Christopher B Fisher: Telecom Attorney & Land Use Lawyer in New York

Christopher B. Fisher 914 761 1300
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Matters + Case Studies
Community Service
Chris is Managing Partner at the firm and concentrates his practice on telecommunications, land use, zoning, energy permitting and litigation. He is Chairman of the firm’s Telecommunications group and a past Chairman of the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development group, two of the largest infrastructure practices in New York and Connecticut. Chris also served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee for the period 2003-2013.

Chris has been lead counsel in several precedent setting cases involving nuanced areas of zoning and claims under the Federal Communications, Fair Housing and Civil Rights Acts. Chris represents wireless carriers, tower companies, DAS providers, residential and commercial developers, retailers, private associations, and public utilities typically in the states of New York and Connecticut.

Clients consult with Chris on varied aspects of infrastructure and real estate development and frequently seek his advice regarding the Telecommunications Act, New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act, Connecticut’s Public Utility and Environmental Standards and numerous other federal, state and local laws regulating development. He routinely appears before state and municipal land use, zoning and environmental permitting agencies such as local planning boards, zoning commissions and the State of Connecticut Siting Council. Chris has extensive experience in the siting of wireless facilities and telecommunications infrastructure at the local, state and national level.

Chris serves in several leadership roles for national and state trade associations. He is a founding board member of the New York State Wireless Association (NYSWA) and served as its President from 2012-2018. He currently serves as NYSWA’s State and Local Government Affairs Advisor. He was appointed to WIA’s Innovation and Technology Council and chaired a working group focusing on municipal government relations and small cell policy. Chris also serves on the Board of the Westchester County Association and leads its Gigabit initiative.


  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., Certificate in Environmental Law, cum laude; 1994
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. in Geography; 1990


  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Awards + Recognitions

  • City and State Telecommunications Power 50 list; 2021
  • Distinguished Service Award, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; 2019
  • Leadership Award, Westchester County Association (WCA); 2018
  • New York Metropolitan Area Super Lawyers® in Communications Law; 2013-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®; 2019-2021

Professional Associations

  • New York State Wireless Association, Founder; Past President, 2012-2018; State and Local Government Affairs Advisor, 2018-present
  • The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), Member
  • WIA Innovation and Technology Council
  • Hetnet Forum, Member
  • Westchester County Association, Executive Committee Member & Gigabit Initiative Liaison

Presentations + Publications

Best Practices for Reopening Westchester, Part IV: An Inside Look into Our Digital Connectivity
Westchester County Association
July 8, 2020

Wireless Forum
June 21, 2019

Something for Everyone at NYSWA’s Wireless Forum
AGL Media Group
May 24, 2019

Inside the Industry: Growth in Digital Infrastructure
March 26, 2019

Opportunities to Streamline and Attract Wireless Infrastructure Deployments
NYSAC 2019 Legislative Conference
January 28, 2019

“5G Small Cell Technology in Central New York: Moving Forward”
State Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter and NYSWA Hosted Event
June, 2018

“Wireless Forum”
June, 2017

“Smart Cities: Using Technology for Downtown Renewal”
Vision Long Island Annual Smart Growth Summit
December, 2017

“Broadband Planning”
Wireless Broadband Alliance “Connected Cities” Conference
November, 2017

“Enabling Wireless Networks Everywhere”
New York Wireless Industry Advocacy Day
April, 2017

“Wireless Downtowns: Smart Growth for Municipalities”
Hudson Valley Tech Meetup
March, 2017

“Zoning and Land Use Principles for CT Vineyards & Wineries”
CT Vineyard and Winery Association’s Annual Meeting on Zoning and Land Use, February, 2017, Speaker

“Smart Cities”
Vision Long Island, December 2016 Annual Smart Growth Conference

“Small Cell Siting and Zoning”
CTIA Tower & Small Cell Summit, September 2016 Annual Conference

“City Planners’ View of ‘Ideal Connected Cities’”
Wireless Connect, August 2016 at U. of Maryland

“NYC Broadband Case Study”
Wireless Infrastructure Association, May 2016 Annual Conference

“The Future of the Wireless Industry”
National Association of Tower Erectors, Nate Unite, February 2016

PCIA Innovation and Technology Council White Paper on Best Practices for DAS, Small Cells, and Street Furniture Deployments
HetNet Forum, October 2015
Contributing author

NYSWA Wireless Forum, 2015

“Planning and Permitting Mobile Broadband Communications Infrastructure: Is It Time To Amend Your Local Code?”
Touro Law Center’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Institute, May 2015

“Hot Topics in Land Use”
Pace Law School Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Conference, December 2014

“The 3 R’s- Reliability, Resilience and Restoration”
PCIA 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show
Hollywood, FL; October 2013

