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").


Steven A. Lerman
Managing Member


  • Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Distiguished Pro Bono Achievement Award
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated for 25 Years
  • Super Lawyers--Steven Lerman, Meredith Senter, Dennis Corbett, Brian Madden


  • American Tower Corporation
  • Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.
  • CBS Corp.
  • Dial Global
  • Entercom Communications
  • Gray Television Inc
  • Greater Media Inc.
  • Hughes Network Systems LLC
  • Journal Communications Inc.
  • Lincoln Financial Media Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Spanish Broadcasting Systems
  • Thirteen/WNET New York
  • Trimble Navigation Ltd
  • Viacom Inc

About Our Clients

American Society for Information Science & Technology
American Tower Corporation
Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.
Bigelow Aerospace, LLC
CBS Radio Inc.
CBS Television
Citadel Broadcasting Corporation
Council Tree Communications, Inc.
Davis Television, LLC
Debmar-Mercury LLC
DIC Entertainment
DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Encompass Digital Media, Inc.
Entercom Communications
Excelsior Radio Networks
Flying J Inc.
Galaxy Communications LP
GE Commercial Financial Services
Gray Television, Inc.
Greater Media Inc.
Great Scott Broadcasting
Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Journal Communications, Inc.
Lavasoft AB
Lincoln Financial Media Company
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc.
Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
MMG Ventures, LLP
MTV Networks
Multicultural Television Broadcasting LLC
Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corporation
Northwest Broadcasting Company and Affiliates
Opportunity Capital Investment Group
Pacesetter Investment Group
Ramar Communications
Row 44, Inc.
Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.
Sensormatic Electronics Corporation
Sesame Workshop
Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation
ShootingStar Broadcasting
Showtime Networks, Inc.
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Syndicated Communications Investment Group (Syncom)
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
The WB Television Network
Thirteen/WNET New York
Trimble Navigation Limited
U.S. GPS Industry Council
VerStandig Broadcasting
Viacom Inc.
Westwood One Inc.
WQED Pittsburgh


S. Jenell Trigg
Intellectual Property, Internet & E-Commerce
(202) 416-1090
Dennis P. Corbett
(202) 416-6780
Stephen D. Baruch
Satellite & Spectrum Policy
(202) 416-6782