Wireless Association (NYSWA), September 2022
  • Speaker, “State Wireless Associations – Grassroots Outreach at the State and Local Levels,” Connect (X) Conference, Wireless Industry Association, October 2021
  • Presenter, “Financing Options for Enterprises Deploying In-Building Wireless Solutions,” Capital & Finance Summit, Wireless Infrastructure Association, April 2021
  • Panelist, “5G Densification Challenges,” 2020 NEDAS Virtual Symposium, September 2020
  • Moderator, “Deal Making & Asset Acquisition Strategies for Infrastructure Owners,” WIA Connect (X) All Access, May 2020
  • Moderator, “Financing the Deployment of 5G and Wireless Infrastructure,” NYSWA Wireless Forum 2019, June 2019
  • Moderator, “Broadband for All,” Digital New York Summit & Awards, February 2018
  • Panelist, “City Real Estate Management for Telecoms Networks,” Wireless Broadband Alliance Wireless Global Congress, November 2017
  • Moderator, “Incorporating the Internet of Things into New York,” On Technology Forum, March 2017
  • Speaker, “The Hetnet Conundrum,” 2016 Smart Mobility Summit, March 2016
  • Presenter, “New NY Broadband Grant Program,” Northeast DAS and Small Cell Association Webinar, February 2016
  • Panelist, “Ask the HetNet Experts,” HetNet Expo, October 2015
  • Moderator, “Communication and Utility Networks – Reliability and Emergency Preparedness,” Federal Communications Bar Association Event, March 2015

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • The Adirondack Council, Board of Directors
    • Vice Chair, 1999-2005
  • Parks & Trails New York, Board of Directors
    • Vice Chairman, 2013-2016
  • NY League of Conservation Voters, NYC Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Adirondack Forty-Sixers (#4500)
  • New York State Wireless Association, Board of Directors
    • Former Secretary
  • Richenthal Foundation, Trustee

Past Activities

  • New York City Bar Association
    • Telecommunication Law Committee, Chair
  • Pike & Fischer Communications Environmental & Land Use Law Report, Board of Advisors
  • NYC EDC Telecommunications Policy Advisory Group, Member
  • National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, Member

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Communications Law
    • Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
    • Senior Lawyers Division
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, New York Chapter, 2000-2002
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section