Best Lawyers for Communications Law in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Technology Law Privacy and Data Security Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    White Plains, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music First Amendment Law Copyright Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Energy Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
Andrew G. McBride was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrew G. McBride

McGuireWoods LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Employment Law - Management Communications Law Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Communications Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
Mark W. Williams was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mark W. Williams

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Technology Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Banking and Finance Law Arbitration Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Tysons, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Communications Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New Albany, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law

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Practice Area Definition

Communications Law Definition

The term “Communications Law” encompasses a broad range of legal and regulatory issues involving the provision of the following services and platforms: wired and wireless telecommunications, broadcasting, cable television, the Internet, satellite communications, and information services. Communications lawyers represent providers and users of these services, as well as manufacturers of equipment, technology developers, application service providers, and other industry participants. Practitioners appear at federal, state, and local levels in courts, regulatory agencies, and legislative bodies, where they assist clients in shaping the laws, regulations, and policies governing telecommunications and media operations. They also assist clients in obtaining required licenses, negotiating and documenting transactions, maintaining compliance with communications laws and policies, and defending enforcement actions. In the international arena, communications lawyers participate in bilateral negotiations and multinational conferences.

Communications technology, law, policy, and regulation evolve continually, so the definition of Communications Law is extremely dynamic. For example, recent developments in communications technologies have extended the reach of communications law to cover new applications in diverse fields ranging from online and mobile media to energy and health care, and have raised significant issues in the areas of privacy and consumer protection.

Today’s communications, information, and technology markets have profound impacts both on the domestic and world economies and on the daily lives of virtually everyone. Communications lawyers help put their clients in a position to succeed in these competitive markets by devising policy positions and advocacy strategies, advising on best compliance practices and obtaining needed approvals. They must become familiar with the nuts and bolts of the technologies used by their clients in their business operations, and must master the changing legal and regulatory landscapes in which clients conduct those operations. Novel issues often challenge attorneys in this field to devise new approaches for advocacy in the regulatory arena, transactional negotiations, and litigation. Clients seeking communications counsel should seek out firms and attorneys who have deep subject matter expertise, but who also have demonstrated the ability to adapt to new developments and learn new things in order to better protect and advance client interests in this constantly shifting legal and regulatory landscape.
The term “Communications Law” encompasses a broad range of legal and regulatory issues involving the provision of the following services and platforms: wired and wireless telecommunications, broadcasting, cable television, the Internet, satellite communications, and information services. Communications lawyers represent providers and users of these services, as well as manufacturers of equipment, technology developers, application service providers, and other industry participants. Practitioners appear at federal, state, and local levels in courts, regulatory agencies, and legislative bodies, where they assist clients in shaping the laws, regulations, and policies governing telecommunications and media operations. They also assist clients in obtaining required licenses, negotiating and documenting transactions, maintaining compliance with communications laws and policies, and defending enforcement actions. In the international arena, communications lawyers participate in bilateral negotiations and multinational conferences.

Communications technology, law, policy, and regulation evolve continually, so the definition of Communications Law is extremely dynamic. For example, recent developments in communications technologies have extended the reach of communications law to cover new applications in diverse fields ranging from online and mobile media to energy and health care, and have raised significant issues in the areas of privacy and consumer protection.

Today’s communications, information, and technology markets have profound impacts both on the domestic and world economies and on the daily lives of virtually everyone. Communications lawyers help put their clients in a position to succeed in these competitive markets by devising policy positions and advocacy strategies, advising on best compliance practices and obtaining needed approvals. They must become familiar with the nuts and bolts of the technologies used by their clients in their business operations, and must master the changing legal and regulatory landscapes in which clients conduct those operations. Novel issues often challenge attorneys in this field to devise new approaches for advocacy in the regulatory arena, transactional negotiations, and litigation. Clients seeking communications counsel should seek out firms and attorneys who have deep subject matter expertise, but who also have demonstrated the ability to adapt to new developments and learn new things in order to better protect and advance client interests in this constantly shifting legal and regulatory landscape.