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Paul Burbank

Associate Lawyer at Fasken


Paul practices corporate/commercial and regulatory law at Fasken. He mainly provides advice on telecommunications and broadcasting in Canada, helping clients navigate the Canadian regulatory framework for telecommunications. Paul’s clients include wireless telecommunications service providers, device manufacturers, vertically-integrated broadcasters, digital media service providers, and app developers.

Paul frequently interacts with federal communications regulators in Ottawa and Washington, and he assists on judicial reviews and appeals to the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Paul also works with Fasken’s Government Relations and Political Law group on strategy and compliance matters, including accountability and public-sector conflicts of interest. Specifically, he has experience advising clients on federal and provincial lobbying regimes and enforcement activity throughout Canada.

Prior to joining Fasken, Paul served as a policy advisor to a federal Cabinet minister for three years. He also spent time consulting for a trade association representing Canada’s wireless telecommunications industry.

“The technical expertise and knowledge that I received in the MPM program has served me well, both in my time working in politics and now in the practice of law. The areas of law in which I work are frequently driven by public policy and political considerations; the evidence I rely on to make a case in regulatory settings often embeds the statistical, policy-based arguments that politicians must advance. Moreover, many senior partners working in private telecom practice have fine political sensibilities and powerful networks to rely on, so having these tools provides me a great deal of credibility within the industry. I can trace a great deal of my success in this complex area of law to my time in politics, and more fundamentally, my time in the MPM program before that.” – Paul Burbank

Last revision: Nov 08, 2019