“. . . a major player in the telecom field . . . [a ranking that is] reflected in his significant caseload dealing with issues as they relate to the 1996 Telecom Act.”
Chambers USA


J. Tyson Covey is partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office whose practice focuses primarily on telecommunications regulation and related litigation. As regulatory and appellate counsel for a large telecommunications carrier, Ty has provided authoritative legal guidance on many issues relating to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as well as state law, including proceedings in 26 different state commissions and several state and federal courts. Ty’s cases have involved a wide variety of issues on topics like deregulation, preemption, interconnection, pricing, and intercarrier compensation. Recent proceedings have included:

  • Drafting briefs and testimony to successfully oppose state regulation of broadband services and facilities
  • Acting as lead outside counsel in novel effort by large ILEC to relinquish ETC designation, leading to success in 16 states (and counting)
  • Drafting briefs to persuade California Appellate Court to twice reverse CPUC orders on intervenor compensation
  • Acting as lead counsel in hearings and/or appeals in successful competitive declassification cases for wireline voice service
  • Acting as lead counsel to recover unpaid intercarrier compensation charges or prevent schemes to avoid such charges

Ty has been included in Chambers USA for communications law every year since 2003, and in 2016 was recognized by Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the year” for Chicago in Administrative/Regulatory Law.

Spoken Languages

  • English


  • Regulated Industries: Regulatory counsel for telecommunications companies in a variety of proceedings before state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers: Counsel for Ameritech Corporation and SBC Communications in state regulatory approvals of SBC/Ameritech, SBC/AT&T, and AT&T/BellSouth mergers.
  • Emergency Litigation: Counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in connection with motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in federal courts and state agencies.
  • Natural Gas: Trial/regulatory counsel in “performance-based ratemaking” proceedings and various state agency complaint cases.
  • Electricity: Regulatory counsel in state regulatory proceedings regarding electric rates, as well as appeals from state agency orders.


University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude
Administrative Editor, University of Illinois Law Review; Order of the Coif

Augustana College, BA, magna cum laude
Member, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Illinois


  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Administrative Law Section, and Public Utilities, Communications and Transportation Law Section