david.carter@innovistalaw.com  (202) 869-1502   (D.C.) (804) 729-0052 (Richmond)

(202) 869-1502 (D.C.)
(804) 729-0052 (Richmond)


David Carter

I became a lawyer because I wanted to use my strategic abilities to help others solve problems; I remain a lawyer because of the satisfaction of working with clients who are on the cutting edge of innovation and shaping the world around them. And that's why I founded Innovista Law.

My telecommunications practice has run the gamut, but my most challenging and rewarding work involves competitive carriers that are taking on the established incumbents through new service offerings or business models. This work has taken me across the country and even into foreign nations. These multi-prong disputes often involve challenges in federal and state courts, as well as before the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory agencies. They require a deep understanding of litigation strategy and regulatory policymaking as well as technical knowledge. I have also helped give voice to competitive carriers on issues of national importance, including representing national trade associations on issues involving the regulation of the open Internet and on access charge reform. 

Working with clients that are at the intersection of technology and social innovation to create great positive impact is another area that has always inspired me. In this arena, I have been fortunate to work with the U.S. Department of State on projects in Brazil, to lead a national conference with the Corporation on National and Community Service around technology and social impact, to work with companies that are bringing innovative broadband services to the most rural parts of our country, and to collaborate with the nation’s leading producer of educational and information television programming to impact lives through technology.  I previously chaired the board of social innovation at George Mason University.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit


  • William & Mary Law School, JD  (William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal), 2006
  • The College of William & Mary, BA, Public Policy, 2001

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • "TCPA Compliance Burden Amidst Increased Litigation: Key Developments You Should Know," The Knowledge Group Webinar, November 2017

A founding member of Innovista Law, Joseph Bowser represents competitive carriers, technology and software companies, and brands whose marketing or privacy practices have been challenged.
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Member of Innovista Law, Martin Cunniff has over twenty-five years of litigation experience including serving as chair of commercial litigation for the largest litigation firm in the world.  Much of his experience has been as lead counsel in high exposure cases involving complex procedural mechanisms such as class actions. 
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ERNESTO MENDIETA, Foreign Legal Consultant
Ernesto Mendieta has five years of telecommunications and corporate law experience working as a Senior Associate for a top telecommunications law firm in Mexico City.  He completed his LL.M. at Georgetown University, with an emphasis on U.S. and International Communications Law.
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JOHN NELSON, Associate
Previously serving as the firm’s intern and summer associate, John joined Innovista Law as an Associate in 2017.  This experience, along with his educational background in administrative law and regulatory compliance, has allowed him to quickly familiarize himself with various areas of telecommunications law, policy, and litigation.
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