Robert D. Ciandella


Robert D. Ciandella

Rob has been a partner with the firm since 1993. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to telecommunications law issues and infrastructure development projects.  He has acted as counsel in matters ranging from the siting of a natural gas transmission line and the siting of a wood powered electrical generation facility to the development of tax increment finance districts.  His telecommunications practice involves work for both private and public sector clients and a wide range of telecommunications law issues, including regulatory matters, franchising and federal litigation matters. He also has an active land use practice representing both municipalities and developers. He has an extensive municipal law practice and practices in the area of utility law for both public and private sector clients.  Rob also represents public and private sector clients in employment law issues.

Rob was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is admitted to practice in the United States Federal District Court Bar as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rob received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979 and he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Brockport in 1976. He is a member of the New Hampshire and New York Bars.  He has lectured extensively on telecommunications law issues and he has been a featured speaker, radio show guest and writer on telecommunications law issues.

Rob was counsel for the Town of Amherst in the first case decided by the First Circuit Court of Appeals dealing with the balance between the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the zoning authority of municipalities to regulate the siting of personal wireless service facilities. Town of Amherst, New Hampshire v. Omnipoint Communications Enterprise, Inc., 176 F.3d 9 (1st Cir. 1999).

Rob is the author of articles on telecommunications law, including “Summary of Impacts of Telecommunications Act of 1996 on New Hampshire Municipalities,” New Hampshire Town & City, September, 1996 and “The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 and What it Means for New Hampshire Municipalities,” 34 New Hampshire Bar Journal 67 (1993).

Rob has served as a Director of the Pease Development Authority, charged with directing the development of Pease International Tradeport, President of Portsmouth Community Radio and presently serves on the New Hampshire Telecommunications Advisory Board.