Donald I. Hackney Jr.

Of Counsel

Direct: 404.873.8638
Fax: 404.873.8639
171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363


Donald is of counsel in the firm’s Telecommunications practice and the Corporate Finance & Securities Offerings practice.

Donald focuses his practice in the telecommunications industry, where he represents wireless and wireline carriers and other providers of broadband telecommunications services. His notable transactions have included merger and acquisition deals, wireless affiliation projects, joint ventures and inter-carrier transactions. He has advised clients on regulatory matters, including obtaining licensing and government grants and loans for the firm’s telecommunications and technology clients. Donald has provided securities and financing advice for venture capital and private equity transactions, high-yield debt offerings and other corporate finance transactions.

Donald has served several terms as the Co-chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Communications Bar Association and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Association of Telecom Professionals. From March 1988 to July 1991, he was Senior Corporate Counsel of Contel Corporation, a publicly-held telecommunications company. He represented Contel in its acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions.  He and his family have enjoyed traveling through five continents.


  • Over the course of nine years, represented a series of three Sprint PCS network partners with respect  to their affiliation agreements with Sprint. Advised the clients with respect to all aspects of the contractual relationships and  represented two of the affiliates in the ultimate sale of their businesses.

  • Represented Horizon PCS, a wireless carrier, in the simultaneous closing of a $125 million private equity investment, a $175 million high yield bond deal, and a senior secured debt facility. This transaction funded Horizon’s business plan and permitted it to significantly expand its network territory.

  • Represented broadband, wireless and wireline carriers in debt and equity financing transactions, such as IPOs, high yield notes, venture capital and private equity investments and senior secured loans.

  • Represented telecom and technology companies in the successful purchase or sale of their business. Transactions include the acquisition of Contel by GTE ($6 billion); the sale of Horizon PCS to iPCS ($240 million); the sale of Gulf Coast Wireless to Sprint; the sale of Contel Credit to GE Capital.

  • Represented telecom carriers in obtaining and deploying grant and loan funds from Federal programs, such as the Broadband Stimulus program of the ARRA; loans from the Rural Utilities Service of the Department of Agriculture;  and loans and grants from several FCC programs.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctor,
    magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Notes Editor, University of Georgia Law Review
  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts,
    summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • State of Georgia 1978
    • Federal Communications Bar Association (former Co-chair of the Atlanta Chapter)
    • Atlanta Telecom Professionals, Executive Advisory Board
    • Wireless Technology Forum


  • Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2013-23
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-05, 2013
  • The Legal 500 U.S., 2010-11

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