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Year founded: 1982
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What Sets Us Apart


For more than forty years, Lerman Senter 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 our clients.

Our clients include companies and institutions of all sizes in the broadcast and media; broadband, spectrum, utilities and communications infrastructure; satellite; intellectual property; and privacy, data security and e-commerce 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.

*Client Focus*

Lerman Senter maintains 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.


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


Our attorneys have:

-Negotiated hundreds of major broadcast transactions, including some of the largest acquisitions and sales in the history of the industry.

-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.

-Prepared FCC applications for facilities modifications, channel and/or community of license changes, temporary and experimental authorizations, assignments and transfers of control, and license renewals.

-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.

-Counseled broadband providers on internet governance, privacy, cybersecurity, and law enforcement obligations.

-Helped clients acquire spectrum rights and licenses to support and expand broadband and utility operations.

-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.

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

-Assisted clients in obtaining state and local zoning approvals for siting and constructing communications towers and collocating communications equipment.

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

-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.

-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.

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

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

-Assisted with bankruptcies and restructurings for clients in the communications and telecommunications industries.

-Advised on email marketing issues under the federal CAN-SPAM Act and various state and international laws that govern email and other electronic communications.

-Advised on federal telemarketing laws such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), as amended by the Junk Fax Prevention Act, and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, and various state and international laws.

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

Firm News

August 16, 2023
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Lerman Senter PLLC is nationally ranked in 1 practice areas and metro ranked in 2 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Communications Law

Metro Rankings

Washington, D.C.
Tier 1 for Communications Law
Tier 1 for Privacy and Data Security Law

About Our Clients

Our clients include companies and institutions of all sizes in the media, wireless, broadband, satellite, utilities infrastructure, intellectual property, and e-commerce 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.

Select Clients

  • Aeronet Wireless Broadband
  • All Points Broadband
  • Antietam Broadband
  • Audacy Communications
  • Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.
  • Broadband VI
  • Cable Bahamas
  • Caribbean Cable Cooperative
  • Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)
  • Davis Broadcasting of Columbus and Atlanta
  • Dial Global
  • Eternal Word Network
  • Etheric Networks
  • Galaxy Communications
  • HC2 Broadcasting
  • Hughes Network Systems
  • L.M. Communications
  • Lehigh University
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Massillon Cable TV/Clear Picture (MCTV)
  • Meruelo Media
  • Midco
  • New York City Media
  • Nextlink Internet
  • Northwestern University
  • Point Broadband
  • Redzone Wireless
  • Republic Services
  • Resound Networks
  • Rise Broadband
  • Sarkes Tarzian, Inc.
  • Sinclair Broadcasting
  • Spanish Broadcasting Systems
  • The Family Radio Network
  • 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
  • ViacomCBS
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Wisper ISP


National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Communications Law

Regional Rankings

Washington, D.C.
Tier 1 for Communications Law
Tier 1 for Privacy and Data Security Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Broadcasting
  • Communications Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Media Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Regulatory
  • Technology Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Trademark Law
  • Utilities Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Lerman Senter PLLC has 10 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Lerman Senter PLLC eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Ranked a Top Communications Law Firm by Chambers and Partners for Providers of Telecom, Broadcast and Satellite Legal Services
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers:  Steve Berman, Sally Buckman, David Burns, Steve Coran, Rebecca Jacobs Goldman, Steve Lerman, Mark Palchick, Meredith Senter, Jr., S. Jenell Trigg
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated for Over 25 Years
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers:  Sally Buckman, Art Harding, Erin Kim, Steve Lerman, Brian Madden, Meredith Senter, Jr.

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Management and Personnel

Managing Member
Sally A. Buckman


Broadband, Spectrum, and Communications Infrastructure
Stephen E. Coran
Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity
S. Jenell Trigg
David S. Keir
Intellectual Property
Louis J. Levy
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