As T-Mobile USA Inc. tries to combine with another wireless carrier, the company has hired a team of lobbyists from a law firm that fought against its now-scrapped merger with AT&T Inc.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck notified Congress last week that it is advocating for T-Mobile on its plan to merge with MetroPCS Communications Inc., according to lobbying registration paperwork. For Dish Network Corp.-affiliated Coalition for Mobile Wireless, the law firm in 2011 lobbied against AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, which Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG owns. Brownstein received $240,000 from the group, according to congressional records.
Firm Chairman Norman Brownstein and shareholders Allen Grunes, Marc Lampkin, Alfred Mottur and Manuel Ortiz are handling the T-Mobile account. Except for Brownstein, all of the lobbyists keep offices in Washington. Brownstein is based in Denver.