Attorney Bio:

Mr. O'Flaherty has been representing companies in the tower industry throughout the United States for over eighteen years. His extensive experience with this industry ranges from contractual negotiations to litigation. He has served in a lead investigatory role in tower related accidents and collapses, evaluated insurance coverages for towers, negotiated tower construction contracts, negotiated and defended OSHA citations and assisted in preparation of safety manuals for tower contractors.

He has led multiple tower collapse investigations involving 2000 ft. towers in Missouri in 1988, Mississippi in 1997, Nebraska in 2002, Louisiana in 2004 and a 1700' tower in Georgia in 2005.  He has also participated in investigating the failures of a 1000’ tower in Kansas in 2007 and a 1000’ tower in North Carolina in 2007. These investigations required negotiations with federal investigators, insurance investigators, family representatives for deceased workers, property owners who had leased equipment destroyed on the towers, tower manufacturers, and major network affiliates and tower owners. Several lawsuits were filed in numerous venues where he also served in the lead role in conducting discovery and trial.

Mr. O'Flaherty's tower work has also allowed him to serve as a liaison between tower contractors, owners and insurance carriers, negotiating insurance coverage and other matters. One such action led to involvement in a series of lawsuits in North Carolina. This litigation involved the deaths of a pilot and emergency nurse when a helicopter hit a recently constructed 300 foot cellular tower.

He also has advised tower clients, both nationally and internationally regarding contractual issues arising during the construction of large scale projects. For example, he served as lead trial counsel in Fairfax County, Virginia in an action involving contractual issues surrounding a 16 tower project for the Voice of America agency in Sri Lanka.

Mr. O'Flaherty has also participated in negotiating and selling tower related businesses and assets. During 2007 Mr. O’Flaherty was hired as co legal counsel for a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group in its acquisition at Global Tower Partners for an enterprise value of $1.4 billion. Also, in 2007 Mr. O’Flaherty represented the seller of tower assets and operations in an $8.9 million asset sale. Consequently, he has negotiated with tower owners, manufacturers, developers, lessors, lessees, secured lenders, bankruptcy trustees, and other interested parties in disposing of both real property and related equipment.

He is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters and has attended its annual meeting. He has spoken at the national convention on his experiences involving tower collapses. Mr. O'Flaherty also follows tower industry groups such as the National Association of Tower Erectors. He has had articles on the tower industry published in professional association journals.

Mr. O'Flaherty is able to easily travel on an emergency basis to locations throughout the country in the event of an unfortunate accident or event involving a tower or related property. In addition, his firm has the technical ability to maintain immediate contact with his clients at reasonable rates for his services.

Mr. O'Flaherty would be proud to serve as a resource for your company on any tower matter. His expertise and understanding of the legal, engineering and regulatory issues involving towers is a powerful resource for your business.



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