Firm Profile

Lerman Senter PLLC
2001 L Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
United States
(202) 429.8970

Firm Details

What Sets Us Apart


For more than a quarter century, Lerman Senter PLLC has effectively and efficiently served the diverse legal needs of communications and media clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as the United States Congress and the courts. The firm's size, in combination with its breadth of practice and experience in both regulatory and commercial affairs, allows us to provide top-quality, responsive, personalized and cost-effective service to all of our clients.

*Client Focus*

The firm strives to maintain an appropriate balance between its size and client needs. We take a comprehensive, full-service approach to providing legal and advisory services to our clients - large and small - with particular emphasis on quality, productivity, and responsiveness. Lerman Senter takes great pride in having created a collegial, effective law practice environment, which provides a diversity of services with the personalized attention our clients require and deserve.


The firm has taken unique, innovative approaches to the varied, complex issues that clients have faced in the increasingly dynamic telecommunications industry. We have assisted clients in several different fields to introduce new telecommunications services, or telecommunications-related products and technology, through the development and/or original interpretation of regulations and statutes, as well as through aggressive business strategies.


Over the years our attorneys have:

-Negotiated directly, or assisted other counsel with respect to, hundreds of major broadcast transactions, including some of the largest acquisitions and sales in the history of the industry;

-Through lobbying efforts and proof-of-concept service applications, assisted a client in establishing the first FCC regulations allowing and governing the use of satellite Earth Stations on Vessels (ESVs) operating at sea in the C-band and Ku-band frequencies;

-Resurrected a client's ability to register a critical trademark in key markets around the world through a novel regulatory approach and successful negotiation of a global trademark settlement agreement;

-Advised clients on data privacy, security, e-commerce issues and related website liability issues and drafted related website terms of use, privacy policies, and user content submission agreements;

-Significantly influenced and helped create FCC policies with respect to new global satellite systems providing fixed, as well as mobile voice and data services, in all world regions;

-Developed and implemented training programs for broadcasting companies to promote employee awareness and compliance with regulations and broadcast standards concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity; payola, plugola and sponsorship identification; and diversity;

-Negotiated e-commerce agreements on behalf of clients, including online software distribution and reseller agreements;

-Obtained licensing - after extensive domestic and international regulatory efforts and Congressional lobbying - of the world's first privately-owned operational international satellite system;

-Developed FCC auction, regulatory, and business strategy for a client to introduce a new nationwide wireless services network;

-Through extended domestic and international negotiations, created the first U.S. "transborder" satellite operation, now well-established in U.S. telecommunications policy; and

-Successfully represented clients in administrative proceedings under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP").


Sally A. Buckman
Managing Member


  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated for 25 Years
  • Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Distiguished Pro Bono Achievement Award
  • Super Lawyers--Steven Lerman, Meredith Senter, Sally Buckman, Jenell Trigg 


  • Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.
  • CBS Corp.
  • Davis Broadcasting of Columbus
  • Dial Global
  • Entercom Communications
  • Galaxy Communications
  • HC2 Broadcasting
  • Lehigh University
  • Hughes Network Systems LLC
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Meruelo Media
  • New York City Media
  • Republic Services
  • Sinclair Broadcasting
  • Spanish Broadcasting Systems
  • The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
  • The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)
  • Thirteen/WNET New York
  • Trimble Navigation Ltd
  • University System of Maryland
  • Viacom Inc
  • Western Kentucky University
  • West Virginia University

About Our Clients

Our clients include companies and institutions of all sizes in the media, wireless, broadband, satellite, and utilities infrastructure industries. Our core expertise is helping our clients understand, comply with, and advocate for changes in communications policies and regulations. We also help our clients in related operational areas including transactions, intellectual property, and privacy and data security. We are experts at explaining the legal requirements affecting our clients' businesses — and advising clients on the best ways to use those requirements to their advantage.


Nancy A. Ory
Broadcast and Media
(202) 416-6791
Stephen E. Coran
Broadband, Spectrum, Utilities, and Communications Infrastructure
(202) 416-6744
S. Jenell Trigg
Privacy, Data Security, and E-Commerce
(202) 416-1090
David S. Keir
(202) 416-6742

Firm Practice Areas

  • Broadcasting
  • Communications Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Media Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Technology Law

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