NYSWA Trade Show & Conference
NYC, NY; June 2013

“Rethinking Westchester: A Blueprint for Smart Growth”
WCA Reinventing Westchester Conference, June 2013
Moderator/Organizer of Panel

“Federal Collocation by Right Legislation and City of Arlington’s pending U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the FCC shot clock ruling”
AGL Southwest Regional Conference
Dallas, TX; November 2012

“NYSWA’s Model Ordinance for Wireless Infrastructure Siting – New Approaches to Conflict Avoidance, Consultants and Municipal Planning for Wireless Service”
NYSWA 5th Annual Trade Show & Conference
Niagara Falls, NY; June 2012

“Wireless Trends for Office Campus, Educational & Medical Institutions”
WCA Blueprint Meeting, May 2012
Principal Speaker

“Local Siting Trends”
PCIA 2011 Wireless Infrastructure Show

“Wireless Services, Infrastructure & Zoning: A Time for Local Regulatory Change in New York?”
New York Zoning Law and Practice Report, 2011

“Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) – Meeting the Growing Demand for Broadband Mobile Services”
NYSWA 2011 Trade Show & Conference

“The Role of Green Building Design and Public Safety Communications in the Inbuilding Marketplace”
The DAS Forum, 2011

“Deployment Dam”
PCIA 2010 Wireless Infrastructure Show

“FCC Shot Clock Rules and Local Strategies for Siting Success”
NYSWA 2010 Trade Show & Conference

“Wireless 101”
NYS Association of Towns, 2009

“Municipal Tower Siting”; “Distributed Antenna Systems”; “Latest Trends in Zoning”
NYSWA 2009 Trade Show & Conference

“Emerging Trends in Zoning and Community Engagement”
PCIA 2008 Wireless Infrastructure Show

“Environmental Risk Management: How Dirty is Too Dirty?”
NYSWA 2008 Trade Show & Conference

“Fulfilling the Mandate of Section 706: Deploying Advanced Wireless Services under the 1996 Telecommunications Act”
PCIA 2007 Wireless Infrastructure Show

“Phase II Regulations – Municipal Stormwater Management Plans”
Seminar in Dutchess County, 2002

“Local Zoning And The Wireless Revolution: How Much Municipal Discretion Is There In A Wireless World? An Update On The Telecommunications Act Of 1996 And Wireless Facility Siting In New York”
NYSBA Municipal Lawyer, 2001

“Local Zoning And The Wireless Revolution”
NYSBA Municipal Lawyer, 1998

“Zoning Regulation of Religious Land Uses”
Municipal Law Resource Center, 1998

Local Cellular Telephone Regulation Moratoria
New York Law Journal, 1995

“Environmental Concerns in the Sale or Purchase of a Small Business”
NYSBA, 1994


  • ExteNet Systems, Inc. v. Village of Pelham, No. 18-CV-5281 (S.D.N.Y. 2019)
  • Orange County-Poughkeepsie Limited Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless and Homeland Towers, LLC v. Town of East Fishkill, et al., No. 5–521–cv. (2d Cir. Nov. 10, 2015)
  • New York SMSA Limited Partnership v. Town of Clarkstown, 612 F.3d 97 (2d Cir. 2010)
  • Metro PCS New York, LLC v. City of Mount Vernon, 439 F. Supp. 2d 409 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Lucas v. Planning Bd. of Town of LaGrange, 7 F. Supp. 2d 310 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)
  • Smart SMR of New York, Inc. v. Zoning Comm’n of the Town of Stratford, 995 F. Supp. 52 (D. Conn. 1998)

Community Service

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, Industry Representative
  • Pace University School of Law, Board of Visitors
  • Past Town of Ridgefield Economic Development Commission Member


  • Chris and his wife Geriann spend as much time as possible with their two children. He also plays late night adult league ice hockey and can be found wakesurfing on Candlewood Lake in the summertime.

Christopher B. Fisher

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The trick to helping clients achieve success is to understand their business, listen and use creative thinking to come up with solutions to what might only be perceived as legal problems. Ultimately, it's about results and helping clients get there. Knowing I helped a community grow and meet its needs with new housing, businesses or access to broadband just makes getting results all the more rewarding. –Chris

We have curated a selection of blogs, legal alerts, and client successes in our 2021 Telecommunications Practice Newsletter which will certainly influence the telecommunications industry in the coming years.
On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Christopher B. Fisher, Managing Partner and Chair of the firm’s Telecommunications Group will present at the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Fall Training School for City and Village Officials.
With the advent of 5G a few years ago, numerous agencies in the City of New York undertook evaluations of their rules and regulations governing the deployment of wireless facilities throughout the five boroughs.