Rob Gastner joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in 2014. He grew up nearby in Oakton, Virginia. Today he makes his home in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Kristen and their two-year-old daughter, who will soon be a big sister, as the family is expecting their second child this fall. They also share their home with a British shorthair cat and a Rottweiler mix.

Rob assists telecommunications, energy, and technology companies with regulatory compliance and transactional matters. His clients include IP telephony service providers, local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers, Internet access providers, competitive energy suppliers, and electric utilities. He counsels his clients on a broad range of issues, including rulemakings and other proceedings before the federal and state agencies.

Prior to joining Eckert Seamans, Rob worked as an attorney for an insurance defense firm and a boutique telecommunications firm. His involvement in the telecommunications and information technology industries spans more than 15 years, dating backing to his work as a software engineer for Sprint. After attending law school, Rob first gained practical experience in the legal profession while serving as a judicial law clerk for the Circuit Court of Virginia’s 17th Judicial District in Arlington County.

Q&A

What led you to pursue a career in law?

Growing up, I had several family members who practiced law.

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

The variety of work that my practice group handles.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An architect.

What makes you laugh?

My daughter.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

One summer during college, I rode a bicycle from San Francisco back to Washington, D.C.

Tell us something that’s on your bucket list.

Learning to sail.

What is your favorite place?

Colorado.

 

